Coal Harbour: A Waterfront Haven in the City
Once considered as a part of Downtown Vancouver, Coal Harbour has now emerged as a neighbourhood on its own. Coal Harbour is actually the name of the Burrard Inlet section lying between the country’s downtown peninsula, the Stanley Park peninsula and Vancouver. Even though Coal Harbour is still considered as a West End extension, its progress and development has proven itself as a separate neighbourhood, home to some of the most lavish and prestigious real estate properties. Coal Harbour is situated on the western portion of Downtown Vancouver with borders on the West End, Stanley Park and downtown Vancouver’s city center. With its panoramic views of the Burrard Inlet, Stanley Park and the North Shore Mountains, Coal Harbour is a beautiful community that lets you enjoy the advantages of Downtown Vancouver and the lush green scenery of the city.
The Coal Harbour demographic has significantly changed for the last 15 years. The neighbourhood populace is made up primarily of professionals who are working in the downtown core. The community boasts spacious condo units with magnificent views which have drawn families as well. But in general, most of the residents in Coal Harbour are professionals with higher than average incomes. Most of the traffic in the community is residential, as majority of the neighbourhood is isolated from downtown metropolis.
Schools and Transportation
The West End houses the famous Lord Roberts School and the King George School. There are also nearby post secondary educational institutions like the BCIT and SFU Harbour Centre. And even if Coal Harbour is closely situated to the downtown centre, it is still a safe community. Streets are regularly busy with well lit lights and security personnel patrolling the area.
Coal Harbour is only a walking distance away from many downtown offices. But if you still have to commute, the Waterfront Train Station is conveniently located in the community. From Coal Harbour, you can take the Canada Line going to Richmond, South Cambie and the Vancouver International Airport. There are several buses which leave from Georgia Street.
Shopping and Entertainment
A popular feature of the community is the seawall that runs from Stanley Park to downtown core. This seawall stretch offers entertainment and green spaces for strolling and recreation. Located along the seawall is the Coal Harbour Marina which providers locals and tourists a beautiful moorage all year round. Go further to the west of the seawall and visit the historic Vancouver Rowing Club that opened in 1911. This building hosts a variety of sporting activities such as rowing, yachting, field hockey and rugby. A gourmet market recently opened in the streets of Coal Harbour. The downtown shopping center is only a few minutes away from the community as well.
For the best patios in the metro, check out Marine Pub and Cardero’s Restaurant. The Lift and Mill are also casual dining choices. The nightlife scene may not be that busy in Coal Harbour, but downtown and Gastown are walking distance or a cab ride away.