06 November 2017 0 Comments Posted By : CBC News

How many Volkswagon Beetles can you spot? Archival footage of 1966 highways captures Vancouver of old

The B.C. Ministry of Transportation opened a time capsule this week, releasing a collection of vintage Highway 1 and Highway 99 images taken between Horseshoe Bay and Burnaby.

The archived shots are strung together in a film that takes its viewers on a journey through 1966 Vancouver, 20 years before Expo '86 and decades ahead of the 2010 Winter Olympics, which would see a near complete rebuild of the Sea to Sky Highway.

Not unlike the modern approach to documenting streets for Google Maps, the series of photo logs were captured on a 16-mm camera mounted to a vehicle that drove the length of the highway.

The film takes viewers on a southbound trip over a three-laned Lions Gate Bridge before heading through Stanley Park just a year before it would become the site of the famous "Love In" of 1967.

The short video is part of the B.C. Road Trip Time Machine series by Transportation B.C. which has released similar videos featuring highways on Vancouver Island.

It was originally created by the Ministry of Highways to help engineers study the roads without having to actually travel them.

Highway expansion

At the time, Vancouver's multi-lane Kingsway was a part of the Trans Canada Highway and under provincial jurisdiction.

It would become a municipal road in the 1970s after the current Trans Canada route, over the Port Mann Bridge, was completed.

The 1960s was an era that saw a lot of development in British Columbia, including the expansion of the highway system.

Ski resort developers had just given Vancouverites one more reason to head north on the Highway 99 to Whistler, the ski hill's first ever lift opened in Creekside in February that year.

Then premier W.A.C. Bennett had just opened the Sky Ride at Grouse Mountain in January that year. It carried 50 passengers up the mountain.

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