There have been humans living on the Lower Mainland for up to 10,000 years. An area at the mouth of the Fraser River was a popular seasonal area to live for First Nations. The first Europeans, the Spanish arrived in 1791. Captain George Vancouver in 1792.
The city took another 100 years to really get a foothold and the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railroad was the spark that ignited rapid growth and a large influx people from Eastern Canada and Europe. The Chinese were common in the city with the arrival of the railroad and global air travel brought people from all over the world.
Mark Truelove is a photo colourist who scours archives and brings old black and white photos to life. We see our history the way it really was.
His work on old Vancouver photos is HERE
His website featuring some local and international colourized shots is HERE