About 10 officers showed up to force the crowd into a single-file line more than 200 metres long at around 4 a.m. PT. Most iPhone enthusiasts fell back in line after police used a megaphone to control the crowd.
Line-ups also stretched along sidewalks outside stores in downtown Vancouver and Richmond.
Like many new Apple products, the phone has been selling out within minutes of stores opening across Canada.
At a store in Toronto’s Eaton Centre, the iPhone Plus, the larger-screen model, was sold out by 7 a.m. ET and Apple was only able to take orders.
Apple Inc. said it received a record four million first-day preorders of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning many customers will have to wait until October for their new phones.