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Vancouver marches on (Part 2)

Item consists of part of a motion picture film which depicts the history of Vancouver. The production is an amateur film in four parts. The history of Vancouver is told through a series of filmed photo stills, ?borrowed? film footage from other sources, and original film segments. Narration is provided with intertitles and scrolling and animated text.

Reel two features Vancouver airport, including a biplane (Lockheed Model 10 Electra) and a Canadian Airways passenger plane, the airport hangar and terminal building; shots of a steamer ship entering the harbour; the Marine Building, Hotel Vancouver, and the Burrard Street Bridge;coverage of the opening of Vancouver City Hall (parade with a pipe band, a car with dignitaries (possibly Mayor Gerry McGreer), and Mounties); the Pattullo Bridge; an unidentified paper mill and surrounding landscape; the funeral of George V; excavation work for the foundations of the Lions Gate Bridge; the abdication of Edward VIII and his subsequent marriage to Wallis Simpson.

Cooke, Larry

Vancouver marches on (Part 1)

Item consists of part of a motion picture film which depicts the history of Vancouver. The production is an amateur film in four parts. The history of Vancouver is told through a series of filmed photo stills, ?borrowed? film footage from other sources, and original film segments. Narration is provided with intertitles and scrolling and animated text.

Reel one includes: discovery of the site of Vancouver by George Vancouver, Old Hastings Mill Store, the great 1886 fire, the arrival of steam ships and the CPR, the beginnings of industrialisation in Vancouver until the First World War, WWI and the war front, George V and the Prince of Wales, post-war recovery, economic boom, the 1929 stock market crash, a 1932 stock recovery. Prosperity and youth are illustrated with women?s calisthenics (possibly Pro-Rec activities), busses, trams, street scenes, and shots of buildings on the UBC campus.

Cooke, Larry

A city celebrates

Item consists of a motion picture film depicting highlights of the Military Searchlight Tattoo at Empire Stadium as a part of the Vancouver International Festival marking the city's 75th anniversary. The film also includes scenes of the SS Canberra entering the harbour, aerial views of the city, members of the New York Ballet Company playing on the beach, soldiers on a trampoline, and scenes of fishing in a river.

The tattoo itself includes bugle calls, military marching bands from around Canada and the UK, pipe bands, Scottish dancing, and a Royal Air Force gymnastic exhibition. The finale of the tattoo involved all 1066 performers on the field of Empire Stadium.

City of Vancouver

Bicycle ride

Item is an amateur film which captures images of Vancouver in 1974 as the creator, Hans Sipma, rode his bicycle about the city. The ride begins near Semlin Dr. and 1st Ave. and proceeds north to Kitchener St., then turns left onto Garden Drive and continues to East Hastings. Some storefronts on East Hastings are briefly visible before the ride continues northbound on Nanaimo, with Crown Mountain and Mt. Fromme visible on the horizon. The ride proceeds north to Wall St., and then along Wall St. eastbound to the Second Narrows Bridge (now the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing).

Crossing into North Vancouver, the bike is directed westbound along Main, Cotton Dr., and Low Level Rd., where the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool substation is visible. The bike detours over the train tracks and onto Pier 94, capturing images of ships, cranes, and lumber piles before continuing west via Esplanade Ave., Forbes Ave., and 3rd St. to Marine Drive. The ride then captures stills westbound along Marine Drive, passing Pemberton Ave. and Capilano Rd. before crossing Lions Gate Bridge back into Vancouver.

From the bridge, Mr. Sipma ventured up on a trail to Prospect Point before proceeding southbound on Stanley Park Dr., then catching another trail down to Third Beach. Along the seawall numerous people are seen walking, and the downtown skyline grows nearer. He proceeds past Second Beach Pool and captures several stills of Englesea Lodge. As he travels down the Seaside Bicycle Route, the Burrard Street Bridge can be seen in the background.

He makes his way up Beach Ave. before carrying his bicycle up a set of concrete stairs to the surface of Burrard Street Bridge, where he dodges those walking on the sidewalk as he rides southbound. He pauses briefly at the intersection of Burrard and Cornwall before riding southeast toward Granville Island. As he continues along the Seaside Bicycle Route, a great deal of construction can be seen along the south side waterfront of False Creek. There are glimpses of the north shore of False Creek. Mr. Sipma emerges from the trail and heads east, pausing briefly at Cambie and 2nd Ave. before heading along 1st Ave. He heads north up Quebec St. He then turns to head back home, heading down Main St., and then 1st Ave. via Terminal Ave until he hits Victoria Dr., from which he turns homebound into an alley just as the film runs out. During his ride, Mr. Sipma captures gas prices, buses, cars, stores, signs, city skylines and buildings, clothing, and much more in 1974 Vancouver.

