Local Vancouver Neighbourhoods
KITSILANOBordered to the North by the stunning Kitsilano Beach, Kitsilano is one of the most desirable areas in Vancouver. The area runs South to 16th Avenue and spans an area East-West from Burrard Street to Alma Street. Walking distance to the downtown core, delightful Granville Island, a variety of parks and beaches, and so much more, Kitsilano is an ideal location for those striving to achieve that delicate balance between work and play. If you are looking for that laid back Westcoast attitude that Vancouver is famous for, you will find it here!
Kitsilano is a haven for great shopping, wonderful restaurants and fantastic people watching. West 4th Avenue is the highlight of the Kits shopping and dining experience, especially the area stretching from Burrard Street to Balsam Street. Here you will find high end Yoga wear stores (Kits was the birthplace of Lululemon after all) mixed in with consignment stores galore. Dog bakeries, baby shops and organic food stores line the streets, as do coffee shops, pubs and fine cuisine. It is an eclectic mix of upscale urban and retro chic.
Kitsilano Beach is easily one of the most visited places in Vancouver during the summer time, especially by locals. With a large beach, pool, tennis courts, a dog park, playground, basketball courts, Watermark restaurant, a maritime museum and a conservatory, there are plenty of attractions. Kits Beach is also one of the best people watching locales in the city.
POINT GREYPoint Grey is bordered by 16th Avenue to the south, Alma Street to the east, English Bay to the north, and Blanca Street to the west. North of West 4th Avenue, the area slopes steeply downhill where it meets English Bay at Jericho, Beach, Locarno Beach and the Spanish Banks. With its close proximity to the University of British Columbia and stunning water views offered in many spots, in it no wonder that real estate prices in Point Grey are amongst the highest across Canada. Point Grey is named after Captain George Grey, a friend of Captain George Vancouver.
The trio of beaches, Jericho, Locarno and Spanish Banks, that runs along the northern boundary of Point Grey are a huge attraction for Vancouverites year round. Connected by a series of gravel paths, walkers, joggers and cyclists flock to what has to be one of the most scenic backdrops the city has to offer. In the summer, family bbq’s and volleyball leagues join in on the fun. A large off-leash dog park is also a big draw for the locals.
The main commercial strip with shops and restaurants is along West 10th Avenue between Tolmie Street and Discovery Street. Here you will find boutique and designer shops, as well as some fabulous restaurants. Catering to both the nearby university crowd and the more affluent home owners in the area, you will find a fascinating diversity in the neighbourhood.
Fairview runs from 16th Avenue in the south, to Burrard Street in the west, to Cambie Street in the east, and to False Creek in the north. It is an important commercial and employment centre focused around Vancouver General Hospital and other health-related institutions, including the BC Cancer Agency, BC Cancer Research Centre, and the BC Centre for Disease Control. Fairview slopes, which runs North from Broadway down towards False Creek, offers spectacular city and water view from many homes and it central to almost all the Vancouver has to offer.
The South Granville area that runs from 6th Avenue to 16th Avenue is a shopper’s dream. With high-end boutiques, contemporary art galleries and modern furniture stores, it is easy to spend an afternoon walking these streets. Chances are you will probably end up taking something home as well!
The newly completed Cambie corridor offers easy access to big box stores such as Home Depot, Best Buy, Canadian Tire and Home Sense, as well as Save-On-Foods and Whole Foods. With the soon to be running Canada line skytrain station here as well, both downtown and the Airport are easy commutes.
The downtown core of Vancouver is vibrant and exciting area comprised of three main neighbourhoods. The ever trendy Yaletown, the high-end residential area that is Coal Harbour and the character filled West End.
Yaletown is an area of downtown Vancouver approximately bordered by False Creek, Robson, and Homer Streets. Formerly a heavy industrial area dominated by warehouses and rail yards, since the 1986 World's Fair, it has been transformed into one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in the city. The marinas, parks, high rise apartment blocks, and converted heritage buildings constitute a significant urban regeneration project. Today, Yaletown is a mecca for fashionable shops and restaurants, and is easily the most popular neighbourhood in Vancouver to see and be seen.
Coal Harbour is the name for a section of Burrard Inlet lying between Vancouver, Canada's downtown peninsula and the Brockton Peninsula of Stanley Park. It is also in recent years the name of the neighbourhood adjacent to its southern shoreline, which was redeveloped as an upscale high-rise condominium district in the 1990s. The harbour is bounded by the Financial District to the south and Stanley Park to the north. To the east is Deadman's Island, the site of the naval station/museum HMCS Discovery, where the harbour opens up to the Burrard Inlet. The discovery of coal in the harbour in 1862 inspired the name.
