Vancouver Westend

Vancouver Downtown
Vancouver downtown over a century ago was a collection of a few blocks of buildings known today as Gastown. This location on Burrard Inlet was competing to be the west coast hub of the Canadian Pacific Railway. By 1887, a year after the City of Vancouver was incorporated, the first passenger train arrived at the foot of Howe Street, and the future growth of the Downtown sector was inevitable.  A series of growth booms between 1890-1920 began to move the city centre from Water and Cordova Streets up to Georgia and Granville Street.  It was not until the 1970's that rapid growth re-emerged in the Downtown and adjacent areas such as the West End.  Vancouver solidified its position as an international business and financial centre multiplying white collar jobs in the city core.  In the late 1980s, the Downtown sector was in clear transition from a precinct dedicated mostly to commerce, to a cluster of neighbourhoods ringing a thriving office and shopping district. Council adoption of the Central Area Plan in late 1991 confirmed this direction by establishing overall goals and land use policy for Downtown. 

Today, the Downtown residential neighbourhoods are modern, high rise, high density living.  Every allowable part of downtown is being taken over by tower complexes that are residential, commercial or mixed use maximizing density with fancy names and price tags. The neighborhoods in downtown include Coal Harbour and Bayshore in the north-west, Gastown in the north-east, and Pacific Concord and Yaletown neighbourhoods to the south. Unlike many cities, Vancouver retains its buzz long after commuters have gone home because people still live in the heart of the city and if you want to embrace metropolitan life, 24/7, nothing beats the Downtown lifestyle. 

The main shopping strips are spread in clusters throughout downtown.  There are three notables one of which is the infamous Robson Street which Downtown shares with the West End.
  Here you will find a wide mix of restaurants, cafes, lounges, hotels and mainstream fashion. The second is the edgy Granville Street between Drake and West Cordova Street.  Along this stretch you will find a wide range of small eateries, cafes, clubs, bars, lounges, specialty retail stores, department stores and Pacific Centre Mall.  The third is the hip and trendy neighbourhood of Yaletown which is comprised of a 7 block area bound by Nelson, Homer and Drake Street along with Pacific Boulevard.  Yaletown is home to some of Vancouver's best restaurants, bars, lounges and chichi boutiques. 

Kevin Wong - Vancouver downtown img

Boundaries of Downtown:
  • Burrard Street to the west
  • Cambie Street Bridge (Foot) to the east
  • Burrard Inlet to the north
  • False Creek to the south
  • Stanley Park
  • Devonian Harbour Park
  • Harbour Green Park
  • Emery Barnes Park
  • David Lam Park
  • George Wainborn Park
  • Coopers Park
  • Pacific Centre Mall
  • Vancouver Central Public Library
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts
  • The Orpheum
  • The Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • The Vancouver Playhouse
  • Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
  • Robson Square
  • Victory Square
  • Vancouver Cathedral
  • Vancouver Convention Centre
  • Canada Place
  • BC Place Stadium
  • Rogers Arena
  • Pattison High School - 981 Nelson Street   604.608.8788
Census Population:
  • 43,415
Age Groups:
  • 10% - 19 and under
  • 48% - 20 to 39
  • 34% - 40 to 64
  • 9%   - 65 and over
Type of Dwelling:
  • 89% -Apartment 5 or more storey's
  • 8%   -Apartment under 5 storey's
  • 2%   -Row house
Rented Dwellings:
  • 67%
Predominant Household Language:
  • 56% -English
  • 14% -Chinese
  • 4%   -Farsi (Persian)
  • 3%   -Korean
  • 3%   -French
  • 2%   -Spanish
  • 2%   -Japanese
Average Household Income:
  • $44,218
To learn more about the neighbourhood and the history visit Downtown.

All community statistics stated above is based on the Census Data published by Statistics Canada (2006)
All Average home prices stated above based on data provided by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver