Greektown in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is an area in the Kitsilano neighborhood that was historically an enclave of Greek immigrants and their descendants. The term is an informal one, and Greektown’s borders were never strictly defined. However, West Broadway at Trutch Street is generally considered the neighbourhood’s heart. Residents of Vancouver’s west side also refer to Greektown as “Greek West Broadway.
This Greek identity has waned considerably since the area first became a community of exiles during the dictatorship in Greece of the 1960s and early 1970s, and the primary markers of Greektown are St. George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral located at the intersection of Arbutus Street and Valley Drive, the local Athens Social Club, a Greek supermarket, and a higher-than-average concentration of Greek restaurants. There is also a Greek Senior Citizen Society.
St. George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral been noted for its traditional Byzantine Icons. St. George’s Hellenic Community of Vancouver (attached to the Cathedral with the same patron saint), holds every year a Greek Food Festival from October 20 to October 22.
The Hellenic Cultural Festival takes place every June in Kitsilano. The highlight is Greek Day, when Broadway is closed to vehicle traffic between MacDonald and Blenheim for free, family-oriented festivities. The festival is part of an ongoing effort to restore the Greek identity of Greektown.