Vancouver Jubilee

Item is a promotional film showing the Diamond Jubilee celebration events, a brief history of Vancouver and concludes with footage of Vancouver after 1945. The film shows historical photographs of Vancouver and focuses on various aspects of development in Vancouver including industry, media, communications, transportation, power plants, city planning, city governance, tourism and architecture.

The film was commissioned by the Vancouver Jubilee Publicity Committee and later sponsored by the British Columbia Electric Company Ltd.

Individuals involved in the creation of the film include: John Young (Director of Photography), L.E. Weekes (Cameraman), Maureen Balfe (Editor), Gordon Inglis and Margaret Jestley (Narrators), C. Fredenburgh (Lighting), L.M. Parry (Producer), William D. Dix (Director)

This film is a re-print made by the Vancouver Museum in the late 1970's for a program called "Vancouver's Heritage in Film".

Trans-Canada Films

Around Vancouver

Item is a film containing home movie footage filmed by Allan Crocker. The film shows Stanley Park including the Stanley Park zoo, birds and the Dining Pavilion; Coal Harbour; the Lion's Gate Bridge; Queen Elizabeth Park; a trip to [Caribou?]; an airport; and Christmas celebrations at the Crocker residence, 7347 West Boulevard.

Tennis club

Item is a film containing home movie footage filmed by Allan Crocker. The film shows people playing tennis at Jericho Tennis Club, the exterior features and the view from Jericho Tennis Club. The film also shows Estelle Crocker leaving a retail store and driving a car.

'Stelle - office and home - Joe

Item is a film containing home movie footage filmed by Allan Crocker. The film shows Estelle Crocker at their residence at 7347 West Boulevard, driving in Vancouver, the 2600 block of Granville Street, building construction, the interior and exterior of Dr. Farquhar's office where Estelle Crocker worked as a medical office assistance, the interior of the residence and Joe the family dog.


Item is a promotional film for the British Properties Limited, Capilano Estates containing title cards. The film shows the properties including houses, the golf course, the tool house, the club house and surrounding landscape. The film also shows the clearing of land by British Properties.

Pacific Great Eastern Railway - 1949

Item is a film showing the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. Titles at the beginning note that this train travels through the Cariboo, and central and northern British Columbia. Most of the film shows scenery from a moving train, likely travel ling down the B.C. coast. Towards the end of the film, the train arrives at its final destination, Howe Sound. The camera operator boards a ferry which travels west along the Burrard Inlet to Vancouver’s harbor. There are shots of the Lions Gate Bridge, and the Vancouver skyline.

Central Park

Item is a film showing the Central Park Interurban line, and of the city from aboard the interurban. Notable scenes include parts of downtown Vancouver, Hastings Street and what appears to be the line along Vanness Avenue, now the Expo skytrain line. Street signs, buildings, houses, signboards and greenery are shown.

Fairview Belt Line

Item is a film showing footage of and from aboard the Fairview Belt Interurban line. Streetcars, automobiles, trucks, cyclists and pedestrians are shown. Areas include: Granville Street, Broadway, Main Street, Hastings Street, the Connaught Bridge, and Broadway from Granville to Main. Businesses, street signs, billboards and business signs are shown throughout.

The Yip Sang story

Item is a videocassette copy of an episode of the community television series, "Beyond the Lions Gate". Historical photographs, primarily from the City of Vancouver Archives, are interspersed with interviews of family members, two grandsons and one granddaughter-in-law of Yip Sang.

Gary Payne Communications


Film shows children playing in front of a suburban house, adults around the house sitting and mowing the lawn. After a very dark section around 01:45 the film goes on to show a family exploring a wooded area and playing with a front-end loader in a parking lot and a couple of brief scenes of cows.

