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YaletownVancouver

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.


Popular places to visit in Yaletown

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.

Stanley Park
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Stanley Park

4.5/5(2,511 reviews)

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

Capilano Suspension Bridge
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Capilano Suspension Bridge

4.5/5(993 reviews)

One of Vancouver’s most popular attractions offers a unique perspective on nature and is just a few minutes from the city center.

Top things to do in Yaletown

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
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
Grouse Mountain Admission Tickets
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Grouse Mountain Admission Tickets

CA $62
Per adult
84% 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
5hr Bike Rental
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5hr Bike Rental

CA $37
Per adult

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
The price is CA $143 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

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

4.3/5Excellent! (1,497 reviews)

"The room is clean and bed is comfortable. Close to shopping. Safe parking for car. Food at restaurant is tasty. This the fifth time l have stated here this year."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 23, 2020

Rosedale On Robson Suite Hotel
Rosedale Condominiums
Rosedale Condominiums
3.5 out of 5
838 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $138 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

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

4.1/5Very Good! (990 reviews)

"Great well appointed room in a great location. Comfortable beds and lots of room."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2020

Rosedale Condominiums
OPUS Hotel Vancouver
OPUS Hotel Vancouver
4 out of 5
322 Davie St, Vancouver, BC

Located in Yaletown, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rogers Arena and Granville Island Public Market. Vancouver Waterfront and Canada Place are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (887 reviews)

"Location is amazing, boutique friendly staff and service and charming. comfortable rooms.."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 13, 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 False Creek Seawall and Granville Street. BC Place Stadium and Rogers Arena ...

5/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Perfect Location

"Matt was great and easy to communicate with from check in to check out everything was easy and seamless. You can’t beat this location with the Seawall steps from your front door and Urbanfare downstairs. Amazing!!"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 25, 2020

Welcome Home to This Beautiful Unit With Large Balcony, in the Best Location!
Private Bedroom & Bathroom in Shared Apartment Prime Location Yaletown
Private Bedroom & Bathroom in Shared Apartment Prime Location Yaletown
Vancouver, BC

Located in Yaletown, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Vancouver False Creek Seawall and BC Place Stadium. Rogers Arena and Queen Elizabeth Theatre ...

Private Bedroom & Bathroom in Shared Apartment Prime Location Yaletown
Yaletown 2bd, Water View, Pool, Hot Tub, Gym, Steam, Steps to Seawall
Yaletown 2bd, Water View, Pool, Hot Tub, Gym, Steam, Steps to Seawall
189 Davie Street, 805, Vancouver, BC

Located in Yaletown, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver False Creek Seawall and Granville Street. BC Place Stadium and Rogers Arena are also ...

Yaletown 2bd, Water View, Pool, Hot Tub, Gym, Steam, Steps to Seawall

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Downtown Vancouver

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.

Downtown Vancouver
Granville Island showing a high-rise building, a river or creek and a bay or harbour

Granville Island

4.5/5Wonderful!(100 area reviews)

Travelers come to Granville Island for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Granville Island Public Market and False Creek while you're in town.

Granville Island
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Gastown

3.5/5Good!(190 area reviews)

Visitors often come to Gastown for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Vancouver Waterfront and Granville Street. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Waterfront Metro Station.

Gastown
Chinatown featuring heritage architecture

Chinatown

You'll enjoy the restaurants and gardens in Chinatown. You might want to make time for a stop at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden or Rickshaw Theatre.

Chinatown
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West End

The stunning beaches and popular shops are just a few highlights of West End. Make a stop by Robson Street or Stanley Park while you're exploring the area.

West End
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Kitsilano

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

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