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West EndVancouver

Home to Vancouver’s gay village, this neighborhood is one of the city’s most densely populated and liveliest, with popular cafés, shops and nightclubs.

West End is Vancouver’s cultural hub, featuring the city’s gay village, heritage buildings and an assortment of cafés and shops. With a population of over 40,000, the neighborhood is quite densely populated for North America. If the crowds become too much, escape to one of the many parks and beaches in the area.

Start out on Robson Street, West End’s main thoroughfare. Here, visit an assortment of international restaurants and fashion boutiques. On a summer evening you’ll find this area filled with West End residents enjoying dinner or drinks on restaurant terraces. Robson Street also features the hotel district of Robson Slopes. Stay in this area for easy access to the beach, Stanley Park and downtown Vancouver.

Explore Davie Village, the heart of Vancouver’s gay community, which is one of the largest in western Canada. Cafés, designer fashion outlets and nightclubs fill the area. Visit in August to see the spectacular gay pride parade, which has been attracting thousands of visitors since 1978.

See one of the most beloved pieces of Vancouver public art in Morton Park on the southern edge of West End. Yue Minjun’s A-maze-ing Laughter is a series of tall bronze sculptures showing the artist in fits of hysterical laughter. Have your photo taken alongside the oversized statues.

West End is where Vancouver’s wealthy merchants once built their mansions. As a result, a heritage district of well-preserved Victorian manors sits in the middle of the neighborhood today. Tour the Roedde House Museum to see a collection of late 19th-century artifacts in an impressive old house. Explore the Barclay Heritage Square surrounding the house to see more antique architecture.

Located in the northern section of downtown Vancouver, West End is served by several subway stops and many buses. If you are driving, be prepared to pay a steep fee to park on one of the neighborhood’s main streets.


Popular places to visit in West End

Robson Street
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Robson Street

4.5/5(1,728 reviews)

Browse fashion stores, independent outlets, and souvenir shops in one of the country’s premier shopping districts.

English Bay Inukshuk
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English Bay Inukshuk

Stretch out on the sands, swim in the sea, and amble along the shoreline of this gently curving urban beach. 

Canada Place
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Canada Place

4.5/5(1,589 reviews)

Fly above Canada’s stunning scenery aboard a flight simulator and watch a movie in the open-air cinema at this expansive entertainment complex.

Top things to do in West End

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets

CA $58
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Hop-On Hop-Off Vancouver City Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Vancouver City Tour

CA $59
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Vancouver Whale-Watching & Marine Wildlife Tour
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Vancouver Whale-Watching & Marine Wildlife Tour

CA $154
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Vancouver 2 Day Hop On, Hop Off Bus Tour
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Vancouver 2 Day Hop On, Hop Off Bus Tour

CA $55
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Vancouver's Attraction Passport & Experience Program
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Vancouver's Attraction Passport & Experience Program

CA $21
Per adult
5hr Bike Rental
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5hr Bike Rental

CA $37
Per adult

Top Hotels in West End

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
1015 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $149 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27

Located in West End, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Granville Street, Robson Street and Vancouver Art Gallery. Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,806 reviews)

"Loved the free parking & breakfast. I used the $25 dinner credit too and the food was great. Kitchen was well equipped if you needed it."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 23, 2020

Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
Sandman Suites Vancouver on Davie
Sandman Suites Vancouver on Davie
3 out of 5
1160 Davie St, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $128 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in West End, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Hospital, Granville Street, and Sunset Beach. Robson Street and Granville ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,168 reviews)

"Awesome location & staff; Easygoing check-in, perfect location for someone who is on foot in the city."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2020

Sandman Suites Vancouver on Davie
Riviera on Robson Suites Hotel Downtown Vancouver
Riviera on Robson Suites Hotel Downtown Vancouver
2.5 out of 5
1431 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $62 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in West End, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Robson Street and Vancouver Waterfront. United States Consulate and Robson Square are also within ...

3.6/5Good! (969 reviews)

"very convenient and close to everything. I really like the staff and yes very good."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2020

Riviera on Robson Suites Hotel Downtown Vancouver
Sylvia Hotel
Sylvia Hotel
3 out of 5
1154 Gilford St, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $128 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in West End, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of English Bay Beach and Stanley Park. Robson Street and Vancouver ...

4.4/5Excellent! (991 reviews)

"First time visit. Historical heritage boutique hotel, perfectly located at English Bay. Warm, friendly welcome by Adriaan. Fantastic room on top floor with beach and Ocean view. Great breakfast downstairs."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 11, 2020

Sylvia Hotel
Best Western Plus Sands
Best Western Plus Sands
3 out of 5
1755 Davie St, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $83 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in West End, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stanley Park and Robson Street. Vancouver Convention Centre and Canada Place are also ...

4/5Very Good! (1,007 reviews)

"Amazing location, great comfort and staff. Would definitely come back!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2020

Best Western Plus Sands
Sunset Inn and Suites
Sunset Inn and Suites
3 out of 5
1111 Burnaby St, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $139 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in West End, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sunset Beach and St. Paul's Hospital. Vancouver International Film Centre and Granville Island ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (982 reviews)

"Good location, clean, big suites.. but very bad breakfast"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 12, 2020

Sunset Inn and Suites

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4.5/5Wonderful!(6,655 area reviews)

Known for its captivating waterfront views, popular shops, and acclaimed art galleries, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Vancouver. Top attractions like Granville Street and Robson Street are major draws. Catch the metro at Vancouver City Center Station or Burrard Station to see more of the city.

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3.5/5Good!(190 area reviews)

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Gastown
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