Gabriel, Margaret (nee Kruger)

Stanley Park, the VanDusen Garden, and the visit of the Kaiwo Maru

Item is a documentary film documenting Stanley Park, the VanDusen Botanical Display Garden, and the visit to Vancouver of the Japanese tall ship the Kaiwo Maru. Footage taken at the VanDusen Garden includes the garden entrance, the administration/library/classroom building, flower beds, roses, trees, ponds, lily pads, blue herons, a starling, and stone sculptures. Footage from Stanley Park includes crowds at the Stanley Park Junction, children and adults riding the Stanley Park Miniature Railway, people watching bears at the Stanley Park Zoo, and other zoo animals including flamingoes and seals. Film also includes footage taken from a sail boat of the Kaiwo Maru in English Bay surrounded by numerous pleasurecraft, with a group of the Kaiwo Maru's crew standing on her bow. The film also includes footage of Vancouver Harbour, downtown Vancouver, and cruise ships at berth as viewed from the deck of a sail boat.

Gastown - Vancouver BC - VanDusen Gardens

Item is a documentary film documenting Gastown and the VanDusen Botanical Display Garden. Film includes footage taken in Gastown of the Captain John "Gassy Jack" Deighton statue, Hotel Europe, Water Street, the Old Spaghetti Factory, Vancouver Harbour Centre, SS Beaver replica at its moorings, Frisby's Restaurant, Seven Seas Imports, The Coggery, Gaslight Square (131 Water Street), the Gastown Steam Clock. The film also includes footage of a number of signs of Gastown businesses and places including Bootlegger, The Dublin House Irish Fashions, Tiffany Coiffures, Brother John's Restaurant, Cottage Deli Soup 'n' Sandwich, and Blood Alley Square. The film also includes footage taken at VanDusen Botanical Display Garden including shots of the entrance sign, parking lot, administration building, garden entrance, flowers, several ponds, a fountain, MacMillan Bloedel Place, children feeding geese, pavilions, ducks, swans, a bee, and a blue heron.

Sawmill fire and Jake Loeppky family

Item is an amateur film documenting family life and a sawmill fire in Vancouver. The film consists of home movie footage filmed by Jake Loeppky, including footage of Queen Elizabeth Park, the Stanley Park Zoo, children playing at the family home in Burnaby, children swimming, and the family entertaining at home. The film also includes footage of a logging camp, a large dam, bears, and people waterskiing. Of particular note is several minutes of footage of the five-alarm fire that destroyed the B.C. Forest Products plant and lumber storage facility at 999 West 6th Avenue on July 3, 1960.

City Lights Etc.

Item is an amateur film documenting Vancouver city lights at night in 1964, including several neon signs and Theatre Row on Granville Street. The film also contains snow scenes and footage of the William Gardner family at Capilano Road in North Vancouver in December 1964 and January 1965, and footage of the family at their West Vancouver home between May and July 1965.

Gardner, William

Vancouver Impressions

Item is an amateur film made in May 1973 documenting Vancouver and West Vancouver. The footage of downtown Vancouver streets taken from a car shows Georgia Street at Thurlow Street, looking east, and Georgia Street heading west from Howe to the Stanley Park Causeway. Footage of downtown streets taken on foot shows Granville Street at Robson Street looking South and the intersection of Granville and Georgia Streets. Landmarks shown include the Marine Building, Hotel Vancouver, Georgia Medical Building, Toronto Dominion Tower, the fountain at the Vancouver Art Gallery, totem poles at Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge and the exterior of the Vancouver Museum. Other places filmed include Vanier Park, Coal Harbour, Chinatown streets and businesses, and Water Street in Gastown. West Vancouver footage includes Lighthouse Park, Eagle Harbour, and views of West Vancouver from Burrard Inlet.

Syme, Andrew

[Vancouver and miscellaneous industrial activities]

Item is a documentary film documenting Vancouver street scenes and cityscapes as well as a variety of industrial activities. This films contains colour footage of a sea plane, mills and mining, shipbuilding, steel making, as well as Vancouver street scenes with people around Dunsmuir St. and the Georgia Hotel. The black and white portions of this film contain footage of Vancouver beach scenes.

