Vancouver's Healthcare Capital Fairview is a premier community in Vancover that includes the neighborhoods of Fairview Heights, Fairview Slopes, False Creek and Burrard Slopes. Fairview is known as one of the most eclectic communities in Lower Mainland because of its successful integration of various land uses from industrial to the development of condos and single family residences from the 1990s.
There are plenty of retail and shopping centers and even the major hospitals are located in Lower Mainland. History Fairview was once a primeval lush forest abundant with gigantic timber and wildlife until the establishment of the Hastings Mills and Moodyville in the 1860s.
The neighborhood was among the CPR land grants in Vancouver but remained undeveloped until the development of the city’s electric railway in the 1890s. Geographic Location Fairview stretches from the 16th Avenue in the south side, going to Cambie Street in the east, Burrard Street on west and False Cree towards the north. Its proximity to both downtown core and the waterfront area makes it a premier residential enclave. Fairview’s convenient access to the seawall for biking, rollerblading and strolling ensures that its residents enjoy an abundance of recreational activities in the neighborhood.
The demand for this highly coveted neighborhood has led to the reduction of single family homes and a growth in the number of multifamily dwellings. There are still a few industrial areas that occupy the Fairview landscape. Witness converted warehouse edifices to loft style residences that offer urban living next to the commercial centers. School and Transportation Fairview is well suited to urban family living. The community features two public grade schools and independent school that is offering French immersion classes. The neighborhood is also home to the world-acclaimed Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, located on Granville Island. Fairview is an accessible community. There are numerous bus routes connecting Fairview downtown and in other areas in Vancouver. Fairview also boasts easy automobile access to Highway1, Vancouver International Airport and the downtown center. Other transportation options include the Aquabus going downtown and the ‘tram’ system that runs from Granville Island to the Science World.
Shopping and Recreation Situated along the 16th Avenue to the Granville Street Bridge, South Granville is an eclectic combination of coffee shops, art galleries, gastronomic restaurants, upscale retail and premier antique shops. The 4th Avenue at the east of Burrad is also known as the “Border World”. All the skateboard and snowboard shops are clustered in a three-block stretch that showcases the attitude. The Broadway Corridor has transformed into the town’s utilitarian shopping area. It is here where you can witness huge stores like the London Drugs, Future Shop and Pier 1 Imports together with the smaller boutiques, restaurants, coffee bars and medical supply stores. The Granville Island is popular for its public market where fresh produce and local goods are sold. It is home to fine dining restaurants, a hotel, storefront enterprises and the Float home community. The Granville Island is considered as the heart & soul of Fairview.