Vintage Vancouver: 1939 video shows royalty rolling through Burnaby

Dec 20 2017, 3:49 am

Burnaby sure looked different 77 years ago.

A vintage video has surfaced on YouTube showing preparations being made for a special royal visit at Kingsway and Marlborough Streets on May 29 of 1939. The area is now largely occupied by Metrotown Mall, but at the time it consisted of cute homes and lots of greenery.


At one point in the video, a Pacific Stage Coach bus drives by, described by the uploader, BC History, as a 1937 Hayes bus.

Families dressed in their Sunday best are shown carrying chairs to the side of the street as they eagerly await the arrival of Queen Elizabeth and King George VI (Elizabeth reigned as queen until King George’s 1952 death, when their daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, took the throne. She was then after known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother).

What appear to be military personnel are seen riding motorcycles with sidecars through the streets as people start to take their spots along the road. At one point, one of the motorcycles can be seen overheating.

To see a small part of Vancouver’s history, watch the video below.

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