Daily Scot took me to the 1400-block Laburnum Street on Kits Point to see if I noticed anything odd.
I did not. Until he pointed out that there’s a big hump in the street for no apparent reason, and that the hydro poles are curiously spaced on either side. (Scot loves this kind of thing.)
The reason: Possibly the least known streetcar line in Vancouver – the Kits spur:
You can see on the Dial Map of Vancouver that one streetcar line, the 12, departs from Granville, crosses the False Creek swing-span bridge (removed in the 1985) and cuts right through the Point mid-block. The right-of way is still evident in the hump where the tracks used to be and in this aerial from 1945:
Kits Beach (previously known as Greer’s) was kind of a summer resort for the early settlers of the city, and the streetcar provided the access. There was even camping:Read more »