Formerly known as an industrial area dominated by rail yards and warehouses, Yaletown is now one of the most populated neighbourhoods in Vancouver. The historic Roundhouse which is now situated at the edge of Yaletown jumpstarted the growth of this district. The original roundhouse was located in Fraser Canyon, Yale but they moved it to downtown Vancouver and all the railroad workers followed. Most of them even moved their houses to Vancouver and the area where they set up their homes is now known as Yaletown.
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During the early 1900s, this warehouse district emerged with trucks, warehouses and transfer companies as chief tenants. Although the original city planners hoped to expand the district, the lure of affordable suburban and its close proximity to major roads, turned industrial tenants away from the area in the later years of 20th century.
Yaletown is a neighbourhood in Downtown Vancouver which is bordered by Robson, Homer, and False Creek Streets. It runs along the northern area of the False Creek Waterway. Originally the location for Vancouver’s industrial mills and lumberyards, the area was cleared when Vancouver hosted the Expo 86. Almost 204 acres of land had been slowly and magically transformed into a residential area that integrates the best of the waterfront and the warm urban atmosphere.
It was during the 1960s when the downtown area of Vancouver began its high rise transformation. The neighbourhood was still in industrial zoning status by then, so plenty of warehouses were still spared of the demolition. But a good number of them were still destroyed to make way for parking areas for workers who are flocking into the city. And in the late 70s to 80s, restorations and renovations began on many of these warehouses. Nightclubs, bars, retail stores and restaurants became the new tenants of the buildings.
Yaletown boasts one of the best transportation systems in the city of Vancouver. A lot of residents in the neighbourhood are closely situated to the rail systems, which makes commuting easier. There are also water taxis available on the southern side of Granville Island and False Creek, Yaletown is indeed one of the most coveted neighbourhoods to live in.
Yaletown is also considered as Vancouver’s newest shopping and film industry district. Its archaic buildings now host home design shops, high end furniture stores, and clothing retailers. Yaletown is also a favourite among many film makers because of its panoramic views and beautiful Victorian-inspired architectural structures. Make sure to stick around and witness Hollywood stars stroll on the streets for some shopping!
Entertainment and Recreational Activities
There are several scenic parks located all over the False Creek basin including the Creekside, Coopers and David Lam parks. Bring your kids to David Lam Park, a ten acre park made up of flowers and green spaces. To preserve the historic nature of the area, the city has already recognized the old loading trucks in the canopies as unique features of the area.