“Queensborough is a distinctive and historic community that reflects its enduring relationship with the Fraser River in its character and economy.”
— The Queensborough Community Vision
Historically, Queensborough has been a quiet corner of the world. But what was once a small settlement of 200 people, is now a thriving community.
Before it was a part of the Royal City, Queensborough was a military reserve. When New Westminster acquired the land in 1889, the area started to draw settlement. Fertile and inexpensive lots made Queensborough an ideal choice for immigrants to the country. These circumstances contributed to the uniquely diverse and close-knit community we see today!
The industrial activity generated by World War I and II had a big part to play in Queensborough’s growth. The opening of several factories including the Canadian Pacific Airplane plant and Mercer’s Starshipyards drew workers and their families to the area triggering the population boom.
Queensborough Landing Shopping Centre, built in 2003, has also played a part in the growth of the community. Along with providing residents a place to shop locally, this unique destination draws visitors from all over the lower mainland. As the neighbourhood continues to thrive, Queensborough Landing Shopping Centre continues to support that growth by providing a wealth of employment and business opportunities.
Today, Queensborough retains its charm and remains true to its roots. A beautiful representation of the multi-culturalism that defines Vancouver, Queensborough’s storied history is worth recalling on this Remembrance Day.