In 1792, Captain George
Vancouver spends only one day on the site which, almost 100 years later, would
bear his name. Today, Vancouver is not only the largest city in British
Columbia but also the busiest seaport in western Canada. .
In 1808, explorer and fur trader Simon Fraser reaches the
Pacific overland by a river he mistakenly thinks is the Columbia. The river
was, nevertheless, named after him.
In 1827, the Hudsons Bay Company sets up a fur trading
post east of Vancouver on the
Fraser River. It's the first settlement in the Vancouver area.
In 1858, the Gold Rush on the Fraser brings about 25,000
prospectors seeking riches.
In 1859, New Westminster is named the capital of British
Columbia. At the same time, a colorful character known as "Gassy
Jack" because of his gift for gab, opens a saloon and the community known
as Gastown grows around it
In 1860, three Englishmen known as the "Three
Greenhorns" build an unsuccessful brickyard in what is now the West End.
In 1867, weekly stage service is established between the
Brighton Hotel, a popular summer vacation spot which is located just west of
the Second Narrows Bridge and New Westminster.
In 1869, Gastown is incorporated as the town of Granville.
In 1884, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) extends its line
westward from the terminus at Port Moody to Granville, now known as Coal
Harbour. This decision is very important to the rapid development of Vancouver.
In 1886, the Town of Granville is incorporated as the City of
Vancouver (the name was in fact chosen by the President of CPR) . Rate-payers
elect M A. McLean, a real estate dealer, as the first mayor of Vancouver. On
June 13, the city, with a population of about 1,000 people, is burned to the
ground in less than 30 minutes. Rebuilding of the city begans within days.
In 1887, The CPRs first train arrives in Vancouver, the
final stop of a transcontinental run.
In 1889, the original Granville Street bridge is completed.
In 1893, the Hudsons Bay Company opens its first
department store at the corner of Granville and Georgia Streets (it's still
doing business today).
In 1897, the Klondike Gold Rush boosts a continent-wide
depression of the 1890s. By 1900, Vancouver displaces Victoria, the provincial
capital, as the leading commercial centre on Canada's west coast.
In 1898, the Nine o'Clock Gun is placed at Brockton point. (it
still signals the time by being discharged every evening at 9:00 p.m.
In 1908, The University of British Columbia (UBC) opens its
In 1909, the Dominion Trust Building is the first skyscraper
built at Hastings and Cambie, (it's still standing). Ferry service begins to
In 1911, the "Arena", Canada's first artificial ice
rink opens to the public.
In 1913, a world-wide depression lasts two years and severely
reduces trade and slows railway development. Declining resources also end a
provincial mining boom.
In 1920, growth resumes and Vancouver soon replaces Winnipeg as
the leading city in western Canada.
In 1925, the original Second Narrows Bridge connects the city
with North Vancouver.
In 1926, the Orpheum Theatre opens to the public.
In 1934, Malkin Bowl presents the first performance of the
In 1936, the new City Hall at 12th and Cambie is completed.
In 1938, the Lions Gate Bridge opens.
In 1939, the Hotel Vancouver is completed.
In 1948, the first television broadcast is received from
In 1953, Vancouver's first TV station, CBUT, goes on the air.
In 1959, Oakridge shopping centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum,
Queen Elizabeth Theatre and the Deas Island Tunnel officially open.
In 1963, the Port of Vancouver ranks first among Canadian ports
In 1964, the BC Lions football team win the Canadian Football
Leagues Grey Cup.
In 1970, the Vancouver Canucks hockey team play its first game
in the National Hockey League in the Pacific Coliseum at Exhibition Park.
In 1971, the 10km pedestrian seawall at Stanley Park officially
opens. Gastown and Chinatown are designated as historic districts by the
In 1974, the refurbished steam locomotive "Royal
Hudson" has its inaugural run.
In 1979, the Vancouver Whitecaps win the North American Soccer
In 1983, BC Place Stadium opens. The world's largest
air-supported Dome (60,000 seats) is the home of the BC Lions football team as
well as trade shows, large gatherings, and major star concerts.
In 1985, SkyTrain opens with much of its route being along that
of the city's first public transit system, the 1891 interurban.
In 1986, Vancouver celebrates its centennial by hosting Expo 86
on the north shore of False Creek, the largest special category
(Transportation) World Exposition ever staged in North America. Sky Train's
opening the previous year coincides with this exposition.
In 1994, the Vancouver Canucks hockey team reach the Stanley
Cup finals for the second time in twelve years,only to lose out to the New York
Rangers. Fans riot in the streets of downtown Vancouver following the loss. The
BC Lions football team win the Grey Cup.
In 1995, a new Vancouver Public Library building is constructed
in the shape of a Roman Coliseum. General Motors (GM) Place, a new hockey,
basketball and entertainment complex opens. The Vancouver Grizzlies basketball
team plays its inaugural season. The Ford Centre for the Performing Arts also
opens to the public.
In 1996, the Vancouver International Airport expands its
terminal and adds a third runway.
In 2003, on July 1, Vancouver is selected as the Host City for
2010 Olympic Winter Games.