VANCOUVER


BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA


Playing hackeysac with teams and a net on Kits Point overlooking English Bay.
In the background the apartment towers of Vancouver's West End.
Beneath the clouds the snow capped peak of the Grouse Mountain ski resort.

AERIAL PHOTOS
VANCOUVER
(photo of firemen putting up decorations.)
BRIGHT NIGHTS

Christmas lights
Stanley Park
(Vancouver, B. C. Canada - new gateway into Chinatown. )
CHINATOWN
CHINATOWN
HISTORICAL
LOCATIONS
(Vancouver, B. C. Canada - planter with flowers. )
GASTOWN
GASTOWN
HISTORICAL
LOCATIONS
JIMI
HENDRIX
SHRINE
Vancouver, B. C. Canada - (photo of small ferry.)
MARITIME
MUSEUM
(Vancouver, B. C. Canada - image of  battleship ship, guns turn)
MODEL
MUSEUM
(Vancouver, B. C. Canada - photo of motorcycle museum.)
MOTORCYCLE
COLLECTION
(Vancouver, B. C. Canada - graphic iman.)
SEA WALL
(Vancouver, B. C. Canada - graphic iman.)
STANLEY
PARK
(Vancouver, B. C. Canada - Christmas Display.)
TRAIN
OF
TERROR

A PANORAMA OF DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER IN THE EARLY MORNING. (From the corner of Terminal and Clarke.)


A PANORAMA OF DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER IN THE EARLY EVENING. (From the same location.)

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Vancouver, B. C. Canada, has earned her nickname `Hollywood North'.

Though the workers in the Hollywood film industry in California, U.S. of A. try to prevent the movie moguls from taking their production dollars North, the truth is that L. A. (Los Angeles) is burned out.

How many times, you, who have never been to California, have watched a movie and expostulate, "Hey, that's L. A."

The background is unmistakable, it has been used so many times, and the cost is horrendous.

To avoid the cost, of moving equipment across the traffic sludge of the big metropolis, or building elaborate sets to have a fresh background, the production companies bring their dollars North.

Here, we offer them an unlimited range of backgrounds for outdoor shooting.

SUNSET
(Sunset on English Bay. )
THE SUN SETS BEHIND AN AREA OF B. C.
KNOWN AS THE `SUNSHINE COAST`.
TO THE RIGHT AN ESKIMO STATUE GRACES
A POINT AT THE SOUTH END OF ENGLISH BAY BEACH
FALSE CREEK
(Moon over False Creek. )
TO THE LEFT, OF THE MOON, THE RED LIGHTS OF MONK MCQUEENįS.
TO THE RIGHT, THE CLOCK TOWER ON CITY HALL
CANADA PLACE
(Canada Place at night)
CANADA PLACE AND THE PAN PACIFIC HOTEL
FALSE CREEK
(False Creek at night.)
THE WORLD FAMOUS `SCIENCE WORLD`

Not just the bald barren hills of California, though we have that too, only five hours drive to the East is the world's smallest desert.

Equal driving time to the West will take you to a Florida mangrove swamp. And even less time, to the North, will take you to an ice field, if you desire to film a snow scene in July.

Lakes abound within an hour or two of the downtown core, if you wish to do a water scene. Attesting to that is the revival of the Beachcombers series which was filmed on salt water, less than an hour from downtown Vancouver.

ART GALLERY
(Art Gallery. )
ON ROBSON ST.
FORMERLY THE B. C. PROVINCIAL COURT BUILDING.
THE INTERIOR, AND EXTERIOR, OF THIS BUILDING IS OFTEN USED FOR MOVIES
GRANVILLE ST.
(Granville St. )
IN THE DOWNTOWN, THREE OR FOUR BLOCKS, OF GRANVILLE ST. IS,
A PEDESTRIAN MALL, NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN BUSSES
B. C. HYDRO
(B. C. Hydro)
A PARK GRACES THE NEW BC HYDRO BUILDING.
CORNER OF DUNSMUIR AND HAMILTON STREETS
HOTEL VANCOUVER
(Hotel Vancouver.)
FRAMED BY THE TORONTO DOMINION BANK BUILDING ON THE LEFT
AND THE IBM BUILDING ON THE RIGHT

Though our city government seems to have forgotten, the city was founded on water based businesses and even though most of the shore line is being gobbled up for residential purposes we still boast the busiest seaplane base in the world with a plane taking off or landing, approximately, every three minutes from the very heart of the city's financial district.

