Our future is being forged from Vancouver’s past
Gassy Jack opens the first saloon in 1867 near the Hastings Mill and the settlement of Gastown grows quickly around it. By 1886, the city is renamed “Vancouver” and the Canadian Pacific Railway is extended to the city, triggering an incredible surge of growth, The community of under 1000 settlers jumps to 13 700 by 1891.
From the turn of the century to the beginning of WWI, Vancouver sees a surge in construction and migrants pour into the city. The modestly sized city grows to a substantial 115 000 people from the Burrard Inlet to the Fraser River.
Construction soon booms again following a slump in growth due to enlistment. The municipalities of South Vancouver and Point Grey are amalgamated in 1929 and the total metro population reaches 304 000.
A post-WWII population boom sees the arrival of 100 000 immigrants as high rise buildings reshape the skyline. Land becomes scarce, and with improvements in highways, suburban development increases drastically. In 1971, the population of Metro Vancouver exceeds a million.