Vancouver/Yaletown-False Creek

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Yaletown skyscrapers, Wainborn Park

Yaletown-False Creek encompasses the established neighbourhood of Yaletown and the still developing area of Southeast False Creek (better known as the Athlete's Village from the 2010 Winter Olympics). Reclaimed industrial areas, both neighbourhoods are a mix of modern condo architecture and restored industrial warehouses. Yaletown, in particular, is considered the yuppie side of Vancouver. For sports lovers, Vancouver's two main sports arenas/stadiums are also located here.

Get in[edit]

By public transit[edit]

The area is well served by the SkyTrain. The Expo and Millenium lines connect to City Centre and Commercial Drive-Hastings Park, while the Canada Line connects with downtown, Mount Pleasant and the airport/Richmond. Four stations provide easy access to the sights and restaurants in the neighbourhoods.

  • Stadium-Chinatown (Expo/Millenium lines) is across the street from Rogers Arena and a couple of blocks from BC Place.
  • Main St-Science World (Expo/Millenium lines) is a couple minutes walk from Science World and the Athletes' Village from the Olympics.
  • Yaletown-Roundhouse (Canada Line) is in the heart of Yaletown.
  • Olympic Village (Canada Line) on the south side of False Creek (2nd Ave & Cambie Street) provides access to the Seawall and is about a 5-10 minute walk from the Olympic Village.

Yaletown is three blocks away from the bus corridor on Granville Street. Bus #3 runs north-south along Main Street. #50 connects south False Creek to Granville Island and Waterfront Station, and the #84 also runs east-west through south False Creek connecting with Olympic Village station and VCC-Clark station on the Millenium Line.

By boat[edit]

Both Aquabus and False Creek Ferries provide service to Yaletown, Science World and the Olympic Village, with connections to Granville Island and Kitsilano. Fares range between $2.50 and $6.50, depending on the distance traveled.

See[edit][add listing]

  • BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Blvd (off the Georgia St Viaduct at Pacific Blvd near the shore of False Creek), +1 604 669-2300, [1]. The home of the BC Lions [2] Canadian Football League team and Vancouver Whitecaps FC [3], which became the second Major League Soccer team in Canada in 2011 although the club's history goes back to 1974. The building is also home to many conventions, tradeshows and concerts. The original roof, which had the distinction of being the largest air supported dome in the world, has been replaced by a cable-supported retractable roof (also claimed to be the largest of its type in the world).  edit
  • BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, (BC Place gate A), [4]. daily 10AM-5PM. Includes permanent galleries devoted to Terry Fox and Rick Hansen as well as displays of BC sports history from the early 1800s to present. Adult $15.  edit
  • Olympic Village (The Village on False Creek), Manitoba St & Athletes Way (five minute walk west of Science World along the Seawall). The site of the Vancouver Athletes Village during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. It's slowly being sold off as condos and becoming a community within Vancouver. The central plaza is distinctive with the deep red of the Salt Building and the giant sparrow statues. There is also a terraced slope leading down to False Creek that is lovely for sitting in the sun. Free.  edit
  • Rogers Arena (formerly GM Place), 800 Griffiths Way (across the street from the Stadium Skytrain station), +1 604 899-7400, [5]. Home of the Vancouver Canucks, the city's NHL ice hockey team, the building also hosts many of the big-name concerts that come to Vancouver.  edit
  • Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews (corner of Pacific Blvd and Davie St), +1 604 713-1800, [6]. M-F 9AM-10PM, Sa-Su 9AM-5PM. The restored roundhouse that used to work the railyard before the condos were built. Engine 374, which hauled the first passengers into Vancouver, is on display with some historical information. There is also a gym that can be used on a drop-in basis (for a small fee) and a small performing arts center.  edit
Science World
  • Science World, 1455 Quebec St, +1 604-443-7443, [7]. This science centre is located in the distinctive building from Expo 86 at the end of False Creek. Has a wide range of participatory exhibits. Get off the Skytrain at the Main St/Science World station. The building is a unique shaped building that was constructed for Expo 86. Popular with the young and with those who like science. An Omnimax theatre is in this building as well. $8.50 per person.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • A section of the Seawall passes through Yaletown and around the eastern end of False Creek, including Creekside Park, Science World and the Olympic Village. Habitat Island, just off the path near Olympic Village, was built to restore some of the natural habitat for native birds. It's a nice place to stop and relax or take in the view (particularly in spring when the blossoms are out).

