A couple decades ago Yaletown was an industrial area with lots of warehouses and offices, particularly for the garment industry.
Back then, K.C.’s Plumbing & Heating’s involvement in the area was decidedly industrial in nature. But that has changed, and in a big way. Of course, Yaletown is now home to thousands of people living in trendy new apartments and renovated warehouses and lofts. That means our Yaletown plumbing work in the area now focuses on residential plumbing and heating, often installing new systems but sometimes having to repair older ones that were left in the former warehouses when they were converted to living spaces.
As with so many other Vancouver areas during the city’s early development more than a hundred years ago, the area we now know as Yaletown was controlled and developed by Canadian Pacific Railway. They took advantage of the City of Vancouver’s offer of a 20-year tax exemption if they relocated their rail yard and repair facility from the town of Yale, 180km east of Vancouver. So CPR moved its locomotive roundhouse and associated operations to the area that became known as Yaletown. We have been called on many times over the years for Vancouver plumbing services in this neighborhood.
This led to a real beehive of activity when the additional rail facilities, lumber yards, factories, wholesaling warehouses and textile production filled the area. In fact, lumber yards dotted the landscape with over a dozen “beehives”: round, conical towers used to burn wood waste by-products that the lumber industry produced.
While some of the fashion and garment industry – along with CPR’s roundhouse – remains in Yaletown, the revitalization that began in the ‘70s has radically altered the area.
Yaletown is now a legitimate neighborhood with thousands of living spaces in old warehouses and new high-rises. There are lots of great restaurants, nightclubs and retail establishments for entertainment. Fabulous views, state-of-the-art amenities and lots of open green space make this downtown neighborhood very attractive.
The roundhouse is now a busy community and recreational center, a vibrant arts center, and one of Vancouver’s most historic of landmarks.
Anyone in Yaletown who needs friendly, expert plumbing and heating service need look no further than Vancouver’s K. C.’s Plumbing & Heating. Commercial or residential, we will take care of you.
By: Jack Japuncic