|Vancouver 1792 by Jim McKenzie
The new residents of Vancouver needed a place to get away in summer and so the most popular spot of course was the beach at English Bay. In those days some folks had summer cottages along the beach and many people camped as well. Established in 1893 as a recreational beach, sand was later added in 1898, and the first bathhouse was built in the 1900's. Back then the beach even boasted a water chute/slide and a pavilion.
|Greer's (Kits) Beach
By the 1930's big changes came to all the beaches with large "draw and fill" saltwater swimming pools built at both 2nd Beach and Kits Beach. 2nd Beach was the first one built in 1930 with the one at Kits opening in 1931, and both operated on the same principle of fresh seawater being drawn into the pool and then drained and refreshed after a week's use. To really appreciate how massive these pools were it helps to have an aerial perspective.
|2nd Beach Pool
|Kits Beach Pool
|English Bay 1930's
|Kit's Pool & Dive Platform 1930's
By the 1940's it appears the diving platform had been significantly lowered, perhaps the first example of "no fun" Vancouver rules and regulations. But it doesn't seem to have affected the number of swimmers who frequented the pool and it's interesting to note the pool was so large the lifeguards needed rowboats to get around. 2nd Beach was doing a good business as well, and all along the waterfront everyone was swimming in the ocean.
|Kit's Pool 1940's
|2nd Beach Pool 1940's