Granville Island History-Who What and Why

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Granville Island has a different history than the rest of Vancouver. The CBC has prepared  a short precis of the creation of the island  which also includes three short films. It’s worth taking a look at the link.  The island was built on a former First Nations fishing bank in the 1890’s after the  Granville Street bridge’s completion. Many industrial businesses were housed here until the 1960’s when demand for sawmills started to wane.

“While the city now controlled most of the south False Creek shore, Granville Island was still under federal jurisdiction — and the city preferred to keep it that way, fearing the liability. So the island was transferred to the federal government’s Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to handle the redevelopment.”

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Ron Basford who was the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre championed the development of a mixed use space at this location. As local…

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