Vancouver, British Columbia home neighbourhoods, realtors, and movers



WHY Move to Vancouver?

This is the business centre of British Columbia, and is the shipping gateway to (and from) the Pacific nations. With its influz of Asian immigrants, the Vancouver area has three dominant languages: English, Pujabi, and Chinese/Cantonese/Mandarin. With North Shore mountains on one side, and surrounded by water on many sides, this city feels "squeezed in" and its already-dense downtown has no way to go but UP. Greater Vancouver is made up of many municipalities, each with its own charm worth investigating.
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Vancouver is nestled around the eastern end of Burrard Inlet, a natural deepwater harbour, and the mouth of the huge Fraser River. Vancouver became the base for exploration into BC's interior, and became the head office for companies that exploited the province's timber and mineral resources. The city's British heritage still pervades the downtown area, as well as the holder established neighbourhoods.

Vancouver forms the core for the 1.6 million people that live in the "Lower Mainland" of British Columbia. Because of the constraints of mountains to the north, water to the west and the US border on the south, the city has experienced growth in the only two directions left: east and up!

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The core communities in the Vancouver area are Vancouver, with Burnaby and New Westminster to the immediate east, Surrey and White Rock to the southeast, and Richmond, and Delta (with the communities of Ladner and Tsawwassen) to the south. The city has, over the last decade experienced phenomenal population growth and expansion into its eastern suburbs including Surrey, Langley and Pitt Meadows, for which commuters use the Trans-Canada Highway (#1) south of the Fraser and the Lougheed Highway (#7)north of the Fraser. Vancouver has a several scenic North Shore comunities including North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Horseshoe Bay (the BC Ferries terminus) and Lion's Bay. These have access to the waterfront and to the North Shore Mountains, with ski hills, summer & winter recreational trails, and of course faster access to Whistler and various venues of the 2010 Winter Olymic Games.

SkyTrain was built prior to the Expo 86 world's fair, connecting downtown to Burnaby and New Westminster. A recently added SkyTrain Light Rail Transit system through northern Burnaby to Surrey has eased commuter traffic. The Canada Line is a new southern route (opened fall 2009) into Richmond and to Vancouver International Airport, and further routes are planned east to Port Moody and Coquitlam. Commuters as far east as Mission have access to the West Coast Express, which connects to the Waterfront Station, with transfers to bus, SkyTrain and SeaBus service.

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Vancouver is an ethnically and culturally diverse community. About 50% of Greater Vancouver residents do not speak English as their first language. The two largest enthic/lingustic groups (other than English-speakers) are the Chinese and the East Indians. Vancouver is also a very gay-friendly city.

Vancouver combines the cultural sophistication of Los Angeles with the rainy-foggy charm of San Fransisco, with the added plus of having mountains RIGHT THERE! Its the only city in Canada where you can snow-ski and go sailing on the same day, almost year-round. The city's moist climate gives the city its year-round green color. The fine weather has also attracted several new audiences: the leisurely and recreation-oriented youth, those of retirement age who no longer want to deal with harsh Canadian winters, and Asians looking for a North American base. In fact half of Vancouver's population is now non-white and very Asian. It has Canada's biggest Chinatown, and very strong communities of those of Korean, Vietnamese, Philipine or Japanese descent.

History of Vancouver

In 1778 James Cook, the famous British captain, first landed at Friendly Cove in Nootka Sound on the western side of Vancouver Island. He was followed by Alexander Mackenzie, working for the fur-trading Northwest Company, who in 1793 managed to reach the Pacific from the eastern side of the Rockies. He first traveled up the Peace River and then down 400 kilometres of the Fraser River, portaging, and used the lower stretch of the Bella Coola River arriving about halfway between Vancouver and the southern tip of Alaska. In 1808, Simon Fraser, also with the North West Company, navigated 35 days to the Pacific all the way down the river since named after him, passing through many uncharted rapids. Fur trading posts were established along all of these rivers and began a period of white settlement in the interior of BC. When the North West and Hudson's Bay companies merged in 1821, the province already had significant agricultural interests centred around the forts, supplying the travelers, traders and the Royal Navy.

View from Burnaby Mountain to the North Shore In 1849 the settlement around Victoria officially became a British Colony, the same year as the California Gold Rush. In 1858, gold was discovered in the lower Fraser River, bringing more than 25,000 prospectors (including many who gave up after the California Gold Rush of '49) who managed to find over $500,000 in gold. Those diggings were then in 1859 and then worked by Chinese immigrants. Gold in the Caribou attracted many to that area, but was too deep and expensive to recover. In 1865 more gold was found on the Columbia River's Big Bend, near Revelstoke, but this gold rush fizzled out in a year.

