August 30, 2018
Then and Now

Victoria, British Columbia

For decades after Victoria remained the centre of the region's growing European population until it was surpassed by Vancouver in size and economic (but not political) importance at the turn of the 20th Century.

June 2018
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Parry Sound, ON

Parry Sound is a scenic town on the north side of Georgian Bay. Its location, at the mouth of the Seguin River and with a protected harbour, means that it has been a natural gathering place of First Nations peoples for centuries prior to the arrival of Europeans. From the 1850s the growth of logging, and then mining, spurred development of the town as a hub to access northern Ontario's hinterland. After World War II Parry Sound became the heart of cottage country in Ontario, and thousands of tourists visit the town every year.

June 2018
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Aurora, ON

Since it was founded in the 1800s astride the famous Yonge Street, Aurora grew from a quiet farming community into a thriving town. Its growth was supported by industries such as the J. Fleury's Son manufacturers, and was where the future Canadian prime minister, Lester Pearson, grew up. Today many fascinating and important heritage buildings from the mid to late 19th Century have survived, giving the town a unique and distinct character.

June 2018
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Winnipeg, MB

Winnipeg grew up around the gathering place at the Forks between the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. When Manitoba joined Confederation in 1870 it sparked a tremendous population boom that lasted until the early 20th Century and made Winnipeg the first city of the Canadian prairies. Winnipeg is a city with an exciting history of rebellion, reform, commerce, and culture. The city is host to dozens of fascinating historic buildings.

November 2017
Then and Now Photography

Halifax, NS

Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, has hundreds of years of history as a critical port connecting Canada with the Atlantic. The downtown core is filled with fascinating historic buildings spanning many eras of Canadian history. With its strong maritime tradition, Halifax remains today the home port for Canada's Atlantic fleet.

November 2017
Then and Now Photography

Tashme Internment Camp, BC

In the bleak months of early 1942 the fear of Japanese attack on British Columbia reached a fever pitch and the province's white residents become openly hostile towards the Japanese-Canadians in their midst. The government responded to public pressure by rounding up all Japanese-Canadians and sending them to internment camps. It was one of the gravest violations of civil liberties in Canada's history. Tashme, a mountain valley 22 kilometres southeast of Hope, was the site of one of those camps.

November 2017
Then and Now Photos

Vancouver's West Side, BC

This series of photos charts the evolution of Vancouver's west side neighbourhoods of Dunbar, Kerrisdale and Point Grey. See how the thick forests gave way to neighbourhoods connected to Vancouver by streetcars, and how these communities have become some of the most expensive residential areas in North America.

August 2017
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Nanaimo, BC

Home to the Snuneymuxw First Nations for thousands of years, the place now known as Nanaimo was one of the first places in British Columbia to see substantial European settlement. In the 1850s the Hudson's Bay Company, and later the provincial government, encouraged miners to settle in Nanaimo who could work the area's vast coal reserves. By the late 1800s Nanaimo had grown into a bustling harbour city, providing coal for ships stopping off in B.C. and exporting the so-called "black diamond".

May 2017
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Strathmore, Alberta

Located just east of Calgary, Strathmore began life in the early 1900s as a railway stop for immigrant farmers settling on the gigantic parcel of land owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway. Construction of the Western Irrigation District was a massive undertaking that brought labourers, farmers and businessmen to Strathmore and grew the town enough that residents voted to incorporate as a town in 1911. When the First World War broke out every single able-bodied man in Strathmore enlisted in the military, the only place in Canada where this occurred.

May 2017
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Gleichen, Alberta

Gleichen is a small hamlet located just adjacent to the Siksika First Nation Reserve in Alberta. Gleichen grew into a town in the late 1800s and early 1900s as hundreds of ranchers and farmers disembarked from trains in Gleichen and settled on the surounding lands. In the 1920s and 1930s however economic change and a series of devastating fires caused many of Gleichen's residents to move to other cities like Calgary.

March 2016
Then and Now Photography

New York, NY

Starting life as New Amsterdam, New York started growing rapidly in the 1800s, becoming the world's first modern metropolis. Many of the challenges of modern life were first encountered by New Yorkers, making the city a the site of many developments that have shaped the modern era. This large set of photos covers different areas of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

December 8, 2015
Then and Now

Dallas, Texas

The meteoric rise of Dallas over the 175 years of its history is nothing short of breathtaking. The city’s enterprising inhabitants have led the world in a succeeding range of fields, from ranching to oil extraction, manufacturing and high technology, vastly enriching the city and shaping the skyline we see today. Though the city has endured dark days of depression, assassinations, wars and racism, the economic triumph of Dallas can be seen in the imperious towers that dominate the city’s skyline today.

