Vancouver's Chinatown Historic Area

Vancouver’s Chinatown was recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada in July 2011. It is one  of the oldest and largest Chinatowns in the country, it is characterized by a distinctive “recessed balcony” style of architecture, and is one of the earliest established communities of Vancouver while remaining a vital element of the physical and cultural history of the city.  It is also recognized provincially. Redevelopment in the Chinatown Historic Area  is regulated  by the City of Vancouver.   Design guidelines ensure that new development in the protected area is compatible with the area character.


Sources and further reading...

Canada's Historic Places

Chinatown National Designation Application 2009

Chinatown Provincial Recognition 2016

City of Vancouver Heritage Area Protections

Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Area

Vancouver Chinatown Foundation

National Trust, Vancouver's Chinatown Top 10 Endangered 2016


A Potential Chinatown Heritage District in Calgary