By 1866, the BC and the Vancouver Island colonies were united, but an economy based on just fur trading and mining was not stable enough to grow a colony. In 1871, four years after Canada was given its independence by Britain, BC joined Canadian confederation. The BC provincial government began encouraging the agriculture and forestry industries, to begin economic diversification.

To entice it to join Canada, BC was promised a railroad linking it to the eastern part of the country. While one crew was building from the east, across the Prairies and then through the Roger's Pass. Another crew was laying track from the West, up the Fraser River canyon and into the Thompson River valley. On November 7, 1885 the Canadian Pacific Railway set the last spike in its construction at Craigellachie, just east of Shushwap Lake. The first trans-continental railway train arrived in Port Moody on July 4, 1886. The following year, the railway was extended the last 20 kilometres into Vancouver. Since then, BC has shipped much of its natural resources east to the rest of Canada, and become the country’s gateway to the Pacific nations. In 1904, the Great Northern Railway connects the city to Seattle. The 1914 opening of the Panama Canal makes Vancouver an important west coast port. Chinatown Side Stree tStores View In 1908 the University of British Columbia is founded. In 1909 Ferry service begins to West Vancouver. In 1912, the "Vancouver Sun" begins publication. In 1915, a fishing sandbar used by the Squamish becomes Granville Island, built up with silt dredged from False Creek. In 1922, Vancouver switches to driving on the right-hand side from the British left-hand side. In 1925 the first Second Narrows Bridge is built, connecting the North Shore for the first time. In 1937, the Guiness Family begins construction of the Lions Gate Bridge, which opened as a toll bridge until the city bought it in 1963. In 1939, the present-day Hotel Vancouver opens up. In 1958, the current Second Narrow Bridge is built, though nineteen workers died in its construction.

Vancouver began as a little log cabin city amongst the tall trees (when the whole city looked like Stanley Park’s forest). In 1886 a fire destroyed much of Vancouver, helped along with a strong westerly squall, razing over 1,000 buildings in 20 minutes and left 3,000 people homeless. From this initial setback, Vancouver rebuilt itself and prospered. The city grew as the western endpoint of the railways, either for Canadian resources being shipped to the US or to Asia, or goods from around the Pacfic being landed there and transferred to the railway for shipment to the rest of Canada.

Vancouver is on the lee (downwind) side of Vancouver Island, providing both wide deep harbors and a sheltered location. Its first export shipment of wooden pickets to Australia in 1864. Vancouver's harbors now have 25 specialized terminals for goods like cars, coal, forest products, minerals and petroleum. More than 3,000 ships trading with over 90 nations visit Vancouver's harbors every year. View of Port of Vancouver container cranes

Vancouver has grown over the years, and the metro area has over 1.5 million people. Many Canadians have moved here from other parts of the country because of its mild climate and lush, green vegetation. The ability to windsurf in the morning and ski on Grouse Mountain the same afternoon attracts the recreation and leisure crowd.

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Vancouver's recent real estate boom (its home prices run neck-in-neck with Toronto's) was fueled substantially (though not exclusively) by the influx of Asian immigrants. Those from Vietnam left their homeland in the 70s after the communist victory after the war in Vietnam. The Japanese continue to move to Vancouver because the cost of living is so much lower here than in Japan. Those from Hong Kong have moved here in anticipation of China taking over the British colony in 1997.

The recent "Asian Flu" has reduced Asian economic prosperity, reducing its ability to import BC’s resources for its manufacturing, reducing the income levels of those to regularly visit British Columbia, and finally their ability to emigrate to BC.

Because of high real estate prices in Vancouver, the surrounding municipalities have had extensive development and growth. This, however, is constrained by the protection of agricultural land in the Lower Mainland area (expecially in Richmond and Delta south of Vancouver, and Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Langley to the east), not just to protect the farmers but to preserve the quality of life, maintaining access to fresh & locally-grown produce, and the favourable impact of open green spaces have on the area's ecology.

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Greater Vancouver BuildersAlair Homes North Vancouver

Alair Homes North Vancouver is an entirely new brand of contracting company.

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Greater Vancouver BuildersBrycon Construction Design

Located in beautiful Port Coquitlam, Brycon is a family run, high-end residential construction firm that specializes in renovating and remodeling highly crafted single family homes and high valued condominiums.

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Greater Vancouver BuildersAdera Development Corporation

Our Adera family all have a different story based on these same elements of life here on the West Coast. Each one is unique. Each story inspires us in our personal daily effort.

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Greater Vancouver BuildersEuro Canadian Construction Corp.

Euro Canadian Construction Corp is the premier Vancouver based general construction company specializing in building elegant custom homes that exceeds clients’ needs and expectations.

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Greater Vancouver BuildersShakespeare Homes

Shakespeare Homes and Renovations is a full service Vancouver construction and renovation company offering high quality service for both residential and commercial buildings.

