The Downtown Eastside is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Vancouver and is home to many historical locations such as Chinatown, Gastown and Oppenheimer Park (formerly Japantown). The Patricia Cafe & Patricia Hotel became a part of the history in downtown Vancouver starting in 1914 which, is the same year our former hockey team “The Vancouver Millionaires” started the season that won them the glorious Stanley cup. Downtown Vancouver is known as a primary tourist spot full of life and it’s not hard to see why. With all of the tourism shops, foreign foods, and fantastic communities it’s no wonder Vancouver is considered one of the top travel locations in the world.
The streets in the Downtown Eastside are full of history but there is also a lot of great history packed in the West End of Vancouver (Western Downtown). Just like all of Vancouver the West End was originally nothing more than forested wild. In 1862 the land was purchased by just three men known as the “Three Greenhorns” owing to the belief that these men paid too much for the remote land. Their original intent to mine for porcelain clays was scrapped when they discovered the grade of clay was not of a fine enough grade to produce porcelain. They eventually sold off a large portion of the land and later, with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway was used to establish The West End as Vancouver’s first upscale neighborhood. So if you’re interested in diving into the history of Downtown Vancouver there’s no better place to stay for a great price than the Patricia Hotel.
Author: Lauren Martineau