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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.

Top Hotels in West End

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver
Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver
5 out of 5
1161 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
CA $276
per night
Apr 6 - Apr 7

Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Robson Street and Vancouver Waterfront. Granville Street and Pacific Centre Shopping ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,571 reviews)

"Very clean and good place hotel.Happy experience during stay."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 19, 2020

Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver
Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
1015 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
CA $189
per night
Mar 30 - Mar 31

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

4.1/5Very Good! (7,356 reviews)

"The place is great except the noise outside the road, you can hear loudly from our room."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 25, 2020

Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
5 out of 5
1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,035 reviews)

"Very nice place to stay. Near all the tourists attractions. The rooms and staff were wonderful. Will come back."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 14, 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
Sandman Suites Vancouver on Davie
Sandman Suites Vancouver on Davie
3 out of 5
1160 Davie St, Vancouver, BC
CA $109
per night
Apr 19 - Apr 20

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! (2,118 reviews)

"Location is great. Right in the heart of the gaybourhood"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 17, 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
CA $65
per night
Apr 7 - Apr 8

Located in West End, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Robson Street and Vancouver Waterfront. Vancouver Art Gallery and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall are ...

3.6/5Good! (1,802 reviews)

"Great location, huge room. Close to everything - walkable or transit"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 25, 2020

Riviera on Robson Suites Hotel Downtown Vancouver
The Listel Hotel Vancouver
The Listel Hotel Vancouver
3.5 out of 5
1300 Robson St, Vancouver, BC

Located in West End, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robson Street and Vancouver Waterfront. Granville Street and Vancouver Art Gallery are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,241 reviews)

"This hotel was great. The location was great. We walked almost everywhere. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. There are two convenient restaurants attached to the hotel. They even had umbrellas for us to borrow for a nighttime walking tour. I would definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 12, 2020

The Listel Hotel Vancouver

Popular things to do in West End

Robson Street
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Robson Street

4.5/5(1,719 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. 

Stanley Park
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Stanley Park

4.5/5(2,502 reviews)

Check out this local favorite since Victorian times for its forested walking trails, beachside activities, attractive gardens and wildlife.

Top activities in West End

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets

94% of travellers recommend
CA $57
Per adult
Hop-On Hop-Off Vancouver City Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Vancouver City Tour

82% of travellers recommend
CA $49
Per adult
Vancouver's Attraction Passport & Experience Program
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Vancouver's Attraction Passport & Experience Program

CA $14
Per adult
Best Of Downtown Food Tour
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Best Of Downtown Food Tour

100% of travellers recommend
CA $97
Per adult
Vancouver 2 Day Hop On, Hop Off Bus Tour
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Vancouver 2 Day Hop On, Hop Off Bus Tour

90% of travellers recommend
CA $55
Per adult
Vancouver: Stanley Park's Seawall
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Vancouver: Stanley Park's Seawall

CA $1
Per adult

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