Not to be outdone, our International Airport, just across a major river, in the city of Richmond, sees the big jumbos arriving and departing with the same regularity.

Every major airline in the world makes a stop here, as do two major bus lines Greyhound and PCL (Pacific Coach Lines) and three trains; Amtrak from the U. S. of A., Via Rail from the Prairie and Eastern provinces, and Rocky Mountaineer Railtours.

Getting around Vancouver is quite easy. City busses, and a SkyTrain, a mostly above ground subway, run regularly.

PUBLIC TRANSIT IN VANCOUVER

ONE OF THE NEW ARTICULATED BUSSES USED AS EXPRESS BUSSES ON BUSY ROUTES.
THEY ONLY STOP AT EVERY THIRD OR FOURTH STOP OF THE REGULAR BUSSES.
THE GREATER VANCOUVER AREA IS DIVIDED INTO ZONES.
THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION IS $2, ANYWHERE TO ANYWHERE, WITHIN ONE ZONE.
THE TICKET IS GOOD FOR ONE AND A HALF HOURS.

(SkyTrain, clip from video.) SKYTRAIN
Short Video. Takes a few seconds to load.
If you have sound, you can hear its metal wheels on the metal track.

(City trolley bus.)
MOST BUSSES CAN KNEEL
THEY CAN LOWER THE FRONT CORNER
UNTIL THE BOTTOM STAIR IS CLOSE TO THE SIDEWALK
THEN A RAMP FOLDS OUT TO THE CURB FOR EASIER ACCESS
(Front of bus with bicycles in rack.)
MOST OF THE NEW BUSSES
ARE EQUIPPED TO CARRY BICYCLES
AS WELL, THE FRONT STAIRS FOLD
INTO MINI ELEVATORS FOR WHEEL CHAIRS
ON MOST OF THE NEW DIESEL BUSSES
(Inside a city trolley bus.)
INTERIOR OF AN OLDER TROLLEY BUS
(Inside a SkyTrain Car.
INTERIOR OF THE NEW SKYTRAIN CARS
(Sky Train Station.)
COMMERCIAL ST.
SKYTRAIN STATION
(Inside a SkyTrain Station.)
INTERIOR OF GRANVILLE ST. SKYTRAIN STATION

That is, once you learn the street system.

Most of the streets go by names and in some places are grouped, such as trees, or the names of the provinces, but not alphabetically. And the numbering system of the Avenues, which mostly run East to West, takes a bit of getting used to as you need to subtract 1,600 from a house number to calculate the cross Ave.

Say you wanted to find 5700 Ash St. Take away 1,600 = 4100. The cross street would be 41 st Ave.

The reason for this is that 1 st Ave. runs East to West and is approximately 16 blocks from the Salt water, depending on the curve of the shoreline.

The streets run North and South and it is interesting to stand on a street and watch the shadows disappear as the sun reaches high noon.

The numbering started on Main St. when the foot of Main was on the water. Of course now some of the water has been reclaimed, to form Crab Park, but the 000 block still starts at the foot of the bridge.

Now let me think about that, maybe it was Carrall St. because the East and West numbering starts with Carrall St. Except that Carrall becomes Quebec St. No, Carrall dead ends against the, former, Indy race track, which abuts the waters of False Creek. South of False Cr. the numbers center on Ontario St.,

A PANORAMA OF THE MOLSON INDY RACE TRACK (From the Plaza of Nations.)

THESE PHOTOS ARE NOW HISTORIC. THANKS TO OUR ILLUSTRIOUS CITY COUNCIL, THE INDY NO LONGER COMES TO VANCOUVER


A PANORAMA OF THE EAST END OF FALSE CREEK (From the same location.)
THE RACE TRACK CONTINUES IN FRONT OF THE APARTMENT BUILDINGS

Damn, where did I put that street map?

Fear not, street maps are readily available, in hundreds of stores, and in several languages; German, Japanese, Chinese. Probably even in our second national language of French, but I wouldn't count on it.