September 1, 2015
Then and Now

Vancouver Series: New Westminster

By Canadian standards the city of New Westminster has a long and storied history. It was chosen as the capital of the colony of British Columbia in 1858 because its location on the north bank of the Fraser River could be easily defended against an American invasion. As the main stopping point for gold prospectors heading into the interior, the city gained a rather rough and tumble reputation, and its people developed a strong commercial spirit.

August 18, 2015
Then and Now

Dieppe 1942

At dawn on August 19, 1942, 6,000 Allied troops, 5,000 of them Canadian, landed at the port of Dieppe. They were launching a raid in force, seeking to prove that a coastal city on the Northwest coast of Hitler's fortress Europe could be taken and held for a short time. By sunset almost 4,000 of those men had been killed, wounded or captured by the Germans. The battered survivors withdrew in disarray and the raid ended in disaster

July 28, 2015
Then and Now


A place of education and book-publishing for much of the past millennia, Leipzig was the scene of an epic battle and Napoleon's most decisive defeat in 1813. The city was fairly lightly bombed during World War II, but it fell inside of what would become the DDR and rebuilding proceeded at a glacial pace.

July 20, 2015
Then and Now


As Germany's capital Berlin became the heart of the Nazi state, and was also the site of its ultimate destruction in 1945. This photo essay will examine Berlin during the Nazi-era beginning in 1933, and go on to take an in-depth look at the Battle of Berlin in 1945 and see how the city today has rebounded from fascism, bombing, street fighting and communist rule.

July 9, 2015
Then and Now


Hamburg is the premiere port of Germany, and one of the largest in the world. With a long history as a fiercely independent centre of trade and culture, today Hamburg is one of Germany's most sought after cities to live in. For my part, I'd love to move there as soon as I can.

July 2, 2015
Then and Now


The financial capital of Germany and the Eurozone, Frankfurt is a city with one foot in the 21st Century and another set in the city's medieval past. Though smaller than many other German cities, the modern skyline and restored medieval buildings scattered around the city give it a big city-feel and locals have affectionately nicknamed it "the world's smallest metropolis."

June 8, 2015
Then and Now

Sword Beach

See the places where the British fought in the pivotal battle of Normandy. From Pegasus Bridge, site of the first engagements of the Normandy campaign, to Sword Beach and the liberation of Caen. The British paid a high price to bring freedom to France and that sacrifice is not forgotten by the people living there today.

June 1, 2015
Then and Now

Omaha Beach

I walked up and down Omaha Beach, recreating some of the most iconic photos of the Second World War taken on June 6 and the days after the near-disastrous American landings here. See the beach, the defenses and hear the stories of the men who fought in the battle that began the liberation of Europe.

May 29, 2015
Then and Now

The Canadians in Normandy

In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, thousands of Canadian assault troops anxiously waited aboard their landing craft, straining to launch themselves against Hitler's Fortress Europe. They were taking part in Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious operation in history. The Canadians and their British and American allies would storm the beaches of Normandy and begin the long and arduous task of liberating occupied Europe. This photo essay looks at the Canadian battles on D-Day itself and the following advance on Caen.

May 5, 2015
Then and Now


At least as far back as Roman times, the wealthy have flocked to Bath to bathe in the natural springs that exist in this place. In the 18th Century the aristocracy of Georgian Britain flocked here, seeking out the apparent healing and cleansing properties of the subterranean springs. These visitors sparked a building boom of high architecture that marks the city to this day. Landmarks like the Royal Crescent, in addition to the excavated Roman Baths, are visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

April 27, 2015
Then and Now


Demand for Welsh coal during the Industrial Revolution led to the rapid rise of Cardiff. Just before the First World War more tonnage passed through Cardiff's massive natural harbour than any other port in the world. A switch to oil and the changing economy of Britain caused the city to decline in importance until the 1950s, when it was chosen as the new Welsh capital and seat of the National Assembly. In recent years a massive redevelopment scheme that has been called the most successful such project in Europe has turned the dilapidated harbour into a bustling tourist and shopping centre.

April 25, 2015
Then and Now


Bristol reached the height of its prosperity and importance from the 15th to the 18th Centuries. In 1497, five years after Columbus, John Cabot sailed from Bristol in search of a new route to the Orient. He found Newfoundland, the first European in the modern age of Exploration to lay eyes on North America. The cod off the the Canadian coast were "so thick they stayed the progress of our ship," a historic event remembered in Canada to this day. In the centuries to follow Bristol-based merchantmen plied the Atlantic while the port itself became a central hub in Britain's rapidly growing and globalizing trade networks.

