Gastown’s designation as a National Historic Site of Canada will be made official tomorrow when a plaque is unveiled to commemorate the occasion.
The historic area was named a national historic site by the federal government back in 2009.
The plaque unveiling is scheduled for Tuesday morning with Mayor Gregor Robertson and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna expected to take part.
“Gastown was Vancouver and Western Canada’s first economic centre and remains an important historical, cultural and commercial hub for the City on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations,” says Robertson in a statement. “I’m pleased to commemorate the Gastown Historic District with the Government of Canada so residents and visitors can experience the District with a lens into Vancouver’s history, while enjoying the modern and vibrant amenities Gastown has to offer.”
Gastown is the oldest district in Vancouver and has largely been preserved. The district started out as the City of Vancouver and was incorporated in 1886. The province eventually declared it an historic area in 1971 in order to protect the buildings.