Today’s trip down memory lane brings 1959 Vancouver to life.
Vernon-based historian and videographer Francois Arseneault has unearthed color footage of the Vancouver airport as well as footage from the Stanley Park Zoo from 63 years ago.
“Vancouver in 1959 was an exciting city,” said Arseneault. “The airport, which opened in 1931, was growing rapidly as commercial air travel was becoming more commonplace. Travelers could board a Canadian Pacific Airlines DC3 and fly to Whitehorse in absolute comfort in just four and a half hours at 200 mp / h. ”
The return trip cost $ 150 – inflation adjusted to $ 1,400 in 2021.
Passenger traffic was a mere fraction of the annual traffic of today and people could drive up to the terminal and park alongside the building.
“Just outside of downtown, the Stanley Park Zoo was popular with families and children, though most animals were still held in small-caged compounds,” said Arseneault.
“Various birds, primates and mammals were on display. By 1997 the zoo was phased out, the last occupant, an elderly lone polar bear named Tuk died of old age, the rest of the animals had been transferred to other facilities. ”
The cement polar bear enclosure still exists in Stanley Park, west of the Brockton Oval and south of the Vancouver Aquarium.
The footage was yet another Vancouver-area flea market find by a friend Arseneaults.
Arseneault is always looking for more information on the vintage footage he digs up, and he encourages people to add their input in the comments section on his Youtube page.
Arseneault has an extensive collection of vintage footage, and he is always looking for more.
He currently has more than 1,000 episodes from 54 countries dating back to 1917.
Anyone who may have old 16 mm or 8 mm film footage is invited to email Arseneault at [email protected]