102. West Coast Offices (1968)

West Coast Offices 1
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The Geological Survey of Canada has two offices in British Columbia. The Vancouver office was established in 1918 just after the First World War to support the growing economic importance of the mining industry in the province. In 1968, the office moved its headquarters to the landmark Sun Tower building on Pender Street and remained there until 1996. At that point, it moved to another, less iconic, building on busy Robson Street, which provided street-level space for the Vancouver office’s former bookstore. Walk-in traffic dramatically increased as a result.

On Vancouver Island, the Survey’s Sidney office (previously called the Pacific Geoscience Centre) is housed at the Institute of Ocean Sciences, which is one of Canada’s largest marine institutes. The Survey office is the main centre in western Canada for monitoring earthquakes. The Pacific Geoscience Centre was originally a co-location of the Earth Physics Branch’s Victoria Geophysical Observatory with marine scientists from the Survey’s Vancouver Office. With the merger of the Earth Physics Branch and the Survey, in 1986, it became one organization. 

Category: Buildings and Places

Decade: 1960s

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