Buy[edit][add listing]

Yaletown, being rather yuppie, has many upscale and mid-range stores, including plenty of beauty shops and self-improvement facilities (such as cosmetic dentistry and plastic surgery). As an illustration of the neighbourhood's character, one cosmetic surgery office has valet parking in front. Start your tour at Davie & Hamilton, walk along Mainland St, Pacific, Homer and finish at the spectacular Marinaside Crescent.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • DD Mau, 1239 Pacific Blvd (Pacific & Drake), 604 684-4446, [8]. M-Su 10:30AM-8PM. Vietnamese cafe with excellent vermicelli bowls and Bánh Mì sandwiches. $7-$15.  edit
  • Fuse Pan-Asian Express (), 1078 Mainland St (entrance off Helmecken St parking lot of Yaletown Galleria), +1-604-687-3873 (), [9]. Coffee & self serve 9AM onward daily; Full menu M-F 11AM-8PM; Sa Su Hols noon-6PM. A fusion of several Asian cuisines, and a fusion of the virtues of prompt service and good food. Except for the grab-and-go items, everything is made to order with house-made sauces. There is a respectable vegetarian selection. Free parking, and an easy walk from Yaletown offices or the Roundhouse. Phone in advanced orders. Tapas, salads $3-7, stir-fried to order $8, Grilled items $6-12.  edit
  • Glowbal grill & satay bar, 1079 Mainland St, +1 604 602-0835, [10]. afternoon menu 3PM-5PM daily, dinner 5PM-Midnight daily; M-F lunch 11:30AM-3PM; Sa Su brunch 10:30AM-3PM. Glowbal is a trendy hit in the heart of the Yaletown restaurant row. Brunches are famous, but dinners are also outstanding. Don't be surprised if the chef stops by to offer some custom-made treat if the menu doesn't suffice, and expect the flavours to be marvelous. Attentive, friendly, and uniformly black-clad service. A top-notch operation in every way. Valet parking Thursday-Saturday nights. Brunch $10-16, Dinner $18-35.  edit
  • Terra Breads Cafe, 1605 Manitoba St (corner of Manitoba & Athletes Way), +1 604 877-1183, [11]. M-F 7AM-7PM, Sa-Su 8AM-7PM. Bakery and cafe known for its artisan breads baked in a stone hearth oven. Serves a selection of salads, sandwiches and hot plates for lunch, plus a small breakfast menu. Sandwiches/paninis are made with their own bread, and include tasty options like roast lamb on fig and anise bread and roast turkey on cranberry pistachio bread. $6-10.  edit
  • Yaletown Brewing Company, 1111 Mainland St (Mainland & Helmecken), +1 604 681-2739, [12]. Su-W 11:30AM-Midnight, Th 11:30AM-1AM, F Sa 11:30AM-3AM. Popular brewpub in the heart of Yaletown. Starters $6-16, Mains $12-23.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Opus Bar, 350 Davie St, +1 604 642-0557, [13]. Painfully ‘hip’ bar/lounge inside the much-hyped Opus Hotel in Yaletown. Beyond the fashionable clientele and contemporary décor there’s tapas, cocktails and an extensive list of imported and domestic wines and spirits. Signature small plates include 'O' Dim Sum, merguez corn dog and shish kebob, and Yuzu-spiced garlic wings.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There is a small but diverse range of accommodation in Yaletown and nearby areas. Midrange and high-end hotels can be found in Yaletown, while there a couple of hostels on the other side of False Creek near the train/bus station.

  • C&N Backpackers Hostel, 927 Main St, +1 604-682-2441, toll free +1 888-434-6060, [14].
  • C&N Central Station Hostel, 1038 Main St, +1 604-681-9118 [15].
  • Hampton Inn & Suites, 111 Robson St, +1 604 602-1008 (fax: +1 604-602-1008), [16]. Near BC Place stadium. From $129.  edit
  • Opus Hotel, 322 Davie St, +1 604 642-6787, [17]. Stylish hotel in Yaletown that has made it to Conde Nast's gold list four years running. Reviewers like the modern decor and friendly staff but don't recommend it for families. From $300.  edit
  • YWCA Hotel, 733 Beatty St, +1 800 663-1424 (toll free: +1 604 895-5830), [18]. A modern hotel (12 years old) with a range of room sizes and prices. Close walk to most attractions and near BC Place Stadium. All rooms are private but some have shared bathrooms. Prices range from $64-155 in the summer.  edit

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