In recent years, the coastal city of Vancouver has attracted thousands of Irish citizens to its shores.
While contemporary Vancouver is more noted for absorbing immigrants from around the world, particularly Asia, the city still attracts many Irish nationals, many of whom arrive on working holiday and IEC visas.
Attracted by a buoyant and growing economy, mild climate, and excellent quality of life, the Irish in Vancouver have successfully integrated with Canadians and migrants from other lands while remaining true to their roots by forming many diverse organisations and associations.
The Irish in Vancouver form a welcoming expat community. We have compiled a short list of useful links and contacts for Irish people residing in Vancouver. Other links relevant to the whole of Canada can be found here.
If you’re interested in driving in Vancouver, the good news is that British Columbia has recently begun exchanging driving licences from Ireland, without the need to do a driving test in most cases. Find out how here.
We also highly recommend you keep up-to-date with latest immigration developments – as anyone will tell you, changes happen regularly that can affect your move.
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Please get in touch with us if you have any suggestions for making this list more comprehensive and useful for the Irish in Vancouver.
Irish in Vancouver — Useful links
Formed in 1974 with the aim of bringing the local Irish community together socially and to promote the games of Gaelic football, hurling and camogie. The club is a blend of Irish immigrants, second generation Irish descendants, Canadians and other nationalities. The ISSC continues to promote and support Irish cultural and sporting events in Greater Vancouver, and is always welcoming new members. Email: [email protected]
VIBE Vancouver (Vancouver Irish Business and Enterprise)
A business networking group offering newcomers a useful opportunity to network with Irish-friendly businesses and meet new people. Please visit their website to keep up to date on events and how to meet business-minded Irish people in Vancouver.
Provides women of Irish descent in British Columbia with opportunities for conversation, networking and mutual support by coordinating events, encouraging local gatherings based on similar interests, and by connecting women in BC through email, Facebook and Twitter. The IWN also promotes opportunities for involvement and engagement within the Irish community and fundraises for various local and international charities.
A monthly newspaper for the Irish community in Western Canada. Published in Vancouver, it has a strong focus on issues relating to the Irish in Vancouver.
Celebrates, nurtures and preserves the contribution of Irish and Celtic heritage within the cultural mosaic of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Canada.
Designed to serve as a portal to other sites and information about Irish organizations, interest groups and events in Lower BC. See also their Facebook page.
For those of you missing Cadbury’s chocolate, Barry’s or Lyons tea, and Tayto crisps.
Hosts traditional communal Irish dancing evenings.
A highly-organised group of soccer fanatics who meet up to watch every Republic of Ireland match. Members must get out of bed early on match days and be suckers for punishment.
An Irish supporters group of Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who compete in Major League Soccer.
Traditional Irish music
If you’re longing for some drop-in sessions, there are plenty around town. Everyone welcome!
Sunday: Johnny Fox’s Pub on Granville St. Starts at 6.30 p.m.
Tuesday: Dentry’s Irish Grill and Pub at 10th and Trimble. Starts at 8.30 p.m.
Replacing your passport
Although you can apply by post to get the forms by sending a SAE, we have been advised of serious delays in this process. We highly recommend that you collect the forms in person or send someone on your behalf.
Consulate of Ireland, Vancouver, British Columbia
210 – 837 Beatty Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
If you’re having difficulty reaching the office of the Honorary Irish Consul, you can alternatively contact the Presidents of the Irish Women’s Network or the Irish Heritage Society of BC, to not only provide forms but to witness the photos as well.
To book an appointment for witnessing the photos, use the email addresses below.
Irish Heritage Society of Canada
Phone: 604 948 2885
Email: [email protected]
Irish Women’s Network of BC
E-mail: [email protected]
The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs also has contact details and guidance for BC, and Canada in general, on this page.
For those who require a passport as part of their IEC visa application, the Irish Embassy in Ottawa offers an express processing service.
Family or friends coming to visit you?
Helen Kelly writes:
“I moved to Vancouver 30 years ago. I own a Bed and Breakfast in Vancouver called The Auld Dublin B&B. It’s in a very central area and I would like to share my information with any Irish people who are planning on coming here.
“If you are looking for short-term accommodation while you are searching for a permanent place to live, I would be happy to offer my Irish brethren a discounted rate to help them in their first few days or weeks when they first arrive. Our website is The Auld Dublin B&B, and my email is [email protected]”
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