History – Vancouver's rich history
is evident in its settings - where old meets new and
industrial meets natural. Tourists only need to take
a tour of Vancouver to get a glimpse of the wonderful
history, people, and events that give birth to the
The Salish Indians were the first inhabitants of
the Vancouver area. In 1867, "Gassy" Jack
Deighton built a bar, and slowly a small community
started growing around it. This small community settled
in what became known as Gastown.
The town took its name from Captain George
Vancouver, who spent an entire day on the
site in 1792, after the railway connected both the
eastern and western sides of Canada. The connection
of the railway and the docking of a Chinese ship established
Vancouver as a trading center.
was the magic year for gold in western North America.
In British Columbia, the settlement on Vancouver
Island around Victoria officially became
a British Colony, the same year as the California
Gold Rush. In 1858, gold was discovered in the lower
Fraser River and more than 25,000 prospectors - including
many who gave up after the California Gold Rush of
'49 - managed to find over $500,000 in gold. This
encouraged people from all over the world to take
part in the gold rush, thus contributing to Vancouver's
multiracial community and history.
Currently Canada's third largest city and routinely
voted as one of the world's best places to live, Vancouver
is preparing for another global event that will make
the city's good reputation great. The 2010 Winter
Olympic Games will be held in Vancouver, and local
politicians see this as a golden opportunity to showcase
the city to the world.