Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver is considered as the cultural, commercial, government, entertainment and financial center of the city and the lower mainland region. More than half a million people enter Downtown core. Downtown is home to the country’s Central Business District, this neighborhood attracts residents, businesses, and millions of visitors every year.

As the iconic picture of Vancouver, Downtown is a microcosm of the metro itself- active, picturesque, forward thinking. A lot of people travel here, work and calls this place home as it provides just about anything you would love in a city. Downtown Vancouver is a modern city nestled between the densely populated neighbourhoods of Yaletown, Strathcona, Downtown Eastside and West End. There are around 28,000 residences that average between 20 to 40 years old with an average income of $49,000. The downtown core is mostly composed of high rise office and residential buildings.

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Geographical Location

The downtown core is bounded by Stanley Park to the west, Burrard Inlet in the north, Downtown Eastside to the east and False Creek to the south. Beside the landmark towers of its central and financial business districts, Downtown Vancouver also features residential neighbourhoods in the form of high rise apartment complexes and condominiums. Some of the most popular neighbourhoods include the Entertainment District, Japantown, Chinatown, Gastown, and Granville Mall.

School and Transportation

Downtown Vancouver is the home of many prestigious high schools, community colleges and universities. The Mole Hill Montessori School is a private learning institution that caters to preschool and kindergarten kids.

The presence of water bodies limits access to Downtown Vancouver. The neighbourhood features four major bridges namely the Burrard Street Bridge, Lions Gate Bridge, Granville Street Bridge and the Cambie Street Bridge. The Waterfront Station is a popular transit hub going to the downtown area. There are around six transit subways stations in the area. There are two water taxi operators providing service between several neighbourhoods, Granville Island and False Creek. Today, the city is planning to extend its streetcar from Granville Island route to the SkyTrain station and Stanley Park.

Shopping and Entertainment

For individuals who are in the mid twenties or mid thirties, perhaps the most fun part of Downtown Vancouver is the Granville District, which covers all of Granville North on False Creek. Numerous bars and clubs dot the strip, with sidewalks that accommodate huge foot traffic. Department stores and small fashion boutiques line up Granville’s avenues and streets.

There are two popular sporting facilities in the area namely the BC Place Stadium and the Rogers Arena. The BC Place is home to the B.C. Lions while the latter is the playing ground of the Vancouver Canucks. Witness business people constantly bustling around Burrard Street, one of the downtown’s busy financial districts. It is also here where you can find Vancouver’s tallest building, the Wall Center. Aside from the Entertainment District, Downtown Vancouver is also the home of many exciting tourist sites like the weird looking Science World, situated at the end of False Creek. There are also plenty of theatres downtown including the Orpheum, Vogue, the Commodore Ballroom and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

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