Homeless in Vancouver: Armoured personnel carrier seen on West Broadway

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      What else to say? At 10:02 p.m. on Friday (April 28), I watched a very large dun and olive-coloured armoured personnel carrier (APC) being hauled on a flatbed trailer westbound through the 1400 block of West Broadway.

      In configuration it was a prow-fronted, angular, slab-sided vehicle, mounted on eight large untracked wheels.

      It had a turret mounted atop the front third of its body, positioned just behind low, forward observation ports.

      There were a total of nine packs strapped to the visible right side of its body.

      Stanley Q. Woodvine

      The big, tank-like vehicle was headed in the direction of the 15th Field Artillery Regiment, which is quartered in the Bessborough Armoury, located at 2025 West 11th Avenue.

      It's just a hop, skip and an  artillery round from where I saw it, at the intersection of West Broadway and Granville Street.

      Assuming that it is real and not just a big movie prop (always a possibility in Vancouver) then I’m also assuming that it belongs to the Canadian Armed Forces.

      It has two more wheels than the surplus Cougar tactical armoured vehicles which the RCMP received in 2010 from the Canadian Forces, and it makes the Vancouver Police Department’s four-wheeled armoured rescue vehicle (ARV), likewise acquired in 2010, look like a windup toy.

      VPD's $350,000 ARV seen languishing in the Manitoba Works Yard on March 15.
      Stanley Q. Woodvine
      Stanley Q. Woodvine is a homeless resident of Vancouver who has worked in the past as an illustrator, graphic designer, and writer. Follow Stanley on Twitter at @sqwabb.