The West End neighbours Stanley Park and the areas of Yaletown, Coal Harbour and the downtown financial and central business districts. The definition of the "official neighbourhood" of the West End, according to the city, is the area west of Burrard Street, east of Denman Street, and south of West Georgia Street. Historically the term originated and remains used by Vancouverites to refer to everything from Burrard Street to Stanley Park, including the Stanley Park Neighbourhood west of Denman Street and the Coal Harbour Neighbourhood.
The Cambie neighbourhood spans East-West from Oak Street to Ontario St (the diving line between West and East Vancouver), and North-South from 41st Avenue to 16th Avenue. It contains the stunning Queen Elizabeth Park, Hillcrest Park (home to Nat Bailey Stadium - home of the Vancouver Canadians baseball team) and Douglas Park. With excellent schools and superb park facilities, plus the addition of the Canada Line skytrain route, the Cambie neighbourhood is very populer with young families.
Without a doubt, the parks are what make the neighbourhood here. Queen Elizabeth Park is one the attractions of Vancouver, with its breath-taking city views, the Bloedel Floral Conservatory, the Arboretum, Quarry Gardens, the Dancing Fountain, fine dining, executive golf course, tennis courts and more. Nearby Hillcrest Park houses Nat Bailey Stadium, home to the Vancouver Canadians baseball team, as well as the nearby Olympic Curling Rink. The smaller, but frequently used, Douglas Park houses the community centre as well as a variety of sports fields.
The nearby VanDusen Gardens is also work a look. This spectacular garden in the heart of Vancouver has matured into a botanical garden of international stature since opening to the public in 1975. The mild Vancouver climate allows the cultivation of an outstanding plant collection which is a delight any time of the year. There are over 7,500 different kinds of plants assembled from six continents.
Mount Pleasant stretches from Cambie Street to Clark Drive and from Great Northern Way and 2nd, to 16th and Kingsway. The neighbourhood, once characterized as working class, has undergone a process of gentrification since the early 1990s, especially the area around the Main Street and Broadway intersection that is increasingly becoming known as South Main, or SoMa. Vancouver City Hall is also located in Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant is known as one of the more up and coming neighbourhoods, especially in the communities surrounding Vancouver's downtown peninsula. Many first time homeowners and young professionals, as well as a growing number of families, call Mount Pleasant home, which leads to the neighbourhood's vibrant and diverse nature.
The stretch of Main Street that runs from Broadway to 16th Avenue is home to some of the trendy restaurants and shops in Vancouver. An ecclectic mix to say the least, you can fnd almost anything here. - From hole in the wall diners to upscale eateries, traditional pubs to modern martini lounges. There are also some fantastic furniture stores and consigment shopping if you extend your travels both North and South along Main Street.
The Grandview neighbourhood (most often referred to as Commercial Drive - the most popular street within this area)runs from the south shore of busy Burrard Inlet south to Broadway, one of the city's major east-west roads. The western border of the neighbourhood is Clark Drive, the eastern Nanaimo Street. It is a busy area for transportation, with Hastings Street and First Avenue both cutting through the neighbourhood, while Victoria Drive and Commercial Drive both run north-south through the area. It is a mature neighbourhood in Vancouver that is a vibrant mixture of commercial, industrial, single-family and multi-family residential with a rich ethnic history and features. Much of the neighbourhood is built on the rise that stretches east-west through the eastern portion of Vancouver, making for views across the city proper and the inlet.
Known locally as The Drive, Commercial Drive is the undeniable draw of this neighbourhood, with a mix of residential-commercial area with a high proportion of ethnic and vegetarian restaurants, businesses, and public housing. A street packed with small shops, it has been a key part of the commercial landscape in Vancouver for nearly a century for its ethnic diversity and the uniqueness of shops that populate it. Commercial Drive has a large number of local ethnic stores and community groups, Edwardian-style heritage buildings, European-style cafes, bars, and alternative shops and entertainment venues. It has been the destination for generations of immigrants to Vancouver and has significant Asian, European, Latin-American, East Indian, and African communities. As of the Canada 2001 census, English is a minority language in Grandview Woodlands, though still the most common. The area has low property prices compared to the westside of Vancouver, yet has good city services and is a local transit hub.