Vancouver Canada History
In Travel Thru's history, this week we take a look back at the history of Vancouver, Canada's second largest city. Vancouver is home to one of Canada's most diverse and diverse ethnic communities. Because of the onslaught of the Canadian Pacific Railway and the role played by Chinese workers in its construction, Vancouver had a prominent Chinese community, including Chinatown, which served as a residential, social, and commercial center in its early days.
In the 1850s, when the city of New Westminster, now a suburb of Vancouver, was founded, few Europeans lived in Vancouver. Letson and Burpee Ltd. started their business in London and moved to Vancouver in 1887 and for the next 67 years. The area was sparsely populated until a year later, in 1889, electric cars and trams reached Vancouver, which ran from the barns of Carrall Street to Stanley Park (officially opened in 1888).
Vancouver had a deep port and was the western terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It took over the trade that had been handled previously via Victoria and gradually replaced Victoria as the most important port on the Pacific coast of Canada. It was decided that Vancouver should be the site of a new terminal for the British Columbia Railway (now Trans-Canada Railway), which connected Vancouver with Victoria and the other major cities on the Pacific coast. As Canada was founded and British Columbians continued to grow, Vancouver Island made its way to the paradise it is today.
For years, Canadian Northern negotiated with the city to fill False Creek, which then stretched almost as far as Clark Drive, to build a railroad station and a new station, but the project was never taken off because the city went bankrupt and into government ownership during the war. This decision proved short-lived, however, as she sold the Vancouver Hotel to the Canadian Pacific Railway. In return, they agreed to close the building and baptize the new name.
This was enough to get them to campaign successfully in the City Council against Canadian Pacific Railway and its owner, Canadian Northern Railway.
The Reliance Foundry has a long history, but it was in 1887 that the small town of Granville was renamed after the explorer Captain George Vancouver. Vancouver was incorporated as a city on April 6, 1886 and renamed after its first mayor, George "Granville" Clark, on July 1, 1888. In the 1870s, Vancouver was known as a "small sawmill settlement" and was called Granville. After the gold rush brought a huge influx of inhabitants to the area, it was incorporated into a commune in 1890, replacing the commune of Granville and other small settlements.
When the province originally proposed a 55-story tower to replace the existing courthouse in the 1970s, the City of Vancouver objected. The anti-highway sentiment was widespread in Vancouver and across Canada at the time, and Toronto fought the proposed Spadina Expressway. In order to silence those who wanted to bid for the 2010 Olympic Games in Gastown, this fledgling city was founded on July 1, 2010 as a city of independence.
While Vancouver had about 5,000 inhabitants when the first hotel was built in 1888, by the beginning of the 20th century it had well over 100,000. The 1911 census listed 559 Chinese in Vancouver, and the 1911 census by the US Census Bureau listed 1,943 Chinese, making Vancouver the second largest city in the country with the largest number of Chinese.
The newly arrived Squamish had a village on the west side of the Fraser River, near what is now Port Coquitlam, in the early 20th century.
The Tsleil-Waututh occupied large parts of north London, with seasonal storage set up when the salmon ran out. Vancouver and its surroundings have been inhabited by many native people, and their culture and history are connected to the heart of Vancouver Island when it landed in and lived on what is now known as "Vancouver Island." European explorers who came to the area, now called Vancouver, knew that this area was indescribably densely forested and inhabited by First Nation people and animals, as was the case in many other parts of Canada.
The first trains of the Canadian Pacific Railway arrived in Vancouver in 1884, when they built their terminus in Gastown, and journeys to the East Coast began in the summer of 1886. In July 1886 the first passenger train from New York City to Vancouver Island arrived and in May 1887 the connection between Vancouver and Vancouver was established. At the turn of the century, ferry traffic began to connect Vancouver Island to the mainland; a quay was built at the foot of Granville Street, and in 1960 BC ferries made their first trip.
The Canadian Northern Railway arrived in Vancouver, and at that time the first grain terminal was built in Vancouver, which helped make the city the second largest port in the country after Montreal. The booming port of Vancouver had been chosen in 1884 as the site of the first Canadian embassy in New York City. In 1887, the Ministry opened the consular office in downtown Vancouver after the entire city was destroyed by fire.