Born in Vancouver in 1948, Bruce Macdonald grew up in West Vancouver and studied engineering at the University of British Columbia. He taught at alternative and secondary schools for several years. In order to create Vancouver: A Visual History, he had to learn state-of-the art computer graphic and cartographic programs. The project took eight years to complete.
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
Winner 1993 City of Vancouver Book Award