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How autos shaped Vancouver vacations

September 27, 2011

Julie Sloan, history, 778.782.5512,
Scott McLean, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

There was a time when steamboats and the seaside resorts of Bowen Island marked summertime for the social Vancouverite. According to Simon Fraser University history professor Jack Little, this lifestyle transformation came to an end with the “rise of the automobile vacation” and differed from others cities at this time.

The Simon Fraser University Department of History is hosting a free public lecture as part of its year-long lecture series: “Think You Know Vancouver, Think Again”. The series investigates pieces of Vancouver’s history in honour of the city’s 125th anniversary.

The sixth lecture in the series, Vancouver's Playground: Class and Leisure in Howe Sound, 1902-1962, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 29, 5-7 p.m. Little will explore how the automobile boom coupled with improvements to the city’s road conditions created a shift in the Vancouver vacation experience.

What: Free public lecture on Vancouver's Playground: Class and Leisure in Howe Sound, 1902-1962
When: Thursday, Sept. 29, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Fletcher Challenge Theatre (Room 1900), Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Registration: Click here

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