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Neighbourhood Guide

Coal Harbour

Occupying a gorgeous stretch of waterfront between downtown and Stanley Park, Coal Harbour is known for its glittering glass towers, hotels, and MIA residents (for many, this is their second or third home)

By published Jul 22, 2011

South Main

House prices have declined across the city, but this neighbourhood—still trendy, still gentrifying—seems immune. And no wonder: it offers a rare mix of independent cafés, eclectic antique stores, and boutiques showcasing local designers and European labels

By published Jul 18, 2011

Granville Island

The city’s most-loved public space and top tourist draw packs old tin-sided buildings, a top arts university, studios, and a public market onto a manmade island overlooking downtown

By published Jul 15, 2011


After Expo 86, pavilion sites gave way to condos, warehouses converted into lofts, and loading docks became destinations for beauty services and popular mid-tier restaurants

By published Jul 14, 2011

Downtown Vancouver

Luxury retail brands (all the heavyweights are here) and glittery new condo-hotel hybrids dot the landscape of downtown, but there are still signs of vintage Vancouver: casualwear in the business district and North Shore mountains visible beyond the glass towers

By published Jul 13, 2011

Cambie Village

Construction of the Canada Line subway down Cambie Street has wrapped, leaving behind an attractive new streetscape and a number of new, locally focussed businesses and amenities. This is a neighbourhood on the verge

By published Jun 1, 2009

Commercial Drive

Cheap eats, vintage clothing boutiques, and...hemp-inspired record stores? Quirky's the thing on the Drive, a vibrant 'hood composed of equal parts Italians, hippies, and young families

By published Jun 1, 2009

West Point Grey

Beautiful homes, driftwood-strewn beaches, and sweeping views of English Bay make this one of Vancouver’s most exclusive neighbourhoods. Up 10th Avenue, west of Alma, a mix of mom-and-pops, upscale boutiques, and comfortable bistros cater to discerning locals and UBC students

By published Jun 1, 2009