Kensington-Cedar Cottage lies between Fraser and Nanaimo Streets and Broadway and 41st Avenue on Vancouver’s east side. The area has traditionally been made up of the working class, but has not been immune to the ever increasing house prices. The demographic has shifted in recent years toward a growing middle class population.
The settlement origins of the area begin in 1888, when Arthur Wilson purchased 35 acres of land to begin a nursery. Wilson named his new enterprise Cedar Cottage Nursery, an ode to his newly constructed cottage and the grove of Cedar Trees that sat on his land.
Today Cedar Cottage is one of the most ethnically diverse areas of the city, clearly displayed in areas such as Little Saigon and The Drive. The most unique element of the neighborhood is Trout Lake located in the 27 hectare John Hendry Park. This park and lake are well used year round, but come into their element in the summer when there are lifeguards on duty and the extensive farmers’ market is in full swing.