[Vancouver history and Vancouver in the 1930s]

Item is a documentary film documenting a history of Vancouver using historical photographs, maps and records as well as street scenes of Vancouver in the 1930s. The historical portions of the film contain footage about the pioneers of Vancouver including Captain George Vancouver, John Morton (first resident of what was to become the City of Vancouver), Mr. Wm. Evans (engineer on the first transcontinental train into Port Moody), Lord Granville, John Robson, Richard Earl Howe, Admiral, and Sir Harry Burrard Neale. The film also contains footage of a map of First Narrows, Burrard Inlet, English Bay and nearby Government reserves as well as a map of False Creek, the West End and the East End. In addition there is footage of Hastings Mill (1887), Gastown (1887), the heart of the city (1884), the 1886 fire, City Hall after the fire, the CPR (1887), Indian ranches on Lost Lagoon, clearings near Stanley Park, Vancouver in 1888 and 1890, the entrance to Stanley Park (1890), as well as city scenes of Vancouver in the early twentieth century.

[Home gas stations in Vancouver and Lower Mainland]

Item is a documentary film documenting home gas stations in the Lower Mainland in the 1930s. The film contains footage primarily of the building structures, however, the occasional glimpses of a vehicle or a person can be seen as well. Specifically, this film documents Brett s Service Station (Chilliwack, B.C.), Mrs. Leach Home Corner (RR. L, Yale Road East, Chilliwack), Rosedale Garage (Rosedale, B.C.), Harrison Lake Transportation Co. Service Station (Harrison Lake, B.C.), Ed. Eklund (Matsqui, B.C.), Routledge Motors Ltd. (Matsqui, B.C.), Distributing Plant (Mission, B.C.), Central Service Station (Mission, B.C.), Routledge Motors Ltd. (Mission, B.C.), Boothbys Service Station (Mission, B.C.), Ed. Jones (Silverdale, B.C.), P.J. Wilson (Ruskin Dam, B.C.), Maple Ridge Motors (Haney, B.C.), Thompson s Service Station (Pitt Meadows, B.C.), Quadling s Service Station (901 Brunette St., New Westminster, B.C.), Reliable Service Station (914 Kingsway, city), Fraserview Service Station (1706 E. Marine, City), Shields Service Station (49th and Victoria), Excelsior Garage (5704 Victoria Drive), Grant Motors (49th and Fraser Ave.), Rapid Service Station (4102 Fraser Ave.), Keystone Service Station (19th and Main St.), Nagle Bros. (18 Water St.), Favorite Garage (596 E. Hastings St.), Limares Service Station (12th and Commercial Drive), Grandview Super Service (2098 Commercial Drive), Vernon Service Station (Vernon and Venables), Moosomin Service Station (Grandview highway, Ardley, B.C.), Grandview Auto Camp (Grandview Highway), and Burnaby Lake Service Station (Douglas and Spearling, Burnaby).

[Home gas stations in Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster]

Item is a documentary film documenting Home gas stations in the Lower Mainland in the 1930s. The film contains footage primarily of the building structures, however, the occasional glimpses of a vehicle, person and landscape can be seen as well. Specifically, this film documents National Service Station (1695 Main St.), Crescent Motors (263 East 7th Ave.), Southill Motors (2704 Kingsway), Carleton Service Station (Joyce and Kingsway, City), Joyce Road Garage (4905 Joyce Rd., City), Central Park Garage (4651 Kingsway, Burnaby), Pacific Avenue Garage (4495 Kingsway, New Westminster), Rose Auto Camp (4166 Kingsway, Burnaby), Burnaby Tourist Lodge (4050 Kingsway, New Westminster), Jubilee Garage (3600 Nelson St., Burnaby), Hollywood Service Station (2674 Kingsway, New Westminster), Kingsway and Dublin Service (Kingsway and Dublin, New Westminster), Morrison s Garage (1102 Kingsway, New Westminster), Brandon Auto Livery (512 W.Georgia St.), and Holland Service Station (125 Robson St.).

[Home gas stations on Vancouver Island]

