interesting Historical Fact about "The Drive":
- In 1871 the
Commercial Drive area was owned and clear-cut by the Hastings Sawmill Company.
It was used as a "skid road" to transport logs to the Hastings Sawmill
on Burrard Inlet.
was not until twenty years later that the first lots were sold to Vancouver workers.
The neighbourhood began to boom as British tradesmen and shopkeepers moved into
the area, and the interurban railroad (connecting Vancouver and New Westminster)
was built. One of the main stops was at 1st and Park Drive (later renamed-Commercial
of the earliest residents, proud of his great view of Vancouver city, put up a
sign reading "Grand View", thus the later naming of the area as Grandview/Woodlands.
- By 1912
the centre of Grandview was covered in new homes within walking distance of Commercial
Drive (originally Park Drive), forming a distinct village miles away from Vancouver.
This was a factor in the area's ongoing uniqueness.
World War I, Commercial Drive experienced a large influx of Italian, Chinese and
Eastern European immigrants.
World War II another huge wave of immigrants arrived mostly comprised of Italians
establishing the basis for today's Commercial Drive being dubbed as "little
Italy" for decades.
Commercial Drive continues to maintain its village feel. One of Vancouver's true
melting pots - Commercial Drive offers a diverse mix of people, dinning, shopping
and entertainment. The
perfect place to make Your Home.