Before And After Photos of Canada

Even though Canada is a young nation compared to our European friends and others, Canada has come a long way as a nation. Take a journey back in time too see what Canada looked like back then and what Canada looks like now. It is truly astonishing and we hope you are as amazed as we are. We look forward to how Canada is going to look like in the next 100 years.

Calgary Before

This 1920s image of Calgary shows that the city was already an important business centre. The Centre Street Bridge, which had only opened a few years earlier (1916) was a vital link across the Bow River.

Calgary Now

While Calgary, one of Canada’s most beautiful cities, has grown to a city of well over a million people and sports this stunning skyline, you’ll still find the Centre Street Bridge carrying traffic over the Bow River.

Edmonton Before

In 1896, Edmonton’s Jasper Avenue didn’t have much of a traffic problem, just a few horses and carriages. It must have been slow going on the dirt track in wet weather.

Edmonton Now

With modern times comes traffic and, of course, buildings. Lots and lots of buildings and not a horse to be seen. Edmonton is also one of the most expensive places to live in 2019 in Canada.

Winnipeg Before

Even if you’re not from Winnipeg, you know that the intersection of Portage and Main is the city’s ground zero. In 1871, it was an important crossroads for traders and travellers.

Winnipeg Now

Portage and Main is still an important intersection and is home to some of Winnipeg’s tallest buildings. However, pedestrian traffic flows under the intersection, where there’s an underground mall that provides shelter from the elements.

Montreal Before

This is what Old Montreal used to look like around 1890. In the distance, you can see the familiar dome of Bonsecours Market, which was built between 1844 and 1847.

Montreal Now

The same area in Montreal as it looks now with cafes, bars, and restaurants. That’s the Jacques Cartier Bridge and the Bonsecours Market dome in the distance. Montreal is not only a great city to visit, but it’s also one of the best places in Canada to raise kids.

Toronto Before

Back in 1868, Canada was just a year old and Toronto’s King Street was little more than a dirt boulevard used by the odd horse and buggy.

Toronto Now

King Street today, complete with tall buildings, pavement and the Toronto International Film Festival every September.

Vancouver Before

In this photo, we’re looking down Granville Street towards the North Shore mountains. It was taken in 1954 from the foot of the nearly completed Granville Street Bridge. In the distance, you can see the Vogue Theatre, the Orpheum Theatre and the familiar clock tower of the Vancouver Block.

Vancouver Now

In this photo, we’re high above modern Granville Street, which is now a canyon cutting through dozens of new towers. Still visible in the distance is the neon clock of the Vancouver Block. The Vogue and Orpheum are still down there too. Vancouver is also notable for its mild climate, making it one of the warmest places to retire in Canada.

Halifax Before

This is Halifax as it appeared from Citadel Hill in 1920. Front and centre is the Town Clock, which has been keeping time for the city since the early 1800s.

Halifax Now

And today, well, Halifax is all grown up. Lots of new buildings but the Town Clock is still here, in all its glory. Citadel Hill is now a National Historic Site and along with many nearby beaches, is a must-visit when in Nova Scotia this summer.

Ottawa-Hull Before

This shot of Ottawa-Hull, taken from the Peace Tower, dates back to 1965. You can see the Alexandra Bridge (officially, the Royal Alexandra Interprovincial Bridge) and the Library of Parliament in the foreground. Also visible is a logging operation along the shore of the Ottawa River.

Ottawa-Hull Now

Today, the scene is surprisingly similar. The Alexandra Bridge and Library of Parliament are still prominent. But over on the Quebec side of the river, you’ll notice the addition of many new buildings and the large smokestack is gone.


Special thanks to © Getty Images & © Library and Archives Canada for the images.

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