Happy Birthday, Vancouver!
April 6th, 2016 marked our beautiful city’s 130th birthday.
To help celebrate the milestone—we compiled a list of some of the top moments that happened in Vancouver over the years.
Vancouver’s Most Iconic Moments
1886: The town known as Granville was officially incorporated as the City of Vancouver. The name was chosen by the President of Canadian Pacific Railway. At the time, the city had a population of around 1,000 people. The Vancouver General Hospital opened and The Vancouver Police Department was formed during this year as well.
1888: Vancouver’s gem Stanley Park opens. It is now one of the greatest parks in the world and it’s even 10% bigger than New York City’s Central Park.
1956: The Vancouver Aquarium opens as Canada’s first public aquarium and the first in the entire world to display an orca whale. Today, they are known for the incredible work they do for marine research, conservation, and marine animal rehabilitation.
1964: The BC Lions football team won the CFL’s Grey Cup.
1970: The Vancouver Canucks play their first game in the NHL at the Pacific Coliseum.
1979: The Vancouver Whitecaps are victorious in the North American Soccer League Championship.
1985: The SkyTrain opens just in time for Expo ’86—operating from Waterfront Station to New Westminster Station.
1986: Vancouver hosts Expo ’86—the iconic world’s fair that attracted over 22 million people to our city.
2010: Vancouver is the chosen host city for the 2010 Winter Olympics—bringing worldwide attention to the area.
2014: For the first time, the annual TED conference was brought to Vancouver.
Photos: City of Vancouver Archives