April 23, 2015
Then and Now


As Britain's gateway to the Atlantic, in the age of imperial glory Liverpool rose to become one of the wealthiest cities on earth. The story of this city broadly mirrors that of the British Empire as a whole. Beginning as a relatively minor fishing town astride the Mersey whose name possibly meant "Muddy pool of water," Liverpool began to grow when the first shipments of sugar and tobacco from the New World arrived. In exchange textiles and manufactures from the area around Manchester were exported from Liverpool's docks.

April 20, 2015
Then and Now


The remarkable rise of Manchester began around the end of the 19th Century, when what was then a small market town began to grow at an astonishing rate, quickly expanding to become the world's leading industrial centre and a pioneer in science and technology. 400 years ago Manchester was a small but bustling market town where traders from all over Lancashire brought their wool for trading. It was in the 1720s when canals linking Manchester to the port of Liverpool opened Manchester and her wool up to the world. These canals forged the famous partnership between the two cities that sling-shotted northwest England to global industrial dominance.

March 23, 2015
Then and Now


Bouyed by inland trade on the navigable Calder, the town was the scene of important events during the Wars of the Roses and the English Civil War. Wool, cattle and grain traders were drawn to Wakefield and the city prospered. As the Industrial Revolution transformed the landscape, wool spinning mills were set up by the river and powered by weirs. Breweries, coal mines and shipyards sprang up around the town.

March 22, 2015
Then and Now


Bouyed by inland trade on the navigable Calder, the town was the scene of important events during the Wars of the Roses and the English Civil War. Wool, cattle and grain traders were drawn to Wakefield and the city prospered. As the Industrial Revolution transformed the landscape, wool spinning mills were set up by the river and powered by weirs. Breweries, coal mines and shipyards sprang up around the town.

March 15, 2015
Then and Now


The population grew rapidly from around 30,000 in 1800 to 500,000 by 1920. A vibrant city centre developed and impressive pieces of architecture were erected, like the Town Hall and Cutler's Hall. The distinctive culture of Sheffield began to form, which included the founding of the Sheffield Football Club in 1857, the oldest such club in the world. The hills that ring Sheffield acted as a geographic barrier to the city's further expansion and capped the city's population at around half a million people, while strengthening the roots that tied many of the city's inhabitants to their homes, moreso than is the case with most other English cities.

March 15, 2015
Then and Now


York is a city with a long and momentous history. The city was the original capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior and was the scene of many historic events in the late Roman Empire, foremost amongst them the acclamation of Costantine as Emperor. After the departure of the legions York passed between a succession of Anglo-Saxon and Viking kingdoms until following the Norman Invasion it formed the nucleus of resistance to the new rulers.

March 9, 2015
Then and Now


Key developments in railways and locomotives were pioneered by Geordies, as Newcastle's inhabitants became known. A seemingly trivial invention, George Stephenson's mining lamp, revolutionized coal mining and helped spur more rapid extraction of this increasingly valuable resource. In the 1840s the High Level Bridge was built, the first major two-decked bridge in history which, along with the castle keep, continue to dominate the city's skyline to this day.

February 25, 2015
Then and Now


Glasgow's meteoric rise catapulted it into the ranks of the largest and richest cities in the world. The city's focus of gravity shifted west from its medieval center around Trongate towards the ritzy and cosmopolitan Buchanan Street. Wealthy merchants and industrialists commissioned fantastic pieces of Victorian architecture, like the City Chambers and Stock Exchange, while the Victorian Necropolis showcased the extravagant wealth of many of the city's leading citizens.

February 19, 2015
Then and Now


Adam Smith, David Hume, Sean Connery, J.K. Rowling and Alexander Graham Bell are but a few of the world-shaping figures who have called Edinburgh home. The breadth and depth of talent produced by this small city in Scotland undeniably owes something to its unique character.

February 12, 2015
Then and Now

London Series: London Defiant

In the Summer of 1940 Britain stood alone against Germany. Her leaders expected an invasion any day and her capital was bombed relentlessly for months. Even after the threat of invasion passed the V-1 and V-2 flying bombs wreaked havoc on London. In all there were over 28,000 civilian deaths in London alone, not to mention the tens of thousands injured and hundreds of thousands left homeless.

