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#21 aastra

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 02:05 PM

Kerrisdale Cameras is another one.

Fairfield Dry Cleaners used to be downtown. No more, right?

It got me thinking about local businesses that have names that have nothing to do with their location. Usually because the business has relocated or made a second branch and decided to keep the old name.


It got me to thinking about how the original Oak Bay Bikes and the old Oak Bay Toy Shop weren't in Oak Bay at all.

#22 yodsaker

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 04:23 PM

Think I was mistaken about OB Optical up on Quadra, I think its OB Tailor Shop. Hard to see when you're looking out for traffic. Maybe it was in OB once upon a time.
There's also Oak Bay Denturist on Lee Ave. and Oak Bay Pet Clinic nearby on OB Ave. And OB Bikes is a good 25m from OB!

How about Canada Dry? Was it ever made or was it invented in Canada?

aastra, I also would never refer to our neck of the woods as SW Canada though it actually is. I just find it interesting how quickly Canadians can lose sight of their own country and its true boundaries using an American term to describe where we live. When an American refers to the Pacific Northwest he really means Oregon and Wash. and the rest of N.A. doesn't matter.

#23 Holden West

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 05:26 PM


It got me to thinking about how the original Oak Bay Bikes [wasn't] in Oak Bay at all.


Even the modern version is a few feet inside the Victoria side of the Foul Bay Rd. border.
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#24 Mike K.

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 08:12 PM

I think that's fine. Ross Bay Pub. James Bay whatever. It need not be at water's edge.


Considering the top floors only afford glimpses of the Inner Harbour, the name is quite the misnomer.

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 10:03 PM


No, no no... that's all wrong

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#26 D.L.

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 10:04 PM

The Marriott needs to consider what their guests are going to think if "Inner Harbour" is in the name of the hotel. Are guests going to think that the hotel is right on the harbour, or directly overlooking the harbour and their room will have a view of the harbour? By the negative comments I have heard from disillusioned guests it seems that some of them do.

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 08:10 AM

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This one shows why kids have no clue about directions.



We live in the Pacific North East, or the American North West.
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#28 yodsaker

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 09:34 AM

Or the south-west of our country not the north-west of theirs.
The horizontal axis in the last map needs to come down to Singapore or below Panama to show north-south more accurately. This woud put Panama in the Pacific north-east which just seems odd.
But its also odd that Panama is where the Pacific is east of the Atlantic!

#29 aastra

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 12:02 PM

You guys have reminded me of another one: Southside Delivery.

#30 Mike K.

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 12:08 PM

Southside is a Vancouver company, no?

And here's another. West Shore Return-it Depot on Esquimalt at Head.

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#31 jklymak

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 12:13 PM

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We live in the Pacific North East, or the American North West.


I think most geographers and oceanographers would say we live adjacent to the Northeast Pacific Ocean.

#32 yodsaker

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 04:25 PM

I think most geographers and oceanographers would say we live adjacent to the Northeast Pacific Ocean.


Yes. If you told someone in Japan you lived in the Pacific northwest they would scratch their head. If you said Pac northeast or southwest Canada they would get it.

#33 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 02:15 PM

James Bay Auto Service on North Park St.
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#34 Holden West

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 07:09 PM

^Excellent example.

James Bay Auto Service on North Park St

That reminds me, Fran Willis used to own the North Park Galley on Wharf St.
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#35 Ms. B. Havin

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 07:36 PM

^ That's because the original location of her gallery was in North Park. I guess the name was established enough that she took it with her to Wharf St.

Too bad the gallery is gone now...
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#36 Phil McAvity

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 09:41 AM

Boston Pizza....which was founded in Edmonton.
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#37 Ginger Snap

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 09:25 PM

Bay Street Auto Brokers, at the corner of Goldstream and Island Hwy.

#38 Holden West

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:31 PM

Hillside Printers on Nanaimo Street has a new neighbour...you guessed it...

Cedar Hill Auto.
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#39 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:43 PM

I ran by Quadra Park the other day. I know, it's named after Quadra, but still, it'd confuse people if you asked them where it is. It's over by Gatsby Mansion on Belleville.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:41 AM

Bay Street Auto Brokers, at the corner of Goldstream and Island Hwy.


Not any more...it's a mortgage company now.

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