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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


This storied inner-city neighbourhood is home to artist studios, traditional corner stores, and ramshackle homes that lend the area its historic shabby chic

By published Jun 1, 2009


East of downtown, Hastings-Sunrise is an unpolished family neighbourhood known for its old-fashioned delis and bakeries—with prices just as old fashioned. No shortage of family entertainment either: in winter, it’s home to the Vancouver Giants; in summer, the Pacific National Exhibition and Playland keep things lively

By published Jun 1, 2009

North Shore

The affluent cities of North Vancouver and West Vancouver are famous for their sweeping views of downtown (and, on a clear day, Vancouver Island), picturesque shopping villages, and proximity to world-class skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and mountain-biking terrain. (That local adage about skiing and kayaking on the same day originates here)

By published Jun 1, 2009