Saturday, May 14, 2016
Joe Fortes is an important person in the history of Vancouver.
In 1900, after years of voluntarily patrolling English Bay and teaching many of the city's children how to swim, local officials made him Vancouver's first lifeguard.
Prior to 1900, Fortes spent the warmer months of the year living in a tent.
Once he became a lifeguard, he moved into house at the foot of Bidwell Street at the 1700 block of Beach Avenue.