Welcome to the 'hood: Coal Harbour ~ June 2014

Welcome to Coal Harbour, which is the 'hood just steps away from the symposium venue, the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.

Unique Fact: There was coal found here in 1859, although no commercial mining has ever occurred! Towards the end of the century, there was lots of industrial activity as the harbour was the Canadian Pacific Railway's terminus. No coal, but the name stuck!

Fast forward to the 2010 Winter Olympics and the area is now famous for the convention centres and Canada Place with its iconic sails.

Things to Do:

  • Walk, run or bike the seawall along the harbour (the hotel has bikes that you can borrow)
  • Have high tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and discover Canada's British roots
  • Watch the float planes land as they come into the harbour
  • Marvel at the wonder that is the Convention Centre West, complete with a grass roof
  • Enjoy a cocktail at the Lobby Lounge in the Fairmont Pacific Rim
  • Must do: Take the family to Fly Over Canada and see the country like never before - www.flyovercanada.com
  • Must see: Visit the Jack Poole Plaza, the site of the Cauldron for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games


  • Hapa Izakaya, 909 West Cordova Street ( http://hapaizakaya.com ) Voted "Top Five Izakayas in North America" by Bon Appetit Magazine.
  • Cactus Club Cafe, 1085 Canada Place ( www.cactusclubcafe.com ) Proudly Canadian owned and operated, the Cafe leads through innovation while remaining true to its Vancouver roots. A great place to take in the fabulous view of the Harbour and the North Shore Mountains. 
  • Oru Restaurant at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, 1038 Canada Place (www.orucuisine.com) A vibrant gathering place for celebration or an exclusive intimate dining experience for two, the perfect spot to savour food of the Pacific Northwest and flavours of the Pacific Rim.

Location: North side of the West End, where the Burrard Inlet meets Stanley Park and downtown Vancouver.

Been here before? Be sure to comment and share your "must sees" in Coal Harbour and any other travel tips.