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2011 Vancouver named the “world’s most livable city” for the fifth consecutive year.

2010 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.

2009 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.

2006 First Vancouver International Burlesque Festival. Local men delighted.

1986 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.

1985 The SkyTrain public transport system opens. You can get great views of the city from onboard.

1979 Vancouver Whitecaps win the North American Soccer League championship.

1971 Greenpeace is founded in Vancouver.

1970 Vancouver Canucks ice hockey team play their first game in the National Hockey League.

1953 Vancouver's first TV station, CBUT, goes live.

1927 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!

1911 The "Arena", Canada's first artificial ice rink opens to the public.

1908 The University of British Columbia (UBC) opens its doors.

1898 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.

1890 The Chinese population living on Shanghai Alley and Canton Alley tops 1000.

1888 Stanley Park opens. 400 hectares of varied terrain make this the perfect place to enjoy a sunny afternoon (see Vancouver attractions)

1886 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.

1884 The Canadian Pacific Railway extends its line to Granville, by now known as Coal Harbour.

1869 Gastown is incorporated as the town of Granville.

1866 Victoria, located on Vancouver Island, is designated as British Columbia’s new capital city. It remains so to this day.

1859 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.

1858 The first Gold Rush brings about 25,000 prospectors to the Vancouver area.

1827 The Hudson’s Bay Company sets up a fur trading post on the Fraser River.

1792 British Captain George Vancouver spends just one day exploring the site which, almost 100 years later, would bear his name.

6000BC First traces of Squamish, Musqueam, and Tseil-Waututh populations that inhabit Vancouver area up until European colonisation.
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