Neighbourhoods of Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver is the central business district of Vancouver. Major corporations house offices in skyscrapers, with notable and popular entertainment venues and eateries mixed in. Unlike many urban cores, Downtown Vancouver is home to hundreds of thousands who live in high-rise condo towers making for a vibrant, fun and safe area for you to explore.

West End is a mixed commercial and residential area. It is home to the city's gay community and boasts beaches and a large chunk of the magnificent Seawall.

Yaletown is the heritage area of the city. Formerly home to the city's warehouses, the area has been revitalized with commercial and residential developments.

Gastown is another heritage area of the city. Some streets are still cobblestone. Tourists will love the shops, restaurants and the Gastown Steam Clock.

Chinatown is where many Chinese immigrants established their homes and businesses when they first moved to Vancouver. Many remain today, but the rest of the world is discovering the diverse shopping and hidden restaurant gems.

Granville Island/Fairview is a touristy area of the city. The public market is home to eclectic shops, eateries, galleries and attractions.

Kitsilano is a beachside community straight out of a beer commercial. It’s also the birthplace of Greenpeace and home to great shopping for skiers, boarders or outdoorsy types.

West Point Grey is home to the University of British Columbia, as well as some of the most spectacular (and expensive) houses in the country.

Commercial Drive is one of Vancouver's multicultural areas, with bohemian shops rubbing elbows with authentic Italian cafes.

Main Street is home to the city's vintage and antiques shops, as well as a new crop of amazing restaurants. It’s a wonderful neighbourhood where hipsters shop alongside soccer moms. Queen Elizabeth Park is found here, a lesser-known urban gem that is also the city's highest point.

Kerrisdale is a quiet and affluent area of the city, with high-end shops, trendy boutiques and fancy-schmancy restaurants. Also, winding, leafy streets with spectacular mansions.

Victoria-Fraserview is home to many of the city’s Punjabi residents. That means great restaurants and unique shops. The area has fantastic views of the Fraser River and mountains. 

Richmond is home to many Asian Canadians, and boasts some of the best Chinese food you’ll find outside Hong Kong or Shanghai. It’s also home to the River Rock Casino.

Burnaby is a quiet, leafy suburb that borders Vancouver’s east boundary. It’s home to Metrotown, one of Canada’s largest malls, as well as Simon Fraser University.

North Vancouver is separated from Vancouver by Burrard Inlet. The city is built at the foot of the North Shore Mountains, making it a mecca for outdoor adventures from hiking to mountain biking to snowshoeing. It’s accessible by the venerable Lion’s Gate Bridge or via the SeaBus.

West Vancouver is next to North Vancouver. It’s one of Canada’s most affluent communities, with multi-million dollar mansions that have to be seen to be believed.

Surrey is one of Canada’s fastest growing cities and is a progressive, multi-cultural community. It’s connected to Vancouver to by rapid transit via the SkyTrain.