Wednesday, April 15, 2015
1884 was the year of the final railway settlement. The Dominion government had withdrawn its reserve from Burrard Inlet lands below Port Moody. The new premier of British Columbia, conferred with William Van Horne of the CPR earlier in the year and they had arranged a settlement where the federal reserve was replaced with a provincial one.
Van Horne formally opened negotiations with Smithe for extension of the line to Granville. He demanded all reserved lands, with a right-of-way to Kitsilano via False Creek. The terminal docks were to be erected on the present Indian Reserve there. The CPR was asking for a good half of the present peninsula on which metropolitan Vancouver stands.
Six thousand acres of land, comprising all unalienated lots in Granville Townsite not reserved for government offices or schools; most of Shaughnessy Heights and the remainder scattered through the present city. The right-of-way included the north bank of False Creek in part, and the line to Kitsilano. Title of these lands passed to the CPR, but the company was obliged to offer to the occupiers $200 a lot, any land on which individuals had already settled without purchasing.
Hastings Mill lease was extended to 1890, on condition the mill give up 4000 acres at once and 1000 more each year. Large private landholder had to give one-third of the lots in each block they held to the CPR. Almost the entire waterfront from Gore Avenue to Stanley Park was given to the railway.
I hope you find the beauty around you.