We don't get a lot of tourists from France, or Quebec, nor do we have a very large population of French speaking people. Known in Canada as Francophones.

Most of our tourists come from: Germany; England; well, every country in the world, but mostly from the Orient.

Over seventy-five percent of the population in the greater Vancouver area is of Asian descent. Of that, more than 50 % is of Cantonese descent, mostly from around Hong Kong and Southern China.

Unlike San Francisco, California, U. S. of A. which is noted for its China Town, Vancouver's China Town is very small with no night life. It is mostly a market place for the Oriental population which is scattered around the area and is actually larger than that of San Francisco which is concentrated in their China Town.

When I say every country in the world I mean just that. I seriously doubt that there is a country on this planet that doesn’t‚t have a least one of its citizens living in the Vancouver area.

Lest you get the wrong impression, there is more to Vancouver than film backgrounds. Vancouver's second largest industry is tourism

And rightly so.

Known as the Pacific playground it offers every conceivable attraction for the visitor: from sunny, sandy beaches; to lovely parks; (Stanley Park is the largest civic park in the world.) skiing, cross country and downhill, within minutes of downtown; fishing; scuba diving; bike trails; wind surfing; sailing; shopping. You name it, Vancouver has it.

A PANORAMA OF THE CITIES OF WEST & NORTH VANCOUVER (From the city of Vancouver.)
TO THE FAR LEFT, THE CITY OF WEST VANCOUVER
IN THE BACKGROUND, (L-R) CYPRESS, & GROUSE MOUNTAINS,
IN THE WINTER, 2 SKI RESORTS.


A PANORAMA OF THE CITY OF NORTH VANCOUVER (From the city of Vancouver.)
IN THE BACKGROUND, (L-R) GROUSE & SEYMOUR MOUNTAINS,
IN THE WINTER, 2 SKI RESORTS.

Just South of what are know as the North Shore Mountains, Cypress, Grouse, and Seymour, are a few lesser mountains, Burnaby, Little, etc.

Atop Little Mt. is a beautiful park, Queen Elizabeth Park.

Atop Burnaby mountain is a university, SFU (Simon Fraser University).

Atop the mountain, actually a ridge, Kingsway Ridge, to the South of that is a huge shopping complex, Metrotown.

200 hundred years ago, none of these structures existed.

Along the Pacific coast line, the Straight of Georgia is inundated with little bays, harbours, and river mouths.

Along these many shores, man built industries and homes.

These areas, as they grew, became interconnected with; trails, roads, and tramline, which wound, for miles, through forests, from one community to the next.

STATUE IN FRONT OF CHURCH
(Statue in front of Church)
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
CHURCH
(St. Francis Church )
WHILE WALKING THROUGH AN OLD RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBOURHOOD,
I CAME UPON THIS OLD CHURCH,
TUCKED AWAY ON NAPIER ST., TOTALLY SURROUNDED BY HOUSES
GRANDVIEW PARK
(Grandview Park on Commercial Dr.)
CHILDREN’S' WATER AREA IN GRANDVIEW PARK ON COMMERCIAL DRIVE
APARTMENTS
(Apartment building .)
VANCOUVER'S `HASTINGS EAST' AREA

Eventually the trails became highways and freeways and the tram tracks became a SkyTrain and the trees, that once covered these mountains, became houses and skyscrapers.

Even in Stanley Park the trees are less than 100 years old as the area was logged off, to make railway ties.

Strolling through the, again, beautiful park, one can see the stumps of the majestic; spruce, cedar, and fir that once stood so tall that they blocked out the sun.

This area, at one time, belonged to the Hudson's Bay Co. The Southern part, around Vancouver, Washington, became part of the United States of America.

To prevent the Northern part from becoming Yankee, the Canuck government, the great white fathers in the East, decided to build a railway linking the West Coast with the East Coast.

The result was the longest railroad in the world and the death of hundreds of Chinese.

Men from China were imported to do the grueling work of laying track. In freezing winds, and boiling sun, they toiled under near slave conditions.

Poor food, poor, clothing. poor shelter, and poor pay, they dropped dead, or dropped out, along the tracks.

Many of those who dropped out stayed in whatever town they were in and consequently you can find a Chinese restaurant, or corner store, in virtually every little town across Canada.

