The list does not claim to be a comprehensive inventory of major business events in the history of the province, but it’s a reckoning of some of the key ingredients that have guided economic development and inspired frontier enterprise in Canada’s westernmost province.1 1867: John “Gassy Jack” Deighton opens the Globe Saloon south of Burrard Inlet to serve drinks to Hastings Mill workers. C.’s massive debt and promises to build a railway from Montreal to the Pacific coast within 10 years.In 1963 it is sold to Charles Flavelle and Eric Wilson.
27 1910: The Dominion Building, Vancouver’s first skyscraper, is built at Hastings and Cambie streets. According to Statistics Canada, proportions of interprovincial migrants are also high in Saskatchewan (57.9%) and Alberta (54%). 36 1914: Three hundred seventy-six passengers aboard the Komagata Maru from British-ruled Punjab try to immigrate to Canada, but only 24 are allowed entry; the vessel is forced to return to India.
There are also 8,000 Japanese and approximatley 5,000 South Asians.
25 1909: An explosion at a Ladysmith coal mine kills 32 people.
2 1868: Vancouver Island Coal Mining Co.’s annual production rises to 44,000 tons as Vancouver Island’s coal mining industry, now almost two decades old, becomes increasingly competitive. 5 1874: The federal government builds the Point Atkinson lighthouse in West Vancouver as a gift to British Columbia for joining the federation. It represented the trade and business interests of merchants and manufacturers.
It’s the first lighthouse on the province’s mainland. As part of an agreement that brought the colony of Vancouver Island and the rest of British Columbia into the Dominion of Canada, the government of Canada grants 800,000 acres of land on Vancouver Island to coal baron Robert Dunsmuir to build the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway. Potlatch is a gift-giving feast practised by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest coast of Canada and the United States, including the Heiltsuk, Haida, Nuxalk, Tlingit, Makah, Tsimshian, Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish. It does the same 130 years on as the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.