YaletownVancouver

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This trendy residential neighborhood and nightlife destination on the False Creek waterfront was once a neglected warehouse district. 

Yaletown—bordered by False Creek to the south, Homer Street to the west and Pacific Boulevard to the east— was largely abandoned for years before the ‘80s. Once a gritty industrial district home to warehouses and rail yards, the area is now a hub of activity with restaurants, cafes, bars and desirable loft-style apartments.

Yaletown was first settled by the Canadian Pacific Railroad workers in the late 19th century, when the area was the hub of the bustling rail yards. Many of these workers had come to Vancouver from a town called Yale, about 110 miles (180km) away and brought their hometown name to their new neighborhood. When the railroads died out in the ‘40s, Yaletown became a rough, poor part of town. It was revitalized for the 1986 World’s Fair (Expo ‘86).

This area is now one of the most popular spots in the city. There are plenty of patio cafes and rooftop bars to people watch and be seen. Not only is it a much desired waterfront residential area with plenty of green open spaces, but it’s also a haven of sidewalk cafes, local designer boutiques, galleries, bars and high-end restaurants. Though little original housing from the 19th century remains, many businesses and retail outlets have taken up residency and renovated the old brick buildings.

The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Center is a great little diversion for train buffs, loaded with railroad history. It was once a Canadian Pacific Railroad repair shed, and now houses the preserved steam engine (Engine No. 374) which brought the first passenger train into Vancouver in 1887.

As the sun sets, sip a beer at the award winning Yaletown Brewing Company or enjoy a cocktail at one of the many bars.

This trendy upscale neighborhood is an easy walk from downtown Vancouver, or a quick ferry ride from Granville Island.

Top Hotels in Yaletown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Rosedale On Robson Suite Hotel
Rosedale On Robson Suite Hotel
3.5 out of 5
838 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC
CA $152
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

This family-friendly Vancouver hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver Central Public Library, BC Place Stadium ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,213 reviews)

"Reasonable rate. Fully equiped kitchen. Within walking distance to everything : skytrain, Bce place, dining, shopping,"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2020

Rosedale On Robson Suite Hotel
Rosedale Condominiums
Rosedale Condominiums
3.5 out of 5
838 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC
CA $138
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in Yaletown, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver Central Public Library, BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Robson Street and ...

4/5Very Good! (1,331 reviews)

"Staff were all friendly and service was excellent. Very quiet area."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 10, 2020

Rosedale Condominiums
OPUS Hotel Vancouver
OPUS Hotel Vancouver
4 out of 5
322 Davie St, Vancouver, BC
CA $279
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in Yaletown, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Granville Street, BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. St. Paul's Hospital and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (846 reviews)

"Great hotel, great location... super clean and stylish. Great staff."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 16, 2020

OPUS Hotel Vancouver
Welcome Home to This Beautiful Unit With Large Balcony, in the Best Location!
Welcome Home to This Beautiful Unit With Large Balcony, in the Best Location!
189 Davie Street, 501, Vancouver, BC

Located in Yaletown, this romantic condo is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver International Film Centre and Granville Street. BC Place Stadium and Rogers ...

5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Great property in wonderful location

"Lovely property"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 6, 2019

Welcome Home to This Beautiful Unit With Large Balcony, in the Best Location!
Prime Yaletown Condo 2 Bed+2 Bath
Prime Yaletown Condo 2 Bed+2 Bath
888 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC

Located in Yaletown, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Granville Street, BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Orpheum Theater and Vancouver Art ...

3.8/5Good! (6 reviews)
Great location and views. Very clean.

"Was a bit concerned after a previous review but those concerns went out the window when we arrived. Place was perfect for us and very clean. We walked everywhere. And it came with indoor parking. Once we got use to using the parking garage security, it was a breeze."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 30, 2019

Prime Yaletown Condo 2 Bed+2 Bath
Luxury Beautiful Suite in the Heart of Downtown
Luxury Beautiful Suite in the Heart of Downtown
Vancouver, BC

Located in Yaletown, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Granville Street and Orpheum Theater. BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre ...

Luxury Beautiful Suite in the Heart of Downtown

Popular things to do in Yaletown

Stanley Park
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Stanley Park

4.5/5(2,461 reviews)

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

Canada Place
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Canada Place

4.5/5(1,555 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.

Robson Street
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Robson Street

4.5/5(1,666 reviews)

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

Top activities in Yaletown

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 Hop On, Hop Off Bus Tour, 1 Day Pass
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Vancouver Hop On, Hop Off Bus Tour, 1 Day Pass

100% of travellers recommend
CA $45
Per adult
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets

94% of travellers recommend
CA $57
Per adult
Skip-the-line Vancouver Aquarium Ticket
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Skip-the-line Vancouver Aquarium Ticket

92% of travellers recommend
CA $42
Per adult
City Delights Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge Park & Fish Hatchery
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City Delights Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge Park & Fish Hatchery

96% of travellers recommend
CA $135
Per adult
Happy Hour in Yaletown with Sue!
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Happy Hour in Yaletown with Sue!

CA $32
Per adult

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