Opportunity for a real sense of community
On the banks of the Fraser River, a rare and unique neighbourhood is taking shape from the ground up. River District is Vancouver’s last waterfront neighbourhood, the result of an in-depth engagement and planning process that brought together the local neighbourhood with experts in urban design, architecture, landscaping and environmental sustainability to plan a neighbourhood like no other. River District is a cohesive, vibrant neighbourhood with all the amenities and attributes you need, from waterfront access, to a public plaza, shopping, restaurants and modern residences – this is a neighbourhood you’ll love to call home.
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River District is the region’s last and most significant waterfront neighbourhood. It expands the amenities and options available in the area, and is closely connected to the rest of Vancouver. When fully realized it will host a range of exceptional amenities, including a community centre, four daycares, and a school, all of which act as vital anchors for a thriving community.
With its location on the shores of the Fraser River, River District offers outstanding opportunities to explore the outdoors. You’ll find your new favourite waterfront walk, with 1.5 kilometres of path connected to the network that continues further west into Vancouver and east into Burnaby. The waterfront is lined with 25 acres of open, public green space, including two sports fields for organized sports or just kicking around the soccer ball on a sunny weekend.
Southeast Vancouver’s past is closely tied to its waterfront. The natural abundance of the river and surrounding pasture brought fishers and farmers. Soon a township sprang up around a growing lumber industry. Eventually, great sawmills— The Dominion, The Canadian White Pine— lined the riverbanks, connected by sea to the wider world, as thousands of workers earned their living here. River District is set to revive the community’s connection with the river as homes, restaurants, shops and community buildings bring new life to the waterfront.
In pre-history, this flatland by the river was the home of bear, cougar and elk. Natural pastureland and coniferous forest stretched all the way to the sea.
Mill workers strike successfully for a 40-hour working week and a raise of 15¢ per hour in 1946.
The mills become unionized in 1939 by the International Woodworkers Association (IWA).
The Dominion Mill saws over 200,000 feet (almost 38 miles) of timber per day.
Pressure-treated wood is ideal for construction and railway ties because it last longer and requires less maintenance.
The area develops as rich agricultural land, including the Rowlings’ cow pasture. Fraserview was originally known as ‘Rowling Heights’.
The Fraser River is named in honour of the Scottish explorer Simon Fraser by his colleague Thompson.
The Musqueam take their name from the m-uh-the-kwi (River Grass) on the banks of the Fraser.