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Drive History

Then ...

During the 1870s and '80s, Commercial Drive was a skid road that supplied logs to the Hastings Sawmill on Burrard Inlet. The neighbourhood boomed with British tradesmen and shopkeepers towards the turn of the century, when the interurban railroad, which connected Vancouver to New Westminster, was built.

Following WW1, we saw a big influx of Italian, Chinese and Eastern European immigrants. Then, following WW2, a huge wave of Italian immigrants established the basis for today's Commercial Drive, which was called "Little Italy" for decades

Today, it is one of the most vibrant urban villages in North America. Here you'll find the most diverse mix of people, dining, shopping and entertainment that Vancouver has to offer. read more


... and Now

53+ Winners in the Neighbourhood!

Thank you, Vancouver! Commercial Drive is a hit (again!) with the Georgia Straight's Best of Vancouver 2012! read more