This is a nice photo of the Vancouver waterfront at the foot of Main Street from 1959. You get a nice view of the back of the Canadian National Pier.
This photo from 1947 covers the industrial area of Coquitlam near the Cape Horn Interchange. Needless to say, it’s barely recognizable. You can make out the railway tracks, with what may be Colony Farm in the upper-right. The street in the top-left corner is now Cape Horn Avenue, which I believe back then was still…
This is the community of Burkeville on Sea Island, in Richmond, from 1947. It was established in 1943 as a port of the Dominion Government’s Wartime Housing Plan. You can see the Vancouver Airport in the background.
This photo from 1947 is one of several labelled BC Livestock Exchange. I wasn’t able to find any information about the site, but interestingly, it was located at the foot of Fraser Street where the old Fraser Street Bridge went over to Mitchell Island.
This is Naramata, on the east shore of Okanagan Lake, from 1948. Check out the rail barge bringing in supplies.
This is the CN Thornton Rail Yard from 1947. This active rail yard was located just west of the (now) Port Mann Bridge on the Surrey side of the river. Check out all the steam locomotives! In the top-right corner of the frame you can just make out King George Highway.
This is the Timberland Lumber Company Sawmill, located in the Brownsville area of Surrey, from 1948. The dock that you see near the sawmill, might very well be the remains of Surrey’s only ferry terminal. It operated between Surrey and New Westminster up until the late 1800’s. In the background, of course, is New Westminster.
This is another low altitude shot of apartment buildings in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver from 1948. The intersection in the top-left is the corner of Cornwall Avenue and Maple Street. At the bottom of the image you can see the rail lines that the interurban streetcars ran on. The “Kitsilano Loop” was in use…
This is another really low altitude shot of housing in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver from 1948. The intersection on the left is the corner of Cornwall Avenue and Yew Street just south of Kitsilano Beach Park. There are several people in windows and on the street watching the plane fly past.
This is a really low altitude shot of some apartments in Vancouver from 1948. The intersection is the corner of Cornwall Avenue and Vine Street just south of Kitsilano Beach Park. Surprisingly, the area still looks pretty similar.