On the Run in…

East Van­cou­ver

Canadian Running - - SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2017 - By Holly Ged­dert

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.

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