Time travel to Vancouver in 1958 via this sweet but cringe-y British newsreel (VIDEO)


Take an exciting ride over the Atlantic and west across the Rockies to Vancouver in 1958, courtesy this British newsreel highlighting our incredible city.

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The Brits were quite taken with Vancouver in ’58, it seems. The newsreel calls Vancouver the “most fabulous and versatile” city “in all of the North American continent,” praising us in equal measure for our American-British way of life (supermarkets!) and sprawling rancher-style suburban homes where (white) babies chill in playpens on the front lawn with their pretty (white) moms.

It’s all about the contrasts here, says the narrator, as you go from the mountains to the “tropical” sands of Kitsilano Beach – a “resort” where young (white) people congregate.

While it’s nice to be appreciated, there’s an early cringe-worthy sequence where some First Nation members greet the plane at a very diminutive YVR – except that they are called the “red indian tribes” who are part of Canada’s romantic history.

Needless to say, we’ve come a long way. But if you want to see how we were seen from across the pond just over 60 years ago, here we go.


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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom