In 1931, the Guinness family established British Pacific Properties and purchased 4,000 acres from the District of West Vancouver.
In 1938, the Lions Gate Bridge was opened to traffic, establishing a vital connection to the mainland of Vancouver.
The original British Properties included 1,000 acres designed by the Olmstead Brothers, a renowned Boston firm of landscape architects, responsible for such distinctive landmarks as New York City’s Central Park and Harvard University.
This tradition of excellence would also carry into new innovations in home design and lifestyles.
In 1948, British Pacific Properties featured ‘The House of Ideas’. The home would welcome over 100,000 visitors to experience new innovations in planning, interior design, technology and equipment.
Capilano Golf & Country Club was a jewel in the British Pacific Properties’ crown – a 160-acre golf course designed by Canadian-born Stanley G. Thompson. Thompson was considered to be one of North America’s premier golf architects of his generation. After four years of construction, the course opened to the public in the summer of 1937.
Park Royal Shopping Centre opened in 1950. The Centre was started alongside the Guinness family’s British Properties developments nearby, and was named after the London suburb of Park Royal where a Guinness brewery stood.