This is the largest Chinatown in Canada, and the third largest in North America (by population).
The neighbourhood was established in the late 1800s when Chinese immigrants arrived to work the railroads and mines. Immigrants settled in what was then called Shanghai Alley and Canton Alley. Over time, the neighbourhood grew to include markets, temples, gardens, and a business district. Today, Chinatown remains a busy cultural hub with a rich history.
For a local attraction, walk by the Sam Kee Building at 8 Pender Street, the narrowest commercial building in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. This 6 foot wide building sits within a remnant lot that was the result of the Pender Street road widening in 1912. Today, it houses Jack Chow Insurance, which has adopted the slogan "Slender on Pender".