February 8, 2015
Then and Now

London Series: Progress and Turmoil

The first half of the Twentieth Century was the stormiest era in human history. Unprecedented social turmoil and global industrialized warfare shook civilization to its very foundations. Indeed, the Europe to emerge from this period bore little resemblance to the comparatively tranquil continent of the 19th Century. London, as the world's most populous city and capital of its largest empire, was at the epicentre of these birth pangs of a new world.

February 4, 2015
Then and Now

London Series: The Fruits of Industry

Industrialization has reshaped every city on earth, but the first major city to truly witness these changes was London. Britain spearheaded the development of factory mass production, railways, telegraphs, steamships, and every other conceivable industrial innovation from that era. With her industrial strength, massive empire and control of the seas, British companies were able to accumulate vast wealth. London became the world's centre of finance and trade, in addition to a manufacturing hub.

February 2, 2015
UNESCO World Heritage Series

Maritime Greenwich

Most people only know Greenwich as the place we all set our time to and the place the Prime Meridian has been set, 0° latitude. But the true significance of Greenwich ranges far beyond these distinctions. It extends to every corner of the globe and into every sphere of Western cultural life. Indeed, persuasive arguments can and have been made that the institution represented by Maritime Greenwich has played an unsurpassed role in shaping the modern world, for Maritime Greenwich is the symbolic heart of the Royal Navy.

January 30, 2015
Then and Now

London Series: Rise of an Empire

By the end of the 19th Century Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace ruled over a bewidering array of peoples and lands. The government at Whitehall held in its hands more power than any in human history. For these reasons the story of London—and therefore Britailn—in these centuries is one of the most fascinating and important in all history.

December 22, 2014
Then and Now

Vancouver Series: Downtown

Vancouver's short history has been a turbulent one, marked by dizzying economic booms and busts based on vicarious fortunes of the commodities British Columbia exports. The lows have led to civil strife, including bloody confrontations between the unemployed and police in the 1930s, and anti-immigrant race riots before that.

December 15, 2014
Then and Now

Vancouver Series: Stanley Park

The very first act of Vancouver's city council in 1886 was to designate the island jutting into the Burrard Inlet as a park for the enjoyment of the new city's inhabitants. Soon after a causeway was built turning the island into a peninsula and ensuring Stanley Park stayed an integral part of the city. Today it is one of the largest city parks in the world and boasts the longest uninterrupted waterfront seawall in the world.

December 13, 2014
Historical Analysis

Ukraine's Lords of War

How $32 billion of Ukrainian military equipment went missing and wound up in African warzones, poisoning Ukrainian politics and society in the process.

November 15, 2014
Then and Now

Vancouver Series: Gastown

From the 1860s to the 1890s Gastown formed the nucleus of the new city of Vancouver. Initially popular with lumberjacks, sawmill workers and seamen for its saloons and houses of ill-repute (around the turn of the century over 300 liquor licenses were held within Gastown's 12 block area), the neighbourhood fell into neglect and disrepair after the Great Depression.

October 25, 2014
Then and Now

Vancouver Series: Kitsilano

As the city of Vancouver grew people began to flock to Kitsilano's sandy beaches, seeking to escape Vancouver's industrial heartland on the Burrard Inlet. In the 1940s Kitsilano enjoyed a brief stint as a military training ground, and since then has grown into a densely settled and trendy residential area.

September 20, 2014
Then and Now

Vancouver Series: North Shore

The enormous old growth forests on the North Shore first attracted European settlement to the area. Sawmills built at Moodyville, at the foot of today's Lonsdale Avenue, were the first European settlements on Burrard Inlet. Over the next century the North Shore's difficult geography—steep mountains and numerous watersheds—made developing the area and connecting it with the rest of Vancouver expensive.

May 3, 2014

Night Shift in the Oil Sands

Working night shift affords the opportunity to savour some of the experiences inherent to working this far north that easily go missed when you're stuck on the day shift. The silence reminds you how close to the wild we are, how thin on the ground our little patch of civilization is. At night nature creeps back onto the land so recently claimed by man.

December 21, 2013
Then and Now

Life After Death in Nagasaki

You don't have to look far in Nagasaki to find evidence from the day the bomb dropped. Plaques and memorials across the city hint at unthinkable horrors. Here and there a piece of scenery disfigured by the fireball has been left in place as a reminder of man's inhumanity to man. Thousands of people still live with the awful scars and illnesses we've come to associate with nuclear weapons.

January 25, 2013

A Train Ride with Uighurs

Thousands of people thronged the ticket lines, faces anxious and drawn, perturbed by the race for scarce tickets and the grueling journey ahead. Behind me stood a chain-smoking salaryman in a smart business suit, in front a worker hunched over under a giant sack of rice.