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Downtown

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.

Neighbourhood history and heritage

Just over a century ago, Vancouver was a two-block collection of buildings called Granville (now known as Gastown). This location on Burrard Inlet was competing to be the west coast terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway. By 1887, a year after the City of Vancouver was incorporated, the first passenger train arrived at the foot of Howe Street, and future growth was assured. In the next seven years, a building boom began to move the city centre from Water and Cordova Streets up to Georgia and Granville Streets. Streetcar service was initiated in 1890, joining the waterfront to Granville, Pender and Cordova Streets.

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News in Downtown

Province and City of Vancouver partner to provide winter shelters

Archived - 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.

Province and City of Vancouver partner to provide winter shelters

Archived - 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

Archived - 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.

Initiatives in Downtown

Northeast False Creek

Northeast False Creek

Northeast False Creek is the last big piece of undeveloped waterfront land in downtown Vancouver. By removing the viaducts, we can create a new, more connected neighbourhood.

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Downtown office development

Find information on office development in Downtown Vancouver, including retail, office, commercial, and industrial development.

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.

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

Volunteering with the City or Park Board is a rewarding way to gain experience, meet new people, and learn new skills.

Support your favourite resource

Donating

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.

Streets and Transportation

Vancouver is responsible for building and maintaining our roads, sidewalks and public spaces, managing how city streets are used, and creating land use and urban design policies

Explore public art

Discover our featured public art. Go on self-guided walking tours. Find public art by neighbourhood, artwork, or artist.

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.

Growing food

Vancouver supports and promotes growing local food, through community gardens and other urban agriculture initiatives, promoting sustainability, and building stronger communities.

Zoning districts, maps, and regulations

Our zoning regulations govern how development occurs in Vancouver. Find a zoning map, zone descriptions, and the Zoning & Development Bylaw.

Downtown Bus Service Review

The City of Vancouver is working with Translink to develop a short term vision for the bus network in the downtown core.