N-0000.25.1079 | C.P.R. docks, Vancouver, BC, 1889, copied ca.1902

Photograph, glass lantern slide
C.P.R. docks, Vancouver, BC, 1889, copied ca.1902
William McFarlane Notman
About 1902, 19th century or 20th century
Silver salts and transparent ink on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
8 x 10 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  harbour (624) , Photograph (77678) , rail (370) , Transportation (2517)
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Keys to History

The city of Vancouver owes its existence and its growth to the CPR. When the first train crossed the continent in 1886, Port Moody was the end of the line. In 1887, however, the CPR built another 20 km of track and extended the track to the small settlement of Vancouver, originally called Granville. Docks and other facilities were built, and that year the first ship from China came to the new railway dock. The trains ran out onto piers right over the water to meet the ships. The city boomed as Canada's main West Coast port. Its population grew from 0 in 1880 to over 100,000 by 1923.

Source : Forging the National Dream [Web tour], by William R. Morrison, University of Northern British Columbia (see Links)

  • What

    These docks are at the western end of Canada's great commercial artery.

  • Where

    These are the CPR docks at Vancouver, BC.

  • When

    The docks were opened as soon as the railway was finished.

  • Who

    The ships, warehouses and freight cars employed thousands of workers, making the company hugely important to the city and the province.