|UBC Museum of Anthropology|
I must confess to not properly researching this Canadian gun battery before our visit because I didn't think there would much left to see. The site was reported to be partially overbuilt by the University of British Columbia (UBC) Museum of Anthropology (MOA) and I suspected that not much would remain.
|Point Grey Battery Gun Emplacement #1|
The site was located on Point Grey which is now part of the sprawling campus of UBC on the west side of Vancouver BC. This requires us to transverse much of Vancouver to get to the site some 50km away, traffic is horrific and expensive in Vancouver. Gas is $ 5.70 US/Gallon and there is an unseen toll $ 3.00 CAN each time you cross the bridge (they track your license plates with hidden cameras and you accumulate an on-line bill, unknown to visitors). Given all of this, one trip would have been optimal, it took us three trips.
|Ready Ammunition Storage Emplacement #1|
On the first visit we navigated directly to the site of gun emplacement #1 and to our surprise found it well maintained and interpreted. The entrances to the ammunition storage areas and the emplacement rooms were sealed but carefully labeled, no guns or mounts but an excellent interpretive sign told the story of the battery. The emplacement was pretty much graffiti free and very well kept, how they do this in the middle of a university campus with thousands of students is amazing.
|Underground Magazine Tunnel Entrance|
At emplacement #1 you can see the ammunition hoist door and the ammunition ready storage areas. On the left side are work and storage rooms. In the center is the gun platform and behind it is an emergency exit from the underground magazine. The entrance to the underground tunnel to the magazines is to the left of emplacement #1 and is also sealed. I walked the area down to the fence along the cliff and did not see anything else that I could associate with the battery so we departed.
|Point Grey Battery Gun Emplacement #3|
|Repurposed Gun Emplacement #2 Displaying Bill Reid’s "The Raven and the First Men"|
|Google Maps Satellite View of Museum Roof|
The third trip was a great success, the #2 gun emplacement had in fact been repurposed and transformed into a stunning setting for Bill Reid’s dramatic carving. It's easy to see the form of the emplacement supporting the carving on a bed of sand. Above the carving is a round skylight flooding the carving with natural light, all of this at the center of the former gun emplacement.
The Architect of the Museum, Arthur Erickson, took pains to preserve the history of the battery and all three of the emplacements in some form. If you look at the satellite view of the museum in Google Maps you can spot the skylight over emplacement #2 and around it is outlined the shape of the emplacement on the roof.
|Searchlight Shelter #10|
This battery is an excellent example of World War II Canadian coastal defenses and well worth a visit. Do not miss going into the Museum, it is exceptional.