In the 1960s, beachside Kitsilano was Vancouver's hippy hangout, drawing comparisons to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury. Today, Kitsilano still has plenty of culture, but its apartments and houses are now occupied by young urban professionals and families who enjoy a modern version of that relaxed atmosphere – this is the birthplace of global yoga brand, lululemon athletica. Just over the Burrard Bridge from the downtown peninsula, the neighbourhood brings together a collection of attractions, beach and parks, residential streets, and a couple of main commercial districts. “Kits,” as it’s known locally, is bordered by the waterfront to the north and West 16th Ave to the south; Burrard Street to the east and Alma Street to the west. Most of the commercial activity is along West 4th Avenue and West Broadway, but you’ll also find shops and restaurants in the areas close to the beach.
Proximity to both waterfront and the downtown core make Fairview a highly desirable residential enclave on Vancouver’s Westside. Nearby access to the seawall for strolling, biking and rollerblading, ensures that Fairview residents have plenty of recreational opportunities. It is a neighbourhood well suited to the ‘urban family’.
Bordering Chinatown to the east is Strathcona, one of Vancouver’s most culturally and economically diverse neighborhoods with Chinese, Japanese, Italian and black immigrants originally calling it home. It grew during Vancouver’s boom years (late 1800s and early 1900s) and boasts a high concentration of Victorian and Edwardian-styled heritage homes, now snapped up by young families and urbanites. The neighbourhood is a popular one for artists who open their doors during the annual Eastside Cultural Crawl. Union Street is growing in prominence for designer shopping and dining.
Yaletown is a stylish, historical district of Vancouver BC. Yaletown combines a sophisticated, cosmopolitan atmosphere with the friendly attitude found at boutique shops and local restaurants. Named after the town of Yale, which moved its settlement as the Canadian Pacific Railway established its works yards along the Northern edge of False Creek. Family days out, romantic evenings or drinks on a patio; start planning your Yaletown experience today.
With its scenic views, mild climate, and friendly people, Vancouver is known around the world as both a popular tourist attraction and one of the best places to live. Vancouver is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada with 52 percent of the population speaking a first language other than English. Vancouver has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics.