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Vancouver Downtown East is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Vancouver and could be considered its historic heart. This neighbour has undergone constant change and its face is very different from its heart. This neighbourhood is one of community, compassion, and resilience. Despite pockets of this neighbourhood receiving negative attention, many areas are being revitalized with new business, restaurants, lofts, and new young professionals moving in.

There are a number of mid and high-rise developments attracting hipsters, professionals, those looking for affordable housing but close to one of the most colorful areas in Vancouver. Changes include a southern expansion of this neighbourhood to include part of the False Creek Science world and Creekside Park along Quebec Street.

Downtown East Vancouver's gastown steam clock
Downtown East Vancouver’s gastown steam clock

There are unique options for housing here including Vancouver’s recent lofts <300 Square foot to luxury penthouses and condominums with waterfront views. A lot of the styling here is very trendy with concrete and warehouse conversions. The gastown portion of this neighbourhood offers a lot of brick decorations with art deco influences (reminds us of Montreal).

Creekside ParkPlayground
Thornton Park
Andy Livingstone Park
Dr. Sun Yet Sen Chinese Garden
Pigeon Park
Wendy Poole Park
Crab ParkDog Park, Playground
Trillium Park
Oppenheimer Park
Downtown Skateboard Plaza


Kids love the outdoors!

Dog Park

Crab Park by the water

Gastown restaurants and shopping. One of the top tourist and local attractions. Furniture, Fashion, cafes, restaurants, Home goods
Community & Window Vintage + Art
John Fluevog shoes
Phom Phen vietnamese
Bestie German Eatery
Calabash Bistro Jamaican restaurant
New Town BakeryChinese bakery
Half and Half Gift Shop
Gastown central in downtown east, vancouver
Bestie is a german eatery in Downtown East neighbourhood in Vancouver
Bestie German Eatery

This area has some of the most colorful mix of available entertainment, sightseeing, shopping, and dining. It is not only the historic heart of Vancouver but contains a harmony and dichotomy of old & new, poverty & wealth. The harmony is from the community and resilience of the residents old and new.

Gastown shopping, music, entertainment, clubs, bars, speakeasies, cafes
Alibi Room
The Irish Heather pub
Six Acresgastropub
Blarney Stone
Revel Room Supper Club
Funky Winker Beans
The Pint Public HouseSports Bar
BoxcarTavern, craft beer
Irish Heather Pub
Boxcar Tavern
  • Lord Strathcona (K-7) French Imm
  • International Village Elem (K-7)
  • Westside Preparatory (K-7) Private Independent
  • St Francis Xavier K – 7, Independent Catholic
  • Mount Pleasant K – 7, Strongstart
  • Admiral Seymour K – 7, Strongstart
  • Britannia 8 – 12, IB, Hockey Academy, Venture Program
  • St. John’s (10-12 Independent)
  • St Patrick’s (8-12) Catholic Independent, AP
  • Pattison 8 – 12, Independent
  • King George 8 – 12, IB, Immersion 8-9
Lord Strathcona, French Immersion
Brittania Secondary
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