Which brings to mind, the old joke, ` Why are there no Chinese players in the NHL (National Hockey League)?

Because, every time they get in a corner, they want to open a store.

Without access to original Chinese vegetables they invented their local versions of Chow Mien. Consequently you will find various versions of Chow Mien throughout the country.

In Vancouver I have searched and searched and only found one restaurant (actually in Coquitlam) that serves what I call Chow Mien. Soft noodles mixed with bean sprouts.

However, in Vancouver, and area, you will find, literally, hundreds of restaurants that will serve you authentic Cantonese or Sichuan style Chow Mien.

Many of those who survived the ordeal of building the CPR (Canadian pacific Railway) stayed in the Vancouver area and settled in what was to be Chinatown.

To supply the ties for the tracks and the logs for bridges the railway company brought in many males from India.

When the railroad was finished, many of these Indians, settled in the Vancouver area, or on Vancouver Island, and continued to work in the forest industry. Consequently many of our modern day logging companies and sawmills are owned by descendents of these workers.

Along about this time, mid 1800's, gold was discovered in the Cariboo.

Within a few short weeks, men, and women, from every nation in the world arrived in B. C.

Many of these would die trying to find the yellow metal, few of them would find it in quantities sufficient to make them rich.

Of those who survived the harsh winters, and the fire that swept through the town of Barkerville, which at its hay day was the largest metropolis West of Chicago and North of San Francisco, many settled in little villages known as: Gastown; Hastings Mill; New Brighton; Stamps Landing, communities that would eventually expand until they touched each other and amalgamate into one, called, Vancouver.

(Lions Gate Bridge.)
LIONS GATE BRIDGE - LOOKING NORTH TO GROUSE MOUNTAIN
(Lions Gate Bridge.)
BUILT IN THE DOMINION BRIDGE FACTORY
IN BURNABY B. C. WHICH ALSO BUILT
THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
FOR SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA U. S. A.
(Lions Gate Bridge.)
SOME OF THE DOMINION BRIDGE BUILDINGS,
NOW CALLED BRIDGES STUDIOS,
HOUSE ONE OF THE LARGEST SPECIAL EFFECTS STUDIOS IN THE WORLD
(View of West Vancouver from Lions Gate Bridge.)
ENGLISH BAY, & CITY OF WEST VANCOUVER, AS SEEN
FROM THE LIONS GATE BRIDGE

ENGLISH BAY
(Vancouver, B. C. Canada - English Bay)
VIEW FROM A SIXTH FLOOR, NORTH FACING, BALCONY.
IN THE WEST END OF VANCOUVER
ENGLISH BAY BEACH
(Vancouver, B. C. Canada - English Bay)
THE APARTMENT TOWERS OF VANCOUVER'S `WEST END'
FALSE CREEK
(Vancouver, B. C. Canada - False Creek.)
A PRIVATE MARINA FOR THE APARTMENTS ALONG THE SEAWALL.
TO THE LEFT, IN THE BACKGROUND, GRANVILLE ISLAND.
TO THE RIGHT, APARTMENT BUILDINGS, AND FISHING BOATS, ALONG THE SOUTHERN ARM OF THE SEAWALL
FLEA MARKET
(Vancouver, B. C. Canada - Flea Market )
TERMINAL AVENUE FLEA MARKET

PHOTOS: Feb. 2012

Vancouver, B. C. Canada - (horse on a race track snowy mts. in background.)
HASTINGS RACE TRACK
FRESH SNOW ON GROUSE MT.
(Vancouver, B. C. Canada - Large globe of Earth reflected in windows.)
VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE
South East Atrium

AERIAL PHOTOS OF VANCOUVER

(Clouds)

(Boundary Road, separates  Burnaby from Vancouver.)

BOUNDARY ROAD, SEPARATES BURNABY FROM VANCOUVER.
THE NORTH SHORE MOUNTAINS FORM
A BACK DROP FOR THE DOWNTOWN SKYSCRAPERS.

(Tug & barge on river.)

A TUG TOWS A BARGE DOWNSTREAM ON THE
NORTH ARM OF THE FRASER RIVER, NEAR VICTORIA DR.

(Knight St. Bridge.)

THE KNIGHT ST. BRIDGE JOINS VANCOUVER TO
MITCHELL ISLAND AND THE CITY OF RICHMOND.

