“People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” –Dagobert D Runes
Vancouver has been called a “city of neighbourhoods.” Each of Vancouver’s 55 neighbourhoods has a distinct and welcoming personality. Visitors can spend several months in Vancouver and not experience all that this remarkable city has to offer. Vancouver was made for walking, and it is best to explore its diverse neighbourhoods on foot.
Historically, people of English, Irish and Scottish origins were the largest ethnic groups in Vancouver. Elements of British and Irish culture and society are visible in Kerrisdale and South Granville. Today the Chinese are the largest visible ethnic group, with a diverse Chinese-speaking community. Neighbourhoods with distinct ethnic commercial areas include Chinatown, Greektown, Little Italy and the Punjabi Market.
Other Asian ethnic groups include Cambodians, Filipino, Indonesians, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese. The Latin American and black populations of Vancouver are small in comparison to other major Canadian cities. The neighbourhood of Strathcona was once home to a significant black community.
Prior to the 1990s, the largest non-British ethnic groups in the city were Irish and German, followed by Chinese, Italian, Scandinavian and Ukrainian. From the 1950s to 1980s, many Portuguese immigrants came to Vancouver and the city had the third-largest Portuguese population in Canada. Eastern Europeans, including Czechs, Hungarians, Poles, Romanians, Russians and Yugoslavs began immigrating to Vancouver after World War II.
Greek immigration increased from the 1960s to 1970s, with most Greeks settling in the Kitsilano area. Vancouver also has a significant Aboriginal community, and a large gay community in the West End and Yaletown areas.
|The 55 neighbourhoods are as follows:|