Ghost of the Interurban on the Canada Line

Ghost of the Interurban: creosoted ties on Cambie at 7th unearthed March 28 as crews finished repaving the street on top of the Canada Line.

Ghost of the Interurban: creosoted ties on Cambie at 7th unearthed March 28 as crews finished repaving the street on top of the Canada Line.

The ghost of Vancouver’s earliest rapid transit project, the Interurban line that linked the downtown core to Broadway along Cambie, rose from the grave today as city crews laid down the new pavement on top of the Canada Line.

Excavation on the west side of Cambie between Broadway and 7th Ave. unearthed creosoted ties from the old Interurban alignment that somehow remained undisturbed throughout the Canada Line upheaval. According to Bruce Macdonald’s Vancouver, A Visual History, that line was built a century ago during the first decade of the 1900s.