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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.

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 $124 per night

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! (1,559 reviews)

"Great location, clean room, friendly staff, and pool was super bonus! Would definitely stay again!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Rosedale On Robson Suite Hotel
Rosedale Condominiums
Rosedale Condominiums
3.5 out of 5
838 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is $112 per night

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

4/5Very Good! (1,367 reviews)

"I enjoyed everything about the property! Clean,fast service,amazing customer service!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 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 a 15-minute walk of Granville Street, BC Place Stadium, and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. St. Paul's Hospital and ...

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

Located in Yaletown, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Vancouver International Film Centre, BC Place Stadium, and Rogers Arena. Queen Elizabeth ...

Yaletown 2bd, Water View, Pool, Hot Tub, Gym, Steam, Steps to Seawall
D11 - Tastefully Furnished One Bedroom in Yaletown
D11 - Tastefully Furnished One Bedroom in Yaletown
Vancouver, BC

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

D11 - Tastefully Furnished One Bedroom in Yaletown
★ 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 10-minute walk of BC Place Stadium, Rogers Arena, and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Robson Street and Orpheum ...

★ Private Bedroom & Bathroom in Shared Apartment ★ Prime Location Yaletown

Popular places to visit in Yaletown

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
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Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

You can spend time browsing the exhibits at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre during your travels in Vancouver. Stroll along the waterfront or experience the fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal
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Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal

4.5/5(1,096 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Vancouver with a trip to Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal. Discover the beautiful sunsets and top-notch restaurants in this vibrant area.

Canada Place
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Canada Place

4.5/5(1,514 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.

University of British Columbia
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University of British Columbia

4.5/5(593 reviews)

Walk around the campus of University of British Columbia, a top college in Vancouver. Discover the beautiful sunsets and shops in this vibrant area.

Stanley Park
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Stanley Park

4.5/5(2,468 reviews)

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

Rogers Arena
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Rogers Arena

4.5/5(351 reviews)

Catch an event at Rogers Arena during your trip to Vancouver. Discover the top-notch restaurants and acclaimed art scene in this vibrant area.

Top things to do in Yaletown

Food Tour with Tastings in Historic Gastown
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Food Tour with Tastings in Historic Gastown

90% of travellers recommend
$68
Per adult
Grand City Sightseeing Tour in Vancouver
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Grand City Sightseeing Tour in Vancouver

90% of travellers recommend
$110
Per adult
Stanley Park Bicycle Tour
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Stanley Park Bicycle Tour

96% of travellers recommend
$51
Per adult
Victoria by Seaplane & Ferry
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Victoria by Seaplane & Ferry

94% of travellers recommend
$210
Per adult
North Van Shipyards Food Tour
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North Van Shipyards Food Tour

88% of travellers recommend
$55
Per adult
Plaza Premium Lounge at Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
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Plaza Premium Lounge at Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

$42
Per adult

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Downtown Vancouver

4.5/5Wonderful!(4,711 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 Robson Street and Queen Elizabeth Theatre are major draws. Catch the metro at Vancouver City Center Station or Burrard Station to see more of the city.

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2.5/5(4 area reviews)

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4.5/5Wonderful!(83 area reviews)

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3.5/5Good!(150 area reviews)

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Gastown
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Coal Harbour