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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

West End

Leaving the swanky uptown vibe to the rest of the downtown peninsula, the West End is known for its lively, inexpensive eateries, aging character buildings, and stunning vistas of English Bay.

By published Jun 1, 2009


The neighbourhood synonymous with the West Coast lifestyle, Kits was once a forested beach used by vacationers. Then came the arts and crafts homes, then the hippies and students who turned W. Fourth Ave. into Rainbow Road. Today, it’s among the city’s most exclusive neighbourhoods—with seriously pricey real estate and retail to match—but the laidback beach vibe still prevails

By published Jun 1, 2009


Sleepy small-town atmosphere, elegant homes, and upscale shops make Kerrisdale one of the loveliest neighbourhoods in which to while away an afternoon

By published Jun 1, 2009