Born in Vancouver in 1948, Bruce Macdonald grew up in West Vancouver and studied engineering at the University of B.C. He taught at alternative and secondary schools for several years. In order to create Vancouver: A Visual History (1992), Bruce Macdonald learned state-of-the art computer graphic and cartographic programs. The project took eight years to complete.
Winner 1993 City of Vancouver Book Award
Short-listed 1993 BC Book Prize: BC Booksellers' Choice Award in Honour of Bill Duthie
Short-listed 1993 BC Book Prize: Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize