Welcome to Yaletown! Located on the Southern edge of Downtown Vancouver, Yaletown, one of Vancouver’s most diverse market neighbourhoods, is a vibrant mix of food and shopping locations set on historic brick walkways. Skyscrapers surround the historic warehouse district, creating homes for many Vancouverites. Yaletown is one of the most densely populated areas in the city. Formerly a heavy industrial area dominated by warehouses and rail yards, since Expo 86, it has been transformed into one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in the city. The marinas, parks, high rise apartment blocks, and converted heritage buildings constitute one of the most significant urban regeneration projects in North America.
Unique Fact: May 23, 1887 was a great day for Vancouver, when CPR Engine 374 pulled the first transcontinental passenger train into the city. The event marked the completion of one of the greatest engineering feats of the century, a twin line of steel rails linking the new nation of Canada from coast to coast, ten years in construction.
What to do
- Yaletown is home to the Vancouver Canucks, a hockey team in the NHL. The season will be over when you visit, but be sure to stop by the Canucks Team Store to pick up a jersey. Put it on and pretend to be a local. You'll find the store Gate 6 at Rogers Arena.
- Grab a picnic from Urban Fare and wait for the tide in David Lam Park. Check out Don Vaughan's sculpture Low Tide Sculpture & High Tide Pavilion.
- Must see: Take a tour of Engine 374 at the Roundhouse Community Centre. The centre was the western terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway and now a provincial heritage site.
- Must do: Take in a show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The theatre is one of Canada’s largest proscenium theatres with 2,765 seats. Recently refurbished, the theatre hosts opera, Broadway, music, presentations, and a broad spectrum of entertainment shows.
- blue water cafe + raw bar, 1095 Hamilton Street - In the mood for seafood? You can't go wrong here. The blue water cafe is consistently awarded the "Best Seafood Restaurant" in the city.
- The Flying Pig, 1168 Hamilton Street - Self-described as a nouveau Canadian Bistro, The Pig has been named on USA Today's 10 Best list. And no, the menu is not all pork!
Location: The Yaletown neighbourhood extends from the north side False Creek and is bordered by Homer and Robson streets.