In 1916 there were no cell 'phones, no Internet, no TV, radio was in it's infancy, the population of (metropolitan) Vancouver was 135,000 - those were the "salad days" in Vancouver.
But, we are world class now, we weren't then.
Burrard St. Bridge 1932
Note the lack of development on English Bay.
bridge historical images link
It looks like a real traffic jam here (1932)... those were the days.
Stanley Park duck pond (around 1916)
Robson Street 1916
Timms photo collection
Robson St. nowadays link