The ward system in Vancouver, 1886

The ward system in Vancouver, 1886

One of the first things the Mayor and Aldermen did when forming a government was to divide Vancouver into five Wards. This was done through Vancouver By-Law No. 3

Wards in Vancouver 1886
Here are the ward boundaries established in 1886, superimposed onto an old map of Vancouver. If you want a closer look, click here for a downloadable PDF of this map.

Speaking of boundaries, you might be interested to see that Nanaimo Street* was the eastern boundary of Vancouver, and Alma Street* was the western boundary. The southern boundary went west along Sixteenth Avenue to Fraser Street, then jogged through the Kingsway and Fraser intersection, and continued along Fifteenth Avenue to Nanaimo Street. That was Vancouver in those days.

The ward boundaries were changed in 1891 through Vancouver By-law No 118 and again in 1895 through Vancouver By-Law No 233.

Later By-laws continued to change the ward boundaries, and increase the number of wards to six (in 1904) , then to eight (in 1911, when Cedar Cottage, Kensington and Riley Park became part of Vancouver).

Then when Point Grey and South Vancouver amalgamated with Vancouver in 1929, the number of wards increased to twelve. Six years later, Vancouverites voted 62% in favour of abolishing the ward system.

* though neither of them were called that then. Nanaimo was called Boundary Road, and Alma was sometimes called Campbell Road and sometimes also Boundary Road. Confused yet?

By-law No. 233 altering the subdivision of Wards – August 19, 1895

This document was transcribed in June of 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Susan Willows.

original handwritten by-law here

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BY-LAW NO. 233
A By-law to amend By-law No. 118, known as a By-Law altering the subdivisions of the City into Wards.
WHEREAS it is deemed advisable in the interests of the City that the subdivisions of the City into Wards be altered :
Be it therefore enacted by the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vancouver, in open Council assembled, as follows : –
1. By-law No. 118 is hereby amended as follows :-
All the words from “Ward No. I.” in the fourth line thereof to the word “commencement” in the 15th line thereof, inclusive, and all the words after the words “Ward NO. 5.” to the word “commencement” in the last line thereof, inclusive, are hereby repealed and the following substituted in lieu thereof :-

“Ward No. I. shall be comprised of all that portion of the City lying and being within the following boundaries, that is to say, :- Commencing at a point in Burrard Inlet being the intersection of the northern boundary of the City in the line from the centre of Howe Street produced ; thence westerly along the northern boundary to the First Narrows ; thence following the shore line, at low watermark, of the Government Military Reserve to the south-westerly extremity of Lot 185, Group I, New Westminster District ; thence to a point at low water mark on English Bay where the west boundary of Campbell Street meets the said low water mark : thence south along the west side of Campbell Street to the south boundary of the City ; thence east along the south boundary to the centre of Hemlock Street ; thence north along the centre of Hemlock Street, and Hemlock Street produced, to the point where it meets the centre of Howe Street produced southerly; thence north along the centre of Howe Street to the point of commencement.

Ward No. 5. Shall be comprised of all that portion

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of the City lying and being within the following boundaries, that is to say :- Commencing at a point being the centre of Glen Street at its intersection with the southern boundary of the City ; thence northerly along the centre of Glen Street produced, to the centre of False Creek ; thence westerly along a line running along the centre of False Creek to the easterly boundary of Ward I (as above described); thence south along the centre of Hemlock Street to the south boundary of the City thence easterly along the said southern boundary to the point of commencement.

Done and passed in open Council this 19th day of August, 1895.

“Henry Collins”
Mayor.
(L. S.)
“Thos. McGuigan”
City Clerk.

