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Vancouver was founded on the t radit ional ter r itor ies of t he Musqueam, Squamish and TsleilWaututh First Nations. East Vancouver sits between the Burrard inlet and the Fraser River. Historically, East Van is a more affordable area of Vancouver, very diverse in its demographics, but typically home to a lower-income population. The Downtown Eastside is known as Canada’s poorest postal code. However, due to gentrification, East Van’s large and numerous neighbourhoods, the community has a strong and diverse identity. Young families, students and many active ethnic populations make up this vibrant community.
There are a few key areas that make up East Vancouver: Hastings Street, Victoria Drive, Main Street, Commercial Drive and Kingsway. Each area offers a diverse experience, ranging from artistic celebrations and festivals, traditional pow wows, farmers’ markets, gender-identity celebrations and South-Asian markets. Running through East Van’s neighbourhoods, you definitely get the feel of its history and cultural, artistic and ethnic diversity.