Coal Harbour is a growing upscale community that started its residential redevelopment in the 1990’s. It is composed of three neighbourhoods; Marathon Land, Bayshore Garden and Triangle West. It is a beautiful waterfront walkway with a mixture of residential, office, retail, and hotel space with new developments continuing to appear. Coal Harbour goes from the financial district directly to Stanley Park and English Bay. The northwestern section features private marinas, several rowing and boating clubs and a community centre.
Yaletown was formerly a heavy industrial area dominated by warehouses and rail yards, since the Expo 86 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 are significant. This neighbourhood is a hub of activity with great walkability and all amenities within a 1-2 block radius. Yaletown also has no shortage of transport options as you have the Aquabus, SkyTrain,community shuttles and buses all close by.
Vancouver’s downtown was renamed from Gastown to “Vancouver” and incorporated as a city in 1886. The core has been overlaid by residential condos towers over the past generation, providing social and cultural amenities to accompany the redevelopment. Vancouver’s downtown while still dominated by commercial functions is also home to famous Robson Street, known for its shopping. The estimated population of Vancouver in 2014 is 610,000, which makes it the 8th largest city in Canada.
The West End is a gorgeous tree line community, boarded by Downtown core business and financial districts, Stanley Park and English Bay. With traffic calmed streets punctuated by concrete islands, sidewalk barricades, mini-parks and many residential heritage buildings you see a lot of people walking and riding bikes.
False Creek is where the Olympic Village was built for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, to house athletes and Olympic officials coming from across the world and is now transformed into residential housing with all amenities. This area is a mixed-use community made up of area parks, a growing number of retail and service outlets but the primary focus is on residential units. The area has an approx. population of 11,000–13,000 people. The Olympic Village in False Creek is listed as one of the greenest communities in the world.
Point Grey is one of Vancouver’s older neighbourhoods, with many long-time residents. The area is known for two of the city’s popular beaches, Jericho Beach and Spanish Banks. Both beaches are great for watching the sunset, over English Bay and the mountains.
Shaughnessy is largely residential, with a higher-than-average proportion of heritage houses from the first half of last century. Several major arteries and the Canada Line subway serve this otherwise serene area. Local residents enjoy shopping areas in Arbutus to the west and Cambie Village to the northeast. The eastern side of this area has two hospitals and the gorgeous VanDusen Botanical Garden. Shaughnessy is the city’s geographic heart, between Queen Elizabeth Park and Arbutus.
West Vancouver is mainly a residential district as many residents are retired, work at home, or take the short commute to downtown Vancouver. A 25-block strip of Marine Drive serves as a commercial district, featuring shops, small offices, garages and gas stations, restaurants, banks, and other common amenities. This area is commonly known as ‘Ambleside’, with a one-block section separated from that area known as ‘Dundarave’. West Vancouver is also home to Park Royal Shopping Centre, Canada’s first mall. Opened in the 1950s, it now consumes 2 km of both sides of Marine Drive near North Vancouver, and is home to several department stores and large retailers, as well as many small retailers. Park Royal is also the largest mall on the North Shore, and is a bus terminal for Blue Bus and North Vancouver TransLink buses.
Framed by the picturesque North Shore Mountains, North Vancouver offers unprecedented access to nature along with urban comforts.
Try hiking or mountain biking through parks laden with old-growth rainforest. Ski on mountains showcased during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Three local mountains – Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain (in West Vancouver) and Mount Seymour – are the bases for many popular outdoor pursuits found on “The Shore.”
Wander through Lonsdale Quay, the waterfront heartbeat of North Vancouver, or shop for First Nations art at local galleries, followed by dining on homegrown specialties like alder-grilled salmon and microbrewery beer. It’s possible to do all these things in one day.
Most North Vancouver attractions are just a 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver across the Lions Gate Bridge or the Second Narrows Bridge. The North Shore (also encompassing wealthy neighbouring West Vancouver) is home to nearly 180,000 active, green-minded citizens.