We were confined within the high wire fence of Hastings Park just like caged animals. Tom Tagami, 1987

In early 1942, after Canada declared War on Japan, the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) grounds at Hastings Park in east Vancouver were used to temporarily house Japanese Canadians who were being uprooted from the BC Coast.  Over 8000 were detained in the exhibition buildings and stables at Hastings Park before being sent to internment sites in the BC interior or to work camps across the country.

Officially called the Hastings Park Manning Pool, the large grounds were also used to collect and store impounded vehicles, and set up a hospital and an office of the BC Security Commission.
The above is an excerpt from Hastings Park 1942.


Bunkhouse at Hastings

Nikkei National Museum 1994.69.3.18