Simone T.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Heritage Fair

Granville Island

Granville Island has changed so much through time. From sandbars to an industrial island, from making business in war efforts, and to the cultural oasis it is today. Although, is there something behind the changes? 





What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

It was really interesting to know that the CPR played such a huge part in Granville Island's changes through time. They were the ones who started off the island as an industrial island, and the ones who worked with the Federal Government of Canada to make Granville Island how it is today.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I've learned that objects, situations, etc, aren't always what they seem to be. Something as simple as a shopping centre today could've been something entirely different.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

I think the workers at the factory, architects, maybe even the CPR president, Sir William Cornelius Van Horne, would laugh at me. They'd probably be annoyed at our first world problems. I feel like people now, who are just relaxing at Granville Island, don't know, or don't care about the history of the island. Although, in the grand scheme of things, that 'history' was those peoples lives, and without them, there probably wouldn't be this future.