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18 vintage photos of frozen lake skating in Vancouver

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Kenneth Chan Jan 06, 2017 7:58 am 1,488

Frozen lake skating was a seasonal pastime for much of Vancouver’s early history right through to the 1980s when winter temperatures were cold and enduring enough for ice surfaces to freeze over thick.

Historical photos pulled from the archives of the Vancouver Public Library and the City of Vancouver Archives show Vancouverites through the ages playing on the large wintertime ice surfaces at Trout Lake in East Vancouver and Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park.

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Since the 1980s, warmer temperatures spurred by climate change have resulted in far less occurrences of a solid, thick ice sheet forming over the city’s ponds and lakes. Nowadays the requirement to ensure safe skating is an ice sheet that is at least five inches thick.

The municipal government’s decision to open Trout Lake for skating on January 5, 2017 marked the first time in 20 years that Vancouverites could safely skate on a local pond or lake surface. The last time this happened was in December 1996, the same year Vancouver experienced its infamous blizzard when several feet of snow fell within a 24 hour period – on top of snow that had fell earlier in the month.

Here are vintage photos of ice skating on Trout Lake and Lost Lagoon over the past century:

People skating on Trout Lake in 1900.

Photo retrieved from: City of Vancouver Archives

Man and woman skating on Trout Lake in 1900.

Photo retrieved from: City of Vancouver Archives

Men, women, and children ice skating on ice skating on Trout Lake in 1905. Some in the middle are playing ice hockey.

Photo retrieved from: Vancouver Public Library

People sitting on the benches next to Trout Lake, watching others skate on the lake’s ice in 1905.

Photo retrieved from: Vancouver Public Library

Men playing hockey on Trout Lake in 1914.

Photo retrieved from: Vancouver Public Library

Men, women and children ice skating on Lost Lagoon at Stanley Park in the 1920s.

Photo retrieved from: Vancouver Public Library

People skating and playing hockey on Lost Lagoon at Stanley Park in 1924 or 1925.

Photo retrieved from: City of Vancouver Archives

People skating on Lost Lagoon at Stanley Park in 1924 or 1925.

Photo retrieved from: City of Vancouver Archives

A group of ladies skating on Trout Lake in 1929.

Photo retrieved from: City of Vancouver Archives

Skaters having fun, forming a line by holding hands, at Trout Lake in 1929.

Photo retrieved from: City of Vancouver Archives

Skaters at Trout Lake in 1929.

Photo retrieved from: City of Vancouver Archives

Hundreds of people skating on Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park in 1929.

Photo retrieved from: City of Vancouver Archives

Ice skating at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park in 1929, with a boy in the foreground attempting to skate fast.

Photo retrieved from: City of Vancouver Archives

Ice skating at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park in 1929.

Photo retrieved from: City of Vancouver Archives

Ice skating on Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park on February 12, 1933.

Photo retrieved from: City of Vancouver Archives

Women ice skating on Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park in 1949.

Photo retrieved from: Vancouver Public Library

Man and woman clearing the ice for skating on Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park in 1949.

Photo retrieved from: Vancouver Public Library

Crowds skating on the ice at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park in January 1985.

And Trout Lake in 2017:


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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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