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ON THE SPINE OF THE “BOOK”

By-Law No. 233

To Amend the Ward
By-Law

1st Reading Aug 12th 1895
2nd “ Aug 19th 1895
3rd “ “ 19th 1895

“Thos. McGuigan”
“City Clerk”

By-law no. 118 altering Vancouver’s ward boundaries – May 9, 1891

This by-law was passed in the Vancouver City Council meeting of May 8, 1891. It changed Vancouver’s ward boundaries first set up under By-Law No. 3 in 1886. Transcribed by volunteer Anita Dos Santos in July of 2018.

original by-law here

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Repealed by No 431
BY-LAW NO: 118
A BY-LAW ALTERING THE SUBDIVISION OF THE CITY INTO WARDS :

WHEREAS it is deemed expedient in the interests if the City that the Subdivisions of the City into Wards should be altered :
BE IT THEREFORE ENACTED by the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vancouver, in open Council assembled, as follows :-
I. THAT the City be, and the same is hereby divided into Five Wards, the same to be known and styled as Wards 1,2,3,4, and 5, comprised as follows :-
WARD NO.I. shall be comprised of all portion of the City lying and being within the following boundaries, that is to say :-
COMMENCING at a point in Burrard Inlet being the intersection of the Northern Boundary of the City in the line from the centre of Howe Street produced, thence Westerly along the Northern Boundary to the First Narrows, thence following the shore line at low water mark of the Government Military Reserve to the South Westerly extremity of Lot 185 Group I, New Westminster District, thence to the centre of the mouth of False Creek to a point in False Creek being the centre of Howe Street produced, thence Northerly to and along the centre of Howe Street produced to the point of commencement.

WARD NO.2., shall be comprised of all that portion of the City lying and being within the following boundaries, that is to say :-
COMMENCING at a point in Burrard Inlet, being the point of intersection of the centre lines of Abbot Street produced Northerly and Howe Street produced Northerly, thence Southernly along said production of Howe Street and along the centre of Howe Street to a point in the to a point in the centre of False Creek, thence by a line running along the said centre of False Creek to a point being the intersection of said line with the centre of Abbot Street aforesaid produced Southernly thence Northerly along said Southerly production of Abbot Street, and along the centre of Abbot Street produced, to the point of commencement.

WARD NO.3., shall be comprised of all that portion of the City lying and being within the following boundaries, that is to say :-
COMMENCING at the point of Commencement of Ward No.2., thence Easterly along the Northern Boundary of the City to the Northern extremity of Lot 194, Group 1 aforesaid, at low water mark, thence Southerly along the Eastern Boundary of the City to its intersection with the centre of Hastings Street, thence Westerly along the centre of Hastings Street aforesaid, thence Northerly along the centre of Abbott Street produced, to the point of commencement.

WARD NO.4., shall be comprised of all that portion of the City lying and being within the following boundaries, that is to say :-
COMMENCING at a point being the intersection of the centre line of Hastings Street with the centre line of Abbott Street aforesaid, thence Easterly along the centre of said Hastings Street to the Eastern boundary of the City, thence Southerly along the said Eastern Boundary to its South Eastern extremity, thence Westerly along the Southern Boundary of the City to its intersection with the centre of Glen Street aforesaid produced to the centre of False Creek, thence along a line running along the centre of False Creek to a point being the intersection of the said line with the centre of Abbott Street aforesaid produced, thence northerly to and along the centre of Abbott Street to the point of commencement :

WARD NO.5., shall be comprise of all that portion of the City lying and being within the following boundaries, that is to say :-
COMMENCING at a point being the centre of Glen Street at its intersection with the Southern Boundary of the City, thence Northerly along the centre of Glen Street produced to the centre of False Creek, thence Westerly along a line running along the centre of False Creek to the mouth of False Creek at a point being the intersection of said line with the Western boundary of the City, thence Southerly along the Western Boundary of the City to a point on English Bay at low water mark, thence along the shore of English Bay at low water mark to the centre of Campbell Street produced to low water mark, thence Southerly along Campbell Street to the South Westerly extremity of the Southern Boundary of the City, thence Easterly along the said Eastern Boundary to the point of commencement.

