With a strong geographic and community identity, East Vancouver offers some interesting events and sights.
Historically, East Vancouver has been the first home for many immigrants since the 1880s. It was also a more affordable area and traditionally the home for many lower-income workers and artists. While Vancouver's West Side is characterized by higher-value properties, less historical industrial development and less ethnic diversity, the East Side is best summarized by its diversity – in family income, land use, ethnicity and mother tongue. The rapid increase in housing prices and gentrification may be affecting diversity of the area.