... that many German tradesmen came to Vancouver during the 19th century?
The first settlers of western Canada arrived in British Columbia in the search for gold. Discovering the uncertainties of this vocation, many of them turned over to trade and business. A German called Gustav-Konstantin from Alvensleben tried his luck in Vancouver and became extremely successful. David Oppenheimer even made it into the municipal council of Vancouver, together with his brother. And so, these personalities left their traces in the cityscape throughout Canada. Even a credit union derives from a German concept.
This centre for further education on Holocaust studies was founded by survivors in Vancouver as a permanent institution in 1994.
Over 120 years ago, Gustav Roedde had this house in Barclay Street built for his family in Vancouver’s modern-day West End. This magnificent building from Victorian times can be found right next to the beautiful Barclay Heritage Square Park.
In 1943, the Edelweiss Credit Union of Vancouver was founded on the guiding principle of self-help by Michael Bach. Historically, the idea of credit unions can be traced back to the co-operative rural Raiffeisenbanken and urban Volksbanken, which originated in the mid-19th century in Germany and quickly spread to other European countries.
The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside doesn’t look all that spectacular at first glance. It had been built for the German Oppenheimer brothers for their grocery wholesale business in the 19th century.
In Port Kells (British Columbia/BC), there is a house on the corner of 96 Ave. and 192 St. that is truly steeped in history. The today's pub was originally the estate of a German baron.
In the first decade of the previous century, Germans had a determining influence on life in British Columbia. Immigrants streamed to Vancouver to try their luck. Among them, Gustav Konstantin von Alvensleben (Alvo von Alvensleben for short) made his way to Canada.