(Arthur Laing Bridge.)

THE ARTHUR LAING BRIDGE JOINS VANCOUVER
TO SEA ISLAND AND THE YVR.

(Tug towing logs on the river)

NORTH OF SEA ISLAND, A TUG TOWING A BARGE
MEETS THREE TUGS SHEPHERDING A BOOM OF LOGS.

(YVR.)

YVR
(VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT).

AERIAL PHOTOS OF VANCOUVER AND AREA
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFF TACAK

Author's note:
All photos in this section are covered by copyrite.
Copy, in whole, or in part, without express permission of the photographer is illegal.
Photography by J. Tacak Burnaby, B. C. Canada

(Sign for flying club)
BASED AT THE BOUNDARY BAY AIRPORT IN DELTA, B.C.
About 20 minutes due South of the Vancouver International Airport

(Outside of a hangar.)
BOUNDARY BAY AIRPORT STARTED AS A RADIO STATION
DURING WORLD WAR II
I BELIEVE THIS WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL BUILDINGS
(Planes inside a hangar.)
A COUPLE OF COLLECTOR ITEMS IN HERE
ALONG WITH SOME PARTIALLY DISMANTLED HELICOPTERS
MANY FILMS (MOVIE AND TV) HAVE BEEN FILMED HERE
(Plane on an apron.) (Plane's dashboard.)
(At the controls.)
EUGENE - PILOT
(Sitting in the jump seat.)
JEFF - CO-PILOT - UHH, MAYBE NOT

Captions on pictures start in the lower left and work to the upper right.

HEADING EAST FROM THE COAST

(Cloudy, sun on water.)
CIRCLING OUT OVER BOUNDARY BAY - GEORGIA STRAIGHT
(Turning back over land.)
CRESCENT BEACH, WHITE ROCK, POINT ROBERTS, BLAINE, WA.,
BOUNDARY BAY, SEMIAHMOO BAY, & GEORGIA ST.
(Spit of land with buildings.)
BOUNDARY BAY, BLACKIE SPIT, CRESCENT BEACH, WHITE ROCK,
SEMIAHMOO BAY, & GEORGIA STRAIGHT
(Flat land, farms, roads, buildings.)
FRASER VALLEY
(Flat land, farms, roads, buildings.) (Flat land, farms, roads, buildings.)
(Flat land, farms, roads, buildings.) (Winding river with island.)
FRASER RIVER, CRESCENT ISLAND
(flat land with mountains in background.)
FRASER VALLEY AND MT. BAKER IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON
(Curving river and farm lands.)
(subdivision on tree hillside.) (River and mud flats.)

TURNING AND HEADING WEST - BACK TO THE COAST

(Large bridge and train yard.)
PITT RIVER BRIDGE, PITT RIVER PORT COQUITLAM
(Train yard, buildings on hillside.)
PORT COQUITLAM, COQUITLAM
(Buildings atop hill.)
BURNABY MOUNTAIN - SFU (SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY)
(buildings, freeway, houses.)
COQUITLAM
(River, bridges, city.)
FRASER RIVER, RAIL BRIDGE, PATTULLO BRIDGE, SKYBRIDGE, NEW WESTMINSTER
(River and city.)
NEW WESTMINSTER
(Muddy river and city.)
NEW WESTMINSTER
(Houses, sky scrappers.)
NEW WESTMINSTER, BURNABY (MIDDLEGATE TO THE RIGHT), METROTOWN, AND ENGLISH BAY (IN THE BACKGROUND)
(Thousands of new cars, logs on water.)
FRASER RIVER, QUEENSBOROUGH, (NEW CAR UNLOADING, TEAMSTERS 155, BELGRAVE WAY) HWY. 91
(buildings and freeway.)
ANNACIS ISLAND, ALEX FRASER BRIDGE, BURNABY
(River, buildings, bridge.)
FRASER RIVER, ANNACIS ISLAND, ALEX FRASER BRIDGE
(Float plane with a wrap on the motor and windshield.)
`WRAP IT UP' IS A TERM USED IN THE FILM INDUSTRY
IT MEANS WE ARE DONE FOR THE DAY
THIS FELLOW TOOK IT SERIOUSLY

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