West End, Vancouver
davie . denman . robson
Vancouver’s West End is a dynamic part of the stunning downtown peninsula, home to three great commercial streets, high density residential dwellings, gorgeous sandy beaches and some of the city’s best restaurants, shopping, nightlife and accommodations.
Vancouver’s West End is one of the city’s most cosmopolitan and vibrant neighbourhoods, situated on the breathtaking peninsula that forms downtown Vancouver. Bordered by gorgeous sandy beaches, Stanley Park and the shining glass towers of downtown, the West End is a must-see part of any visit to Vancouver.
Home to three distinct commercial streets, each with its own unique characteristics, you could easily spend several days in this dynamic area and not see it all. A wide range of accommodation options offer something for everyone, whether an upscale full service hotel, smaller boutique-style property, or a local bed and breakfast.
Step outside your lodgings near upper Davie Street and you will find yourself in Davie Village, the world-renowned hub for Vancouver’s LGBT Community, offering a great selection of pubs, nightclubs, shops and services. Also home to an eclectic mix of affordable eateries, a culinary excursion in Davie Village will take you to the four corners of the globe within its three and half block stroll.
Lower Davie Street and Denman Street converge on the edge of spectacular English Bay and Stanley Park. Grab a spot on one of the sunny patios overlooking the bay, relax under Canada’s largest outdoor stretch of palm trees, walk the Seawall, rent a bike, or spend hours exploring the vast array of restaurants and unique retail outlets.
As Denman Street meets Lower Robson Street, you will find yourself in yet another fascinating world to explore. Delicatessens, bakeries, pizzerias, noodle shops and a wide range of Asian-inspired eateries are just some of the delightful offerings just steps from the front doors of popular area hotels.
Large scale world-class annual events in the West End include the Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival, celebrating 39 years in 2017, as well as the spectacular Honda Celebration of Light international fireworks competition. The longest running offshore international fireworks competition in the world, now in its 27th year, will feature Japan, the United Kingdom and Canada on separate nights, with the final night, August 5, taking place Pride weekend.
To find out more about this intriguing part of Vancouver’s colourful mosaic, be sure to visit the West End Business Improvement Association web site: www.westendbia.com
One of the most popular summertime events in the city is back as free outdoor movies return to Stanley Park this summer! “Stanley Park is the jewel in the crown of Vancouver, and has proven to be one of the most perfect locations to host a free summer movie night that the whole family can enjoy,” said Jason Bashnick, Fresh Air Cinema festival organizer. “People love the experience of watching a free movie under the stars. This year is going to be bigger, and even better – with many brand-new activities and one of the best movie lineups we’ve ever curated. There’ll be something special for everyone.”