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Downtown is Vancouver's primary business district, houses many arts, entertainment, and sports venues, and is close to several vibrant residential communities. A peninsula, Downtown is bounded by Burrard Inlet on the north, False Creek and the popular district of Yaletown to the south. The West End neighbourhood and world-famous Stanley Park are to the west, and the popular historic districts of Gastown, Chinatown, and Strathcona are to the east.

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News in Downtown

Province and City of Vancouver partner to provide winter shelters

Province and City of Vancouver partner to provide winter shelters

Nov 09, 2015 – The B.C. government will provide $1.5 million in funding and the City of Vancouver will contribute up to $800,000 towards building operations for 170 temporary shelter beds this winter.

VanWifi is here

Free public #VanWiFi is here

Oct 22, 2015 – You can now enjoy free public Wi-Fi access on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop at six civic locations, with service expanding in the coming months to an additional 37 sites throughout the city.

Man who is homeless

City moves forward with expanded housing strategy

Sep 23, 2014 – As the weather deteriorates, City staff have put a plan in place to ensure people who are homeless at Oppenheimer Park have access to housing.

Help shape your neighbourhood

Tell us what matters to you and the future of your neighbourhood. Engage us. Ask tough questions. The City is listening. By showing you care, we are all better off for it.

Share your thoughts on these following plans and projects. Get involved early and often.

Learn more about the community plan

Aerial view of Woodwards building in DTES

Downtown Eastside Plan

Creating a vision and plan for the Downtown Eastside that focusing on ways to improve the lives of low-income DTES residents and community members. Learn more about the plan, and find out how to get involved.

Be a community hero

Let's live, work, and prosper together. Volunteer your time to help others. Make a donation. Apply for grants to support the arts and environment, and address social issues. You can even suggest a name for a local street or City property that celebrate other community heroes.

Have a great idea or plan to strengthen the people, environment and opportunities in your community? Tell us about it by phoning 3-1-1. We're glad to hear from you.


Make a difference


Volunteering with the City or Park Board is a rewarding way to gain experience, meet new people, and learn new skills. Check out all of our volunteer opportunities.

Support your favourite resource


The City of Vancouver accepts donations of artwork, money, archival records, and more. Support your favourite cause by making a generous donation today.

Strengthen and build where you live

Grants and awards

View information on grants and funding for arts and culture, strong communities, and sustainability. Find awards that recognize our city's excellence in arts, culture, and civic engagement.

Enrich your neighbourhood identity

How City assets are named

How you can get involved with naming facilities, streets, and more in Vancouver.

Last modified: Fri, 28 Jun 2013 17:15:34