Originally the settlement of Gastown, then the town of Granville, Vancouver lies strategically on the coast of the Salish Sea within British Columbia. The sixth and westernmost province of Canada, BC was named by Queen Victoria in 1858—and its capital is Victoria in her honor.
The first people, or aboriginal ancestors, of Vancouver are the First Nations, Inuit and Métis—whose presence dates back 8000-10,000 years.
Unique to the area, their totem poles tell a real or mythical story and each animal has significance—to the people and to the land. Located in Stanley Park, a collection of eight totem poles are protected and their stories interpreted.
From England to Cape Town, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and China—Vancouver’s expedition chartered unknown waters and surveyed coastlines of the Pacific Northwest which includes the states of Oregon and Washington, all the way to Alaska. Being the ‘first’ to arrive, Vancouver named the main harbor area, the Burrard Inlet, after his friend Sir Harry Burrard.
As head of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1884, American William Van Horne urged the adoption of the name ‘Vancouver’—which was already a famous and memorable name—and he urged the CPR to use the Granville location as a key hub which would eventually open up the Canadian West to trade and tourism.
A key point in the trade route between Asia, Eastern Canada, and London, Vancouver grew quickly as it also exported its natural resources—in 1884, wooden beams 112’ long and 28” square were shipped from from local sawmills to Beijing’s Imperial Palace.
Thanks to the Vancouver Film Office, the city is the third largest film production center in the world and is often referred to as ‘Hollywood North’. Over the years it’s been the site of many film productions including Legends of the Fall, Elf, Tron, and I Robot.
Today it’s home to the television series Alcatraz and Once Upon a Time and the Vancouver Film School which will ensure the industry continues to thrive.
Tomorrow, our second store in Canada, CB2 Vancouver, opens in the historic Robson neighborhood of Vancouver. We hope to see you there!