It was established under the name of Gastown in 1867, starting off with just two buildings: a sawmill and a tavern. With the introduction of the railway system, the small town grew rapidly as was renamed Vancouver in 1886.
People Born in Vancouver
Vancouver in People's Lives
Abigail Breslin: I filmed a movie here in 2003.
George Vancouver: I explored this area in the 1790's, and the city that was later built here was named after me.
Jessica Lowndes: I was born here in 1988, and grew up here. As a preteen, I decided that I wanted to be an actress one day.
Jude Law: I traveled here in 2008 to film scenes of the movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. We filmed at the Vancouver Public Library and at the Orpheum Theater.
Liam Neeson: I traveled here in 2009 to film scenes of the movie The A-Team, a movie that I would later say I "didn't get." We filmed at the Ovaltine Cafe.
Ralph Fiennes: I traveled here in 2008 to film scenes of the movie The Hurt Locker.
Rudyard Kipling: I visited this city in 1889, during a world tour of sorts through North America.
Stephen Moyer: I traveled here in 2006 to film scenes of the movie 88 Minutes.
Tatiana Maslany: I worked here in 2002 as a high school student, working hard to save up enough money to support myself as an aspiring actress once I graduated high school.
Taylor Lautner: I traveled here in 2007 to film scenes of the movie New Moon.