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Greater Vancouver RealtorsLisa Gibson/Macdonald Realty Westmar

With my vast business background I apply my marketing, sales and people skills to ensure that my clients’ home is sold as effectively as possible. A wise purchase can become an excellent investment and will serve well for years to come.

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Greater Vancouver RealtorsChris Ryan - Vancouver Realtor - Luxury Lifestyles

Luxury Lifestyles provides everything you need for luxury living in real estate services. Chris Ryan is very knowledgeable about the local real estate market and specializes in buying and selling multi-million dollar homes and commercial properties.

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Greater Vancouver RealtorsKooner projects ltd

Kooner Investment Group provide services in West Vancouver,North Vancouver,Vancouver and South Surrey.Contact Kooner projects Ltd. for custom home building, renovations and property management.

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Greater Vancouver RealtorsPoint Grey Homes, with Sam Huang

s a licensed Point Grey Real Estate Agent specializing in the Point Grey area, I want to share my personal experience and knowledge with you to help you find your home in this amazing community.

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Burnaby Realtor, John Patricelli, is a honest and experienced realtor serving the Greater Vancouver area. For over 13 years he has been part of Sutton Centre Realty on 3010 Boundary Road, Burnaby, BC.

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Greater Vancouver MortgagesVerico Synergy Mortgage

Vancouver Mortgage Broker serving the lower mainland for over a decade. Visit us online to submit your secure application, receive your free Home Buyers Guide and receive your free Weekly Rates Update

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Greater Vancouver MortgagesVerico Select Mortgage BC

Why not use one of our mortgage brokers for your next mortgage? Save time and money working with one of our licensed professionals. View our website for up to date BC mortgage rates.

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Greater Vancouver MortgagesJackson Cunningham - Your Vancouver Mortgage Broker

I am a licensed Vancouver Mortgage Broker. I make the mortgage process way more convenient than going to a bank and I will get you a better product since I have access to over 30 major lenders instead of just one.

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Voted one of teh Purchasing your first home? Renewing? Refinancing? I have access to volume discounts and preferred rates with over 40 lenders! MY SERVICES ARE FREE to you! For peace of mind and personalized service 7 days a week, call me today!

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Greater Vancouver MortgagesDarcy Doyle - The Mortgage Professionals

Leading, full-service mortgage professionals team specializing in residential & commercial properties with the best mortgage rates in BC and Alberta.

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Greater Vancouver MoversThe Vancouver Movers | Priority 1 Moving Company

Priority 1 Moving is a Vancouver moving company that provides affordable and professional commercial moving and residential moving services in the Greater Vancouver area.

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Greater Vancouver MoversDLO Move Support Services Ltd.

DLO Move Support Services is the only moving company to provide cost-effective corporate moving and move coordination services, either together or separately. Under contract or as needed, DLO can assist with the shuffling of departments and personnel

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Greater Vancouver MoversVincent Moving Company

Superior service since 1994, specializing in Vancouver Island moves to Victoria and Nanaimo.

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Greater Vancouver MoversShort Notice Moving Company

Moving & Packing, Unpacking Services in: Vancouver, Abbotsford, Langley, Chilliwack, Surrey, White Rock, Maple Ridge, Mission, Delta, Ladner, North Vancouver, BC,Richmond, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Vancouver Island:Greater Vancouver & Fraser Valley BC

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Greater Vancouver MoversCariboo Moving & Freight

Daily Overnight LTL Freight Service to and from Vancouver - Fraser Valley British Columbia to and from Seattle WA and surrounding cities/towns. Canada/USA LTL Carrier.nterstate commerce between British Columbia & Washington State. Dry goods freight.

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City of Coquitlam (Vancouver Neighbourhoods)City of Coquitlam (Vancouver Neighbourhoods)

BC: Coquitlam is nestled between Burnaby to the west and the Pitt River to the east, and north of the Fraser River.

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Anmore (Port Moody Neighbourhood)Anmore (Port Moody Neighbourhood)

BC: Anmore is north of Port Moody, with just a few rural houses and some stores, with the big attraction being Buntzen Lake

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Yaletown (Vancovuer Neighbourhood)Yaletown (Vancovuer Neighbourhood)

BC: Yaletown is a heritage warehouse district, revitalized since Expo 86 with shops, restaurants and high-rise condominiums; located on the edge of Downtown

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North Vancouver (Vancovuer Neighbourhood)North Vancouver (Vancovuer Neighbourhood)

BC: directly across the Burrard Inlet from Vancouver^s downtown, accessible by sea using the SeaBus passenger ferry, or via either the Lion^s Gate Bridge or the Second Narrows Bridge

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City of Burnaby (Vancouver Neighbourhood)City of Burnaby (Vancouver Neighbourhood)

BC: Burnaby is a suburb of Vancouver, wtih clusters around 3 major town centres at Lougheed Town Centre, Brentwood Town Centre, and Metrotown Centre

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