Vancouver Downtown
Vancouver Downtown
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Neighborhood: Central
How to get there
  • Vancouver City Centre • 2 min walk
  • Granville • 3 min walk

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EkMusafir
Pune, India2,219 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Looking at a map, you will find that Vancouver Downtown is the lower portion of a peninsula (the thumb) of the main city of Vancouver (the fist), which sticks out into the Burrard Inlet. The neighborhood is bounded by the Burrard Inlet to the north, Stanley Park and West End to the west, False Creek to the south and Downtown Eastend to the east.

It has the main business district of Vancouver as well as many high end residential buildings and hotels. As we walked the streets we saw a number of shops, restaurants, pubs, private offices, travel agencies and government offices, theaters and art galleries. In general the streets were clean and broad but there were a few places which were not so pleasant to walk along as there were some down at heel people and addicts to be seen. There were some parks and green spaces to relieve the monotony of the high-rises. A walk along the Waterfront Road was quite fascinating as we got to see the many activities in the harbor, near Canada Place, with the ships and boats moving in and out and a number of seaplanes taking off and landing.

The main transit hub of Vancouver Downtown, the Waterfront Station, is where you can find connections to most parts of the city. There are two metro lines, The Canada Line and the Expo Line, the West Coast Express Railway, and the SeaBus passenger ferry which crosses the inlet to get you to North Vancouver.

The road traffic especially during office hours can be quite slow moving, so we used the cheaper and efficient bus transit system instead of hiring expensive cabs. We enjoyed exploring the city, which is known to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world for a tourist.
Written January 2, 2020
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Pbergman
San Diego, CA73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Looking for an easy way to get in from the airport and save money? Try the Canada Line direct from the international airport (YVR) through the downtown area. If you are staying downtown, the train is very easy to find and gets you to many locations through downtown in the areas of Yaletown, Vancouver City Center, and Waterfront (on the North side) Located on Burrard Inlet between downtown’s historic Gastown and Canada Place, Waterfront Station is the sole northern terminus station of Canada Line as well as of the West Coast Express, Expo Line and Seabus.

The trip takes about 30 minutes and costs about $9.50 CDN per person.

To catch the Canada Line, pickup your bags on level 2 and head out toward public transportation. The train is located on level 3 across the street.

You can get a ticket at the station via the automated kiosks with cash and credit card. Note, if going downtown, you will want to get a 2 zone ticket. If you only get a 1 zone ticket, you may need to pay more when you exit.
Written June 27, 2022
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Adam G
Montreal, Canada4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Lots of 5 stars reviews in here, I don't understand why. I mean have left the hotel once. My impression of Vancouver was really one of price gouging. From books to food, the cost of regular things here is much higher than what I've seen, even in Toronto. I would recommend most people to avoid going on Hasting st and some parts of downtown, too many addicted people in the street and they are NOT friendly. Even in the bus I didn't feel safe but more as if I was in a Walking Dead episode. The #16 bus itself smelled like a sun baked trash bin. My heart goes out for all bus driver in that city.
This place looks like a city in China, but many parts of it are more akin to a third world country. If you don't believe me just Google Hasting st Vancouver and look at the shanty town. All in all, we wanted to see, we saw, we smelled and now thank God we are leaving and we won't ever come back.
Written October 1, 2022
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DogPerson
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
If you are trying to get away from snow and cold, Vancouver is not a bad place to be. Unfortunately, the city's charm is declining rapidly as glass and steel condos replace old historical homes and buildings.

Also, the transit system does not allow your dogs on board as regular passengers and cabs will often not take them so travel around the city is difficult if you want to take your best friends with you.

Grocery stores downtown are also way over priced. You will work very hard trying to find a deal here. This is not a place to come shopping.

Make plans to go to the woods and suspension bridges, go rafting or kayaking to get out of the concrete jungle and into the green.
Written February 29, 2020
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leightayl0r
West Vancouver, Canada302 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Vancouver downtown is not an unusually large area and one can easily walk to Stanley Park and the aquarium (along the seawall is very pleasant and scenic) or through Yaletown (lots of restaurants) to the small ferrys to Granville Island (a great market). Walking from the wonderful Art Gallery along Robson Street (shops and restaurants) all the way to Denman and up Denman (lots more restaurants) to English Bay would take a little more than an hour. But all these walks are worth it.
Written March 22, 2020
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spud0018
Mississauga, Canada790 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
So much to see and you can shop to your hearts content. Wear good walking shoes!! A huge variety of stores including many high end stores that you don't see elsewhere in Canada. So difficult to choose where to eat - so many options. Very busy! It is sad to see the juxtaposition of rich and poor though in this city - East Hastings is eye opening to drive through (don't recommend walking through this area).
Written August 7, 2021
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A B
Toronto45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Business
With Vancouver being such a walkable city it’s always a pleasure to conduct business downtown. Safe and easy to get around. It is however expensive when it comes to accommodations. Hate the rainy springs but love that I never have to pack an umbrella as city hotels always have you covered.
Written February 11, 2020
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RubyW
Sydney, Australia12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We were blessed with a great tour guide from Vancouver Greeters. He met us on our first morning in Vancouver and we walk for 4 hours in the wet gloomy morning around Vancouver Downtown, we did get a few brief glimpse of sunlight breaking through. He gave a great overview of the downtown area. He explained the history of the different landmark, the best continental biscuit on Davies Street and what makes Vancouver ticks. We learnt so much in the 4 hours, we walk up Davies Street, all the way to Canada Place, saw the Steam Clock in Gastown, walk briefly through Chinatown and check out the shortest building there. Walk through the free part of Dr Sun Yat Sen Garden and on to Olympic Park and False Creek. We did stop for cheese cake and coffee at W. Hasting St. Lunch was at Olympic park and we then took a ferry to Granville Island. The ferry ride provides us a good view of downtown Vancouver from the creek.
If you happened to visit Vancouver, I suggest contacting Vancouver Greeters and they will put you in touch with one of the volunteer guides and it is so much better to see Vancouver with the help of a local.
Written February 20, 2020
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Hari A
Delta, Canada660 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Although I live in a suburb about 25 minutes to the city, as soon as I approach the downtown area of Vancouver I appreciate natures beauty. Separated by patches of water with a back drop of snow capped mountains I admire the architecture of the tall towers that have added to the beauty of this city. The downtown core is easily accessible by walk or bicycles. Stanley Park, Beach Avenue, Gastown, Robson, Granville Island - oh, there is so much to do especially in the summer when it's warm and bright!¬
Written March 21, 2021
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Christopher N
Nottingham, UK4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
The setting of Vancouver along the ocean and fringed by mountains is lovely. However, this is a city with problems! Homeless and drug addicted people are everywhere and parts of the city are definite ‘no go areas’. Added to this, a number of daytime shootings do not make this a pleasant city to visit. There are a few interesting sites to visit but the overall and lasting impression is the terrible homeless situation - conditions one would expect to find in a third world country.
Written August 11, 2022
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