All Grown Up: The City of Vancouver Turns 125

The only city to earn top spot on the Economist Intelligence Unit's list of the world's most liveable cities for five straight years, Vancouver, British Columbia turns 125 years old on April 6, 2011. 

Vancouver is a youngster by historical standards, but already the city has gained prominence in world rankings in a number of categories - from real estate to quality of life.

How much do you know about Canada's third largest metropolitan centre? We looked into the history books to unearth some interesting bits of trivia. 



  • In 1886, with a population of 1,000, the town of Granville incorporated as Vancouver; later that year a fire completely destroyed the city, which was rebuilt.

  • In 1954, the landmark Lion's Gate Bridge was completed to allow a real estate company to sell property it had bought on the north shore of the Burrard Inlet. The structure was built to last 50 years.

  • The Port of Vancouver is the 4th largest tonnage port in North America, facilitating trade with more than 160 world economies.

  • Vancouver has 400km/249 miles of cycling routes throughout the city, including a 29km/18 mile dedicated seaside cycling path.

  • A 2010 report ranked Vancouver as having the least affordable housing in the world. In March 2011, the benchmark price of a typical detached home in greater Vancouver was $866,806. Closer to downtown on Vancouver's west side, the benchmark price was $1,914,639.

  • Vancouver's Chinatown area is North America's third largest after New York and San Francisco.

  • In 2010, the population of the City of Vancouver was estimated at 642,843 and the population of greater Vancouver estimated at 2,374,628.

  • With the smallest carbon footprint of any major city in North America, the City of Vancouver has set a goal to become the world's greenest city by 2020.


Happy 125th Birthday Vancouver.

Additional sources:

Tourism Vancouver
Metro Vancouver

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