Item is a documentary film documenting home gas stations in the Lower Mainland in the 1930s. The film contains footage primarily of the building structures, however, occasional glimpses of a vehicle, person and landscape can be seen as well. Specifically, this film documents Douglas Service (Hillside and Government), Piggott Auto Camp (595 Gorge Road), Atkinson s Garage (617 Vancouver St.), Monzer s Service (1835 Pandora St.), Gettles Service (Sooke, B.C.), Island Highway Garage (Island Highway), W.A. Kippen (Scenic View Malahat), Island Gateway Service (Island Hill), Duncan Garage Ltd. (Duncan, B.C.), Chas. Fielden (Duncan, B.C.), Roger De C. Veale (Westholme, B.C.), J. Hutchison (Ladysmith, B.C.), Mrs. E. Galloway (Cassidy, B.C.), Jos. Taylor (South Wellington, B.C.), Wm. Newrick (Wellington, B.C.), Parksville Beach Garage (Parksville, B.C.), Ernest Baker (Coombs, B.C.), G. McGariggle (Port Alberni, B.C.), Hamilton electric (Port Alberni, B.C.), Bartlett s Store (Qualicum Bay, B.C.), J. Nakano (Cumberland, B.C.), A. Hogg (Sandwick, B.C.), Vancouver Island Coach Lines (Campbell River, B.C.), Tom Baker (Grantham, B.C.), Comox auto Camp (Comox, B.C.), Wm. Ardley (Courtnay, B.C.), Macdonald Electric (Courtnay, B.C.), Corfield Motors (Courtnay, B.C.), and Distributing Plant (Courtnay, B.C.).

[Home gas stations in the Lower Mainland]

Item is a documentary film documenting home gas stations in the Lower Mainland in the 1930s. The film contains footage primarily of the building structures, however, the occasional glimpses of a vehicle, person and landscape can be seen as well. Specifically, this film documents United Service Station (6th and 8th New Westminster), South Westminster Service (RR#1 New Westminster), Handford Service Station (Scott and McLennan Rd.), Levreoult Service Station (Ladner, B.C.), Beach Grove Service Station (Boundary Bay, B.C.), Crescent Beach Service (Crescent Beach, B.C.), Mac s Auto Service (White Rock, B.C.), Central Garage (Cloverdale, B.C.), O Brian Service Station (Cloverdale, B.C.), Port Kells Service Station (Part Kells, B.C.), Olympic Service Station (RR#3 New Westminster), Auto and Machinery Service (Pacific Highway, New Westminster), Lawrence Motors (10th and Carnarvon), Ideal Service Station (10th and Columbia, New Westminster), Mountain View Service Station (202, 6th New Westminster), Summit Service Station (2000 Douglas Road, New Westminster), Hilton Bros. (Langley Prairie, B.C.), Home Beacon Service (Milner, B.C.), Fort Langley Transportation Co. (Fort Langley, B.C.), Kerr s Truck Line (Langley Prairie, B.C.), B&A Garage (Langley Prairie, B.C.), Ross Bros. (Abbotsford, B.C.), and Burnier and Desmazes (Abbotsford, B.C.).

The Woodward's Steel Tower, Vancouver: Damage Survey and Demolitions, July 7 and 15, 2006

Item is footage documenting the 2006 survey and demolition of Woodward's steel tower and supporting water tower. Footage includes images of corrosion in the tower, as well as aerial images of surrounding streets and buildings, work site, work crews, Coal Harbour and the Vancouver skyline. Demolition occurs approximately 8 minutes into footage.

The trading post

Item is a video of a Chan-Chek TV Vancouver television program titled "The Trading Post," with Ron Morrier. In the program, Ron Morrier sits at a desk reading letters and taking live phone calls for people interested in purchasing, selling, or trading goods (except for clothing, automobiles, or accommodations). Examples of the goods in question include rowing machines, electric guitars, tikis, stoker furnaces, televisions, purebred chihuahuas, water softeners, and bicycles.


Item is a video of an Chan-Chek TV Vancouver interview. The interviewed guest is the 1960 downhill skiing Olympic gold medal winner, Jean Vuarnet, and the interviewer is Bob Dawson, director of Mt. Seymour Ski School. Jean Vuarnet responds to a number of questions, and in his answers touches on subjects including the books he has authored on skiing; his hometown of Morzine, France, and the skiing area he was asked to help develop there; his gold medal win at the 1960 Squaw Valley (CA) Olympics and the "egg position" downhill ski technique; his training; his metallic skis; his opinion on particular Simpsons-Sears ski boots and bindings; the strength of the French skiing program; and skiing skill within his family.

Dev funeral and Habitat [Ireland State Funeral, Vancouver Habitat Forum '76 early setup]

Item is a film showing scenes from a funeral procession [possibly in Ireland], blurry shots of a television screen, a house on a coastal cliff and the ocean, views of the North Shore Mountains from the Habitat grounds at dawn, hangars and lumber at Habitat grounds prior to setup of Habitat.

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