Vancouver named the “world’s most livable city” for the fifth consecutive year.
Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Canada tops the medal table with 14 golds. At the previous 2 Olympic Games held in Canada (1988 in Calgary, 1976 in Montreal), Canada hadn’t won a single gold medal.
Vancouver opens the Canada Place West Building, its newest and most sustainable convention centre. The West Building holds world class events and conventions and is certified to be one of the greenest buildings in the world.
First Vancouver International Burlesque Festival. Local men delighted.
The world’s fair comes to Vancouver as the city plays host to Expo ’86. The theme for the fair was “Transportation and Communication” and allowed Vancouver to showcase its new SkyTrain system to the world.
The SkyTrain public transport system opens. You can get great views of the city from onboard.
Vancouver Whitecaps win the North American Soccer League championship.
Greenpeace is founded in Vancouver.
Vancouver Canucks ice hockey team play their first game in the National Hockey League.
Vancouver's first TV station, CBUT, goes live.
Charles Lindbergh, who had recently flown the Spirit of St Louis non-stop from the USA to France, refuses to stop in Vancouver on his North American tour because of the lack of a proper airport. Two years later, the land for Vancouver International Airport is purchased!
The "Arena", Canada's first artificial ice rink opens to the public.
The University of British Columbia (UBC) opens its doors.
The Nine o’clock Gun is placed at Brockton point, initially to warn fishermen of the 6pm Sunday close of fishing. Nowadays it fires at 9pm every evening.
The Chinese population living on Shanghai Alley and Canton Alley tops 1000.
Stanley Park opens. 400 hectares of varied terrain make this the perfect place to enjoy a sunny afternoon (see Vancouver attractions
Granville is incorporated as the City of Vancouver. On June 13, Vancouver burns to the ground when fire set to clear land is blown out of control by a gale. Later in the year, Vancouver’s fire brigade is founded.
The Canadian Pacific Railway extends its line to Granville, by now known as Coal Harbour.
Gastown is incorporated as the town of Granville.
Victoria, located on Vancouver Island, is designated as British Columbia’s new capital city. It remains so to this day.
Local legend Gassy Jack, so-called because of his chatty manner, opens a saloon. The community known as Gastown in his honour grows around it. New Westminster is named the capital of British Columbia.
The first Gold Rush brings about 25,000 prospectors to the Vancouver area.
The Hudson’s Bay Company sets up a fur trading post on the Fraser River.
British Captain George Vancouver spends just one day exploring the site which, almost 100 years later, would bear his name.
First traces of Squamish, Musqueam, and Tseil-Waututh populations that inhabit Vancouver area up until European colonisation.