Vancouver Planning Chronology

A Chronology of Planning and Development in Vancouver

This chronology describes significant decisions, actions and events in the planning and development history of the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The purpose is to provide an overview of these transformative events, or ‘milestones,’ that contributed to shaping Vancouver is a unique urban centre.;xNLx;The chronology, first launched in 2016 created in collaboration with numerous partners, is an evolving project that will be enhanced over time. The story of the chronology can be [found here](;xNLx;The chronology is a project of the [Vancouver City Planning Commission](, a body of citizen volunteers appointed by Vancouver City Council to provide advice on the city’s future. It is intended to provide a tool for grounding discussions about the future in an understanding of the legacy of the past.;xNLx;

1763-10-07 06:07:00

Royal Proclamation signed

The Royal Proclamation is a document that set out guidelines for European settlement of Aboriginal territories in what is now North America.

1790-01-01 00:00:00

Indigenous communities established in the Lower Mainland for over 10,000 years

At the time of the arrival of European explorers in 1791, indigenous peoples had been living in the Fraser River delta for more than 10,000 years.

1791-07-05 00:00:00

First contact between European explorers and Indigenous people

Spanish explorer Lieutenant José Maria Narvåez was the first European to come to the area, landing west of modern-day Point Grey on July 5, 1791.

1827-08-01 00:00:00

Hudson’s Bay Company establishes first year-round trading post

The establishment of the year-round Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) trading post at Fort Langley formalizes a trading relationship with native populations of the lower mainland.

1846-06-15 00:00:00

49th Parallel established as US/British border

The Oregon Treaty establishes the British-American boundary at 49 degrees North, giving Britain sovereignty over the lower mainland and Burrard Inlet and placing the lands in what will become British Colombia.

1858-01-01 00:00:00

Langley proclaimed Gold Rush capital

The influx of over 20,000 prospectors and others, largely from the American States and the idea of exploiting the rich resources of gold and lumber, prompts the British government to proclaim the Colony of British Colombia and appoint the Hudson’s Bay Company’s head man, James Douglas, to preside over it. Fort Langley is made its capital.

1859-02-04 00:00:00

Pre-emption Law and Creation of Military and Indian Reserves

In January 1860, Governor Douglas brought in pre-emption laws that allowed any person to stake off one pre-emption of 160 acres of vacant land in the Greater Vancouver region, and reserved lands for the military and for the native population.

1863-01-01 00:00:00

Lumber industry established

Three saw mills -- the Pioneers Mill in 1863, Moody’s Mill in 1865 on the north side of the Burrard Inlet, along with Stamps’ Mill in 1865 on the south side of the Inlet -- established the local lucrative lumber industry.

1869-06-22 00:00:00

First Nations in Vancouver restricted to Reserve Lands

In 1869, the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam First Nations were given small Indian reserves that were transferred to the authority of the federal government after BC joined Canada in 1871.

1870-03-10 00:00:00

Granville Townsite Established

On March 10, 1870, the settlement know locally as Gastown was given its official name: Granville Townsite.

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