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Lower Mainland Highway Maps – 1926 and 1929

January 31, 2016

These maps of the main highways of the Lower Mainland, from Vancouver to Yale, were included in the British Columbia automobile tourist guides for 1926 and 1929. The booklets contain basic listings of campgrounds, which included tenting and cabin accommodation.

1926 Vancouver to Yale map of lower maiinland highways

Vancouver to Yale 1926 Highways Map

The most notable change in the 1929 map is the disappearance of Sumas Lake and an additional stretch of inter-provincial highway added.
In Surrey, Washington Avenue (Marine Drive) connects with the Johnston Road (152 Street) north to the Pacific Highway.
The concrete-paved Pacific Highway was a prominent attraction in itself for visitors coming north from the USA, and for its famous old-growth Green Timbers forest, which would be the next natural feature to disappear.

1929 Vancouver to Yale map of lower mainland highways

Vancouver to Yale 1929 Highways Map

Unlike the later versions, these early guides were not comprehensive and there was little local information.

The 1946 directory contained the following two items.

Green & White Auto Court

“Located 2 miles south of New Westminster on the main highway. Eight modern cabins with light and stoves. Proprietor L. Oswald.”

Green Timbers Auto Court

May 1 – Oct 1

“This court is just 1/2 mile east of the junction between Highway No. 99 and Trans-Canada Highway. Proprietor – Frederick Lund.”

The guides “Highways, Motor Camps and Stopping Places in British Columbia” are online at the British Columbia Legislative Library.


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