KC’s Plumbing and Heating has long been pleased with the strong and loyal customer base we have in the Marpole area. It has seen a tremendous period of development starting in the 1960s and today many of those older homes are being upgraded with our help.
Our team of Marpole plumbers and heating technicians are frequently in Marpole, upgrading old plumbing systems and installing new, high-efficiency furnaces and radiant heating systems in the older homes that still represent somewhat of a bargain considering how close they are to downtown Vancouver.
Established in the 1860s and originally called Eburne Station, the community was separated from Vancouver by dense forest. That changed when the BC Interurban trains and the Lulu railway connected Marpole with Vancouver in the early 1900s.
The community then became a major industrial area and was renamed for Richard Marpole, who was superintendent of Canadian Pacific Railways. In 1929, Marpole was amalgamated with the city of Vancouver, and new homes began to pop up along Granville Street, the main thoroughfare connecting the two cities.
When the Oak Street Bridge opened in 1957, many businesses relocated out of Marpole and the area was subsequently rezoned for low-rise walk-up apartment buildings, so many of which still offer relatively inexpensive accommodation today. In 1975, another bridge – the Arthur Laing – increased traffic to Granville Street and reinvigorated the business community, in part due to the new and easy access to the Vancouver International Airport.
Granville Street in Marpole is now a flourishing commerce hub where local small businesses thrive alongside coffee bars. It’s a nice place for a walk and the springtime flowering of the thousands of cherry trees amongst the walk-ups east of Granville are an amazing view. Many of these streets become a pink or white canopy of cherry blossoms in spring.
Many Marpole locals call us for their Vancouver plumbers needs. We’ve become a well known name in the area.
Marpole has also become a hub of independent schools. The Daisy Academy Montessori School, Glen Eden School, St. Anthony of Padua school and the Vancouver Hebrew Academy offer a variety of educational options for the children of the many young professionals who have been moving into the area.
By: Jack Japuncic