Architect Murray Brown’s Bank of Nova Scotia

A striking example of modernist architecture, the Bank of Nova Scotia building at 728 Columbia Street dates from the late 1930s, when--with the worst of the Great Depression over--the financial institution once again started building grand branches on main streets across the country, signalling the financial institution's growing confidence in British Columbia--as symbolized by the …

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Early Visitor: William Henry Withrow

In the late 1880s, William Henry Withrow, a Methodist minister from Toronto, recounted a cross-Canada trip from Cape Breton to Vancouver Island in Our Own Country: Canada Scenic and Descriptive (William Briggs, 1889). In celebratory terms, he describes "the magnificent extent, and varied beauty, and almost boundless resources of our country," with the overt hope—as …

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A Search for Hidden Gold in New West

Is there a cache of hidden gold in New West dating back to the Cariboo Gold Rush? This news account, from an Ontario town's paper, suggests such rumours were once well-known and that efforts to locate it drew at least some attention nation-wide. Certainly this city's role as a waypoint to-and-from the gold fields in …

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Model of the Pattullo Bridge

This past December, I visited the New Westminster Museum and Archives in the Anvil Centre. Among the artifacts and panels, one display particularly impressed me: this massive model of the Pattullo Bridge, which spans almost the entire width of the room. It's an incredibly detailed reconstruction--down to the lampposts and handrails--all that's missing are miniature …

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