Boats would leave our waters, loaded with alcohol and headed for the California waters. Along the way, they would play a cat and mouse game with the U.S. Coastguard and the FBI.
This operation was run by the Reifel family here in Vancouver who ran the operation from their mansions and warehouses in the area. They became on of North America's wealthiest families in the process.
Unfortunately, heroin and cocaine brought new problems to the city a few years later.
I wonder how much these harsh laws affect the scene today. Being a fan of music and musicians the way I am, I have heard a fair amount about how difficult it is to get music off the ground in Vancouver. Clubs that support live acts seem to come and go and the musicians find themselves having to go underground to be heard by their fans. There is even a documentary on this topic called No Fun City. I don't know anything about the documentary and this is all conjecture on my part but it is something to consider.
I hope you find the beauty around you.