Gathering Place programs and services

We serve the Downtown South community by offering recreation, education, and community programs. We provide a wide range of quality programs and services that are accessible and relevant to vulnerable populations.

The Gathering Place also offers day-to-day basic services to provide access to phones, a place to store belongings during the day, and an overnight shelter during extreme weather warnings.

Recreation, community programs, and events

Recreation programs at Gathering Place include a pool room

Fitness and leisure programs

Find information on the fitness and leisure programs at the Gathering Place, including martial arts, yoga, and more.

Gathering Place programs include a music jam

Art and music programs

Learn about art and music programs at the Gathering Place, including pottery and music jam sessions.

Outside the Gathering Place

Community events

Learn about the high-profile community events we host throughout the year, and how you can help.

Library and education services


Learn about the services at the Gathering Place library – also known as the Reading Room.

Adult learning centre

The Vancouver Board of Education offers classes to adult learners at the Gathering Place.

Other services

Basic services

We offer basic services like mail pickup, phone message and fax services, and daytime storage.

Overnight shelter

The Gathering Place acts as an overnight shelter during extreme weather warnings.