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Whalley’s Corner Gas

August 18, 2014

“Whalley’s Auto Park and Service Station”  opened for the  1926 summer season with “a fine new park and refreshment pavilion.”

As described in the publicity,

“Several acres have been taken over by Mr. Whalley and the property has been cleared and most attractively prepared as a picnic camp. “

It is apparent from his business plan that former Green Timbers Fire Ranger George A. Whalley had more in mind than pumping gas.

He intended his corner to be a resort for tourists coming up the Pacific Highway from the United States, as well as visitors from Vancouver and New Westminster — and not only those arriving by automobile.

“As the camp is within reasonable walking distance of the Royal City, it may also become quite popular with hikers.”

 

Whalley's corner gas - Pacific Highway

“No charge is made for the use of the park, but tea, coffee and hot water are kept for sale. In addition ice cream, soft drinks and confections will be kept in stock, while sandwiches and light lunches will also be served. The park has been fitted up with several picnic tables and by much work has been made into a veritable beauty spot.”

In the spring of 1926 Whalley had plans to add a tennis court and playground to his free park.

The original store and gas station was burned down in 1932 and immediately rebuilt.

In this Vancouver Archives photo, Whalley’s Corner is viewed looking north on Pacific Highway. Just on the other side of the store a right turn off the highway onto the Grosvenor Road leads to Port Mann.   The concrete-paved Pacific Highway winds down Peterson Hill to the New Westminster Bridge on Fraser River.

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