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Guide to Vancouver's Top Neighbourhoods

Vancouver is a vibrant city that is often voted as one of the best in the world, simply because it has something for everyone. Surrounded by beautiful natural landscape and a rich history in trade and exploration, the city has an incredible mix of cultures from First Nations, Asian, and European settlers that go back centuries.

Being one of the most important port cities that opened up the country to many different cultures and industries, Vancouver has an incredible variety of neighbourhoods that have unique historical intrigue and appeal.

Gastown

A historical neighbourhood that was once considered Vancouver’s downtown core, Gastown is a unique location that everyone should check out during their trip to the city, especially since it was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada.

Best known for having roots in trade and industry, the district is now home to an eclectic mix of high-end firms, theatres, restaurants, and quirky shops. Throughout the year, visitors will also love to check out the various festivals and shows hosted there.

Yaletown

Once a rough and dirty industrial area of the city, Yaletown is now a bustling neighbourhood that’s packed with cute trendy shops, gourmet restaurants, and lots of entertainment.

Filled with beautiful green space, locals love to walk, run, bike, and skate along the Seawall that connects two major parks in the area. Visitors will also love discovering all of the local art dotted around the area.

Davie Village

A bright and vibrant neighbourhood that lets you enjoy a relaxed atmosphere during the day, Davie Village is also known to burst with high-energy entertainment at night.

Known for having plenty of LGBTQ-friendly shops and bars, the area has something for everyone. From delicious food selections to trendy boutique shops, the area should be experienced by casually exploring every corner of the neighbourhood.

Main Street

One of the best neighbourhoods for socializing and tasting the newest craft beers, Main Street is a hub of cafes and restaurants that each have a unique style. With easy access from East and West Vancouver, it’s about 30 minutes on the train from downtown.

With the iconic Science World sphere located there, visitors will live to explore the area. Also home to the famous Fox Cabaret Theatre, Main Street is the perfect place for dinner and a show.

Chinatown

Known as one of the best and biggest Chinatowns in North America, this neighbourhood is a must-see for all of the historic landmarks, restaurants, and shopping.

Holding one of the top attractions in the city, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Chinatown has the perfect balance of bustling streets and a quiet nature retreat in a traditional Chinese garden.

Lower Lonsdale

A fun neighbourhood that was once a shipyard, Lower Lonsdale has undergone lots of changes since the 1986 Expo rejuvenated the area. Known for its famous Lonsdale Quay Market, you can enjoy delights from dozens of different fresh food vendors.

Often the location for big festivals and shows, everyone in the family can enjoy the views from Q Tower, get interactive down Fun Alley, and admire modern art at Polygone Gallery.

Kitsilano

A classic beachside neighbourhood that offers plenty of relaxation and incredible views. Close to the downtown core, this is the perfect location for outdoor enthusiasts who love to stay active.

A common area for hitting the beaches and taking in the scenery, the neighbourhood also has a great dining and shopping scene. With lots of eco-friendly brands and organic food shops, Kitsilano has a cool relaxed vibe that has made it a desirable location for people of all ages. It’s also a great place to spot some of the celebrities who call it home.

Coal Harbour

A beautiful waterfront neighbourhood with modern condos and a relaxed seaside atmosphere, it’s hard to believe the bustling downtown area is mere minutes away.

Historically a shipyard and train terminus, the area was transformed into a very desirable location for business professionals and families alike. Locals love to stroll along the Seawall and have a quick bite at one of the bars and restaurants along the waterfront.

Kerrisdale

Also known as The Village, Kerrisdale is the shopping neighbourhood, no matter what you may be looking for. With hundreds of options available, this is definitely a shopper’s paradise.

The quaint historical shop fronts, quiet streets, and close proximity to major attractions like the UBC Botanical Garden, Museum of Anthropology, and Chan Centre for the Performing Arts make this the perfect day trip.

West End

Best known for being the gateway to Stanley Park, the picture-perfect West End has a beautiful mix of modern condos, heritage-listed houses, and lots of outdoor space to play all day.

The 2010 Olympic inukshuk is by far the most famous landmark in the area, and also a convenient meeting spot. When visiting the area, make sure to explore Denman Street for food, drinks, and lots of shopping.

Granville Island

Best known for being the arts and culture district of the city, Granville Island is a quick ferry ride from various locations along False Creek. You can even explore the island with a kayak tour.

Perfect for exploring with no real plan in place, the island has a variety of galleries and theatres to check out. When you’re feeling a little hungry, there are also plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy.

Steveston

Steveston is an important part of Vancouver’s history as it was once considered the largest fishing port in the world. Just 30 minutes from downtown, this is a must-see historic district that has deep roots in what has made Vancouver the beautifully diverse city it is today.

A wonderful way to learn about the fishing heritage and see many heritage-listed sites from days of yore. Take a stroll by the marina, grab some fish and chips, and admire the beautiful cherry blossoms near Garry Point Park.

A city by the sea that has something for everyone, Vancouver is a wonderful city for buzzing nightlife, boutique shopping, fine dining, and everything in between.

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