THIS BY-LAW shall come into force and take effect on and after the 15th day of November A.D.1891 :

Done and passed in open Council this 9th say of May 1891
D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk
By-Law No : 118

A By law altering the Subdivisions of the City into Wards

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1st reading May 4, 1891
2nd “ May 9, 1891
3rd “ “ 9, 1891

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

A.St. George Hamersley

James Whetham biography

is biography of James Whetham was transcribed in June of 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Chris Mizzoni.

JAMES WHETHAM
One of the newly elected representatives for Ward 2, is a comparatively young man, having been born in the year 1854, in Wentworth County, Ontario. He was educated in the Waterdown High School and the Collegiate at Hamilton, Ont. He then went through a medical course at the Trinity Medical School , Toronto, and also at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He was in Manitoba at the time that Province was beginning to make a name for itself. He came to the Pacific Coast in 1881, with the intention of settling in British Columbia, but after his arrival here then he considered the Province as too much cut off from the rest of the world for the time being. Since 1881 he has passed most of his time in Oregon and Washington Territory, returning to Ontario, for a year at a time, on two different occasions. He practiced medicine for three years in Spokane Falls, making also many successful investments in real estate in various parts of Washington, Oregon and elsewhere. He came to Vancouver for the first time, since its incorporation, in 1887, and invested here, and is just one of the kind of men Vancouver is proud of, as he has not only invested but has improved his property both to his own benefit and to that of the city at large. He is justly popular with all who have met him and has a shrewd business head on his shoulders. The electors of Ward 2 could hardly have made a better choice for one of their representatives.

Vancouver By-law No. 3 dividing the City into Wards

This transcript was made in March of 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Mary Ann Capistrano

original handwritten by-law here

By Law dividing the City of Vancouver into Wards

Whereas the Act of Incorporation the Council of the City of Vancouver is empowered to divide the City into Wards
Therefore the Mayor and Council of the City of Vancouver in Council Assembled enact as follows
That the City be and is hereby divided into five wards the name to be known and styled as Wards numbers One, Two, Three, Four and Five composed as follows:-

Ward No. 1 Shall be comprised of the Government Military Reserve forming part of the Coal Harbor Peninsula Lot Number 185 Group One, New Westminster District, that part of Lot 541 and False Creek lying West of a line drawn along the centre of Richards Street from the shore of Burrard Inlet to False Creek and North of a line drawn midway between the Banks of False Creek from the Centre of Richards Street produced southwesterly to a point midway between the Banks of False Creek to the mouth of False Creek

Ward No. 2 That part of Lot 541 lying east of the Eastern Boundary of Ward No. 1 and that part of False Creek lying North

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of a line drawn midway between the Banks of False Creek from the Centre of Richards Street produced southwesterly to the Centre of the present Traffic Bridge over said False Creek,

Ward No. 3. That part of Lots 196 and 181 Group One New Westminster District lying North of the Centre of Hastings Street

Ward No 4. Lots 182, 183, 184, 264a, those parts of Lots 196 and 181 lying South of the Centre of Hastings Street, that part of False Creek lying East of the present Traffic Bridge and that part of Lot _(torn -196?)___ lying within the City Limits,

Ward No 5. That part of the City of Vancouver bounded on the East by the Western Boundary of Lot 264a, the shore of False Creek to the present Traffic Bridge and along said Traffic Bridge to a point midway between the Banks of False Creek, on the North by a line drawn midway between the Banks of False Creek from the Centre of said Traffic Bridge to the mouth of said Creek, thence by a line drawn Southwest across the mouth of False Creek to the point __(torn – off)__ English Bay west of the Indian Reserve, thence along the shore of English Bay to the Western Boundary of the City, on the West by the Western boundary of the City and on the South by the Southern Boundary of the City.

M. A. MacLean
Mayor
Thos F McGuigan
City Clerk