By SHERI RADFORD
Looking for a souvenir of a memorable trip to Vancouver? Head to the nearest bookstore
The Beatles and Elvis Presley performed here. Matinee idol Errol Flynn died here. Canada’s first and largest clothing-optional beach is here. In This Day in Vancouver, Jesse Donaldson explores these and many more aspects of the city’s colourful 128-year history.
Rapid gentrification. Overpriced real estate. Vaudevillians. Beatniks. Violent squirrels. Train-hopping dogs. The city’s eclectic history comes to life in Lani Russwurm’s Vancouver Was Awesome, with its 150 black-and-white and colour photos. It was produced in conjunction with the popular website vancouverisawesome.com.
Attention, puzzle aficionados: there are two enticing options with Vancouver Now and Then. One side features a colour image of the city taken in present day, while the reverse side shows a black-and-white photo of the same part of town, snapped long ago.
Be reminded of all your favourite Vancouver spots—from Gastown to Yaletown, from Kitsilano to Stanley Park—while playing poker or bridge. Local artist Jenny Anstey has created a deck of playing cards filled with whimsical sketches of the city. Order online at www.townsketches.com.
Have you ever wanted to travel through history—with a tour guide? In Haunting Vancouver, Mike McCardell creates the persona of an “accidentally immortal” reporter who provides a first-hand, often hilarious look at major events in the city’s history.