For thousands of years, part of this shoreline mudflat was known as Ch’elxwá7elch. It was a place where Indigenous Peoples foraged, hunted, and fished until nearby Spratt’s Oilery drove the marine life away.
When The Archivists walked Vancouver’s Coal Harbour waterfront, we had what we might cheekily call a “Croisette moment.” A disconnect, prompted by the feeling that, while we were in an attractive enough place, it all felt a bit too new and too worked on. Being the story hounds we are, our big question was: “What happened here before the radical makeover?
1984: Somewhere vs anywhere, early Coal Harbour reverberates through Devonian Park
1926: Denman Auditorium, where high art mixed with wrestlers, stand ups, politicians and rock and roll idols
1915: The Millionaires secure Vancouver's only Stanley Cup win, powered by star centre Fred "Cyclone" Taylor
1899: A shoreline of rowing and industry jostling for the limelight offers some of Coal Harbour’s most iconic moments
1936: The man who thrilled Depression era crowds, boxing champ Max Baer, duked it out in Denman Arena
1903: A modest start for a posh icon, RVYC leases its first headquarters in the Vancouver Rowing Club’s dinghy house
1911: Joe Patrick’s giant new arena was home to the largest artificial ice surface west of Madison Square Gardens