Vancouver Then and Now: North Shore (PHOTOS)

Dec 19 2017, 1:43 pm

The Vancouver Archives is full of gems, giving us a look at what Vancouver was like centuries ago. But what if we wanted to know what an exact location today looked like 100 years ago? That’s what Vancouver’s Andrew Farris set out to achieve.

After getting the idea for a Then and Now photo series when he travelled to Nagasaki, Japan and realized the series made experiencing the history of the atomic bombing much more real, Farris wanted to capture more cities and show the change from then to now.

“I started making the website out of a love of history and to give myself something to do while backpacking around the world,” Farris told Vancity Buzz.

“The photos themselves are actually really easy to shoot,” Farris said, who shot all pictures for his five-part Vancouver series in the Fall and Winter of 2014. “Most of the time is spent on archival research and the web design.”

What’s next? “Now that I’ve done Vancouver and Victoria, I’m going to Europe to write and do photo essays. I’m putting together a huge Then and Now series for London right now.”

Each day this week, we’ll be featuring one part of Farris’ Vancouver Then and Now series. To see more of Farris’ work, visit his blog at

Lower Lonsdale’s first few days

Lining up for the ferry along Lonsdale

Another view of the long ferry lineup up Lonsdale

Hamilton Bank in the early days

Two kids playing on the beach at Ambleside

Before the Lions Gate Bridge, there was the Ambleside Ferry

This is the ferry terminal building, now a museum and art gallery

Enjoying the view of the Coast Mountains from Ambleside Pier

Docking a ferry at the Ambleside pier

Looking up towards the Coast Mountains from the foot of West Vancouver’s 17th Avenue

People flock to watch a cruise ship leaving for Alaska

The tennis courts at John Lawson Park

In 1949, the Capilano Bridge was washed out and the Dundarave Pier was temporarily pressed into service

Garthorne Grocery, later Capers Market, now Shoppers Drug Mart

The Conservative Hall, or Dundarave Hall, now a restaurant

Dundarave Pier, the year it was built

The Mawes Hotel on the left, now the Beach House Restaurant

Another view from Dundarave Pier

Marine Drive from 24th Street

Then photos courtesy of Vancouver Archives
Now photos courtesy of Andrew Farris / On This Spot

DH Vancouver StaffDH Vancouver Staff

+ News