Kitsilano Then and Now (Photos)

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Greer's Beach, 1896. Image: Vancouver Archives

Greer’s Beach, 1896. Image: Vancouver Archives

Guess what? Kitsilano.ca’s 10 year anniversary is coming up February 1. We’re doing a series of anniversary posts over the next few days to celebrate our history in the Kitsilano community. Our first anniversary post is on Vancouverite Andrew Farris and his Then and Now photo series.

We often turn to the Vancouver Archives for snapshots of Kitsilano’s past. Farris’s Then and Now photo series makes the vintage photo experience more intense because he features exact locations in two time frames (past and present). When you hover over the image you see the dramatic scene change.

The shots in the Kitsilano series depict Kits Beach (previously Greer’s Beach) from 1903 onwards. Images focus on the changes in the natural landscape (size of beach, forest, Burrard Bridge, skyscrapers), retro-chic sunbathers, and shots of Canadian troops practicing amphibious landings on Kits Beach in the 1940s as prep for D-Day.

See for yourself, here: http://onthisspot.ca/kitsilano.html

Last modified: January 29, 2015

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