What do you know about the short history of Vancouver?
Maybe at this stage you must to know a lot of things about Vancouver: the biggest streets, the local food, and which website is better for checking out the bus schedule. But how many things do you know about the history of this city? Maybe the first thing that you have to know is that Vancouver is an only 125 years old city!
If you feel curious, here you have a timeline with the most remarkable facts that happened in our lovely Van.
– 1791: The Spanish Captain Jose Maria Narvaez was the first European to explore the area.
– 1791: The second European was the British Captain George Vancouver.
– 1808: Simon Fraser arrived descending the river, which wears his name. He was the first European to settle down in the area.
– 1858: Colony of British Columbia was established.
– 1867: Hastings Mill was founded, was a sawmill on the south shore of Burrard Inlet.
– 1867: Gassy Jack made a deal with the Hasting Mill workers. They built a saloon and he provided them to whiskey. Around this saloon the first neighborhood of Vancouver was built. The name of that area is Gastown, in honor of Gassy Jack.
– 1869: A large amount of people moved to Gastown to build the Canadian Pacific Railway. Gastown is surveyed as Granville Townsite.
– 1886: Finally the Canadian Pacific Railway was finished and Granville was renamed as the City of Vancouver.
– 1914: Panama Canal was opened and Port of Vancouver has become one of the largest in the world.
Gassy Jack statue in Gastown
So we are here, enjoying this beautiful city! If you are one of the lucky persons who won one of the free tickets for the Big Bus, you can come with us one day to learn more about the history of Vancouver.
Have a wonderful weekend,
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