Vancouver History

Vancouver is a coastal seaport city located in British Columbia, Canada. The metropolitan area of Vancouver contains over 2 million residents making it the 3rd largest metropolitan area in Canada.

The settlement of what was previously called Gastown was established around a logging mill in 1867 and eventually became the towns ite of Granville.  It was renamed “Vancouver” and incorporated as a city in 1886 after the announcement that the railroad was coming to the area.. By 1887, the transcontinental railway had arrived and the area soon became a vital link in a trade route between the Asia, Eastern Canada and London. web security . Forestry is its largest industry, but Vancouver is also known as a city surrounded by nature thus giving tourism the second spot. Since the 1980s, immigration has dramatically increased and 52% do not speak English as their first language; Almost 30% of the city’s residents are Chinese.

Many people became acquainted with Vancouver because of the Olympics in 2010.  The mountain backdrop of the city skyscrapers is remarkable and its proximity to outdoor activities as well as the ethnic diversity of the region, allow tourists to experience a wide array of cultures in one location.

Granville Island

I began my tour with a trip to Granville Island to learn the history of the island and its influence on Vancouver.  The area of Granville Island started out as a creek and sand bar when the city was first developing.  Through the years many attempts were made to stabilize the sandbar so that the area could be developed but it was not until the 1970s that the development was approved.  Now the area houses a public market and shopping district along with craft studios, boutique hotel, art gallery and theatres.


Gastown was Vancouver’s first downtown core and is named after “Gassy Jack” Deighton, a Yorkshire seaman and steamboat captain who arrived in 1867 to open the area’s first saloon. The town soon prospered as the site of a sawmill and seaport. It became a center of trade and a place of commerce for the fisherman and loggers in the area. The Canadian Pacific Railway came to town and helped it grow even more.  In 1886, the town was renamed the city of Vancouver. Some of the sites to see in Gastown are the Waterfront Station where the railroad ended, the Landing built in 1905, the old Steam clock on corner of Cambie and Water streets, the statue commemorating Gassy Jack, and the many pubs and restaurants in the area.  It’s only practical to stop by one of the many pubs in Gastown in honor of Gassy Jack.