The epicentre of Vancouver’s retail and financial core, Downtown Vancouver is extremely walkable and always buzzing.
Home to BC Place & Rogers Centre, The Queen E. Theatre, The Vancouver Museum and the coliseum inspired Vancouver Public Library, this bustling neighbourhood is packed with things to see and do.
Downtown is located in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown core and bordered by The West End, Coal Harbour, Downtown East and Yaletown.
For families, there’s a excellent selection of both public and private schools in the area. Post secondary options include notable names like Simon Fraser University UBC Sauder and BCIT. Walkability is a 10/10 in the downtown core, which gives both residents and tourists easy access to the seawall where you can bike, run or go for a leisurely walk around downtown, and if you’re feeling energetic, take on the 10km route through Stanley Park.
Listing all the amenities downtown would be long and extensive, but some key highlights include The Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver Convention Centre, St. Pauls Hospital, The Vancouver Art Gallery and the historic steam clock in Gastown.
Pacific Centre Mall is the anchor for shopping in the downtown core. You’ll brand-name fashion, like Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom, dotted throughout the mall.
Venture outside and stroll along Vancouver’s most famous retail destination, Robson Street, which is a large mix of boutique shops, big box names and a mix of ethnic and chain restaurants. If you’re looking for a bit more grit in your shopping experience, head south on Granville Street where you can find a unique selection of boutique shops, bars and restaurants.
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Legendary venues like The Commodore Ball Room host live bands and big-name DJs, while smaller bands and venues host a number of events. The popular Orpheum Theatre always has a long list of performing arts and live bands to see.
If you’re into live sports, there’s no better place than Downtown. Catch a Canucks game at Rogers Centre, see a Whitecaps soccer match or catch the BC Lions football game at BC Place.
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