Powell St. parade route for royal visit, 1939

Powell Street, Vancouver

A vibrant community

In the 1920s the community grew. Neighbourhood businesses prospered, there was plenty of work and many renters became property owners. Churches, schools and clubs flourished. Through the 1930s hard times, nisei helped support their families. By 1941 the Powell Street hub was home to nearly half of 22,000 Nikkei in Canada.


View of parade route heading east along the 400 block of Powell Street, to celebrate the royal visit in 1939. Gift of Shoji Nishihata. Japanese Canadian National Museum.