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Coal Harbour History

Vancouver has a large number of distinct communities that are in part defined by the bodies of water that make up some of their borders.

Coal Harbour comprises of 23 acres and is the waterfront area that connects the downtown core to Stanley Park to the West. It is home to many pleasure craft berthed in several marinas. The area is also home to Vancouver's Rowing Club, established in 1899. The public areas from downtown to Stanley Park are in effect one long promenade which is connected to the Stanley Park Seawall which then continues to and around False Creek, a total approximately 20 kilometers of shoreline public access. The promenade gives Coal Harbour residents easy access to the parks, running and bike trails.

Starting in the late '90's, this was the first residential neighbourhood to be planned and built along Burrard Inlet. The area offers great views of the North Shore mountains, Stanley Park, Lions Gate Bridge and east to Canada Place, which houses Vancouver's Convention Centre and Cruise Ship Terminal. With its close proximity to Stanley Park, Denman Street, Robson Strret and Vancouver's financial core, Coal Harbour has become Vancouver's most sought after waterfront condominium neighbourhood. Many residents take advantage of the short walk to the Business District.

In addition there is an 8 acre waterfront park, a community centre, playgrounds and several restaurants. Float plane service from the foot of Burrard Street allows Coal Harbour residents a convenient means of reaching Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and points beyond. Vancouver's downtown heliport is also just minutes away - making Whistler, Victoria and Seattle (USA) a short helicopter commute from home.

On the west side of Coal Harbour sits Stanley Park, named after Lord Stanley, Governor General of Canada. Herein lies one of Vancouver's oldest hotels, The Bayshore, which is on the waterfront. Howard Hughes held up here in the 1960s! Slightly to the west of the Bayshore lies Bayshore Drive and its 4 condo buildings to the south(1790, 1710, 1680,1650 and 1616 Bayshore Drive) and 2 on the waterfront (1717 and 1777 Bayshore).

Then we pass the Hotel and arrive at 560 Cardero, The Avila and 535 Nicola The Bauhina, which were the next 2 buildings to be built. Sitting east of The Bauhina is Cascina and Denia, totalling four condos in Waterfront Place, with Dockside (Coal Harbour's only live/work condos) behind it.

At Broughton we come to Denia, with its townhomes, across from the Community Centre. Behind the Community Centre is Harbourside Park 1 and 11. To the east of Harbourside Cielo is, which is home to Urban Fare Grocery Store.

On West Pender is Flatiron and The Melville and The Ritz and Sapphire.

2 blocks south, on Thurlow and West Georgia, is North America's first Shangri-la Hotel/Condo, which completed in 2008 and is Vancouver's tallest building at 61 storeys.

The waterfront to the east of the community centre is Escala, followed by Callisto and Carina. East of Bute street is One Harbour Green Place and Two Harbour Green Place. Harbour Green III is to the east. The furthest east on the waterfront is The Shaw Tower and Fairmont Pacific Rim at 1011 West Cordova, which opened in 2010. The extension to The Vancouver Convention Centre sits to the east of FPR and housed the media for 2010 Winter Olympics.

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Coal Harbour Transportation


 Public transit is easily accessible in Coal Harbour and is also inexpensive and eco-friendly. Trip fares start at $2.75 for adults and $1.75 for children (“concession”), and increase if you travel outside of the zone boundary. For more info, visit the Translink website at www.translink.bc.ca.


 Vancouver's Coal Harbour is easily accessible by vehicle. The quickest way Downtown and the Business District is via west georgia street or walk a few blocks along west hastings.

3) Car Sharing

Vancouver has a number of car sharing companies which have designated parking spots and can also park in residential permit-only parking areas. Vancouver car sharing programs: Car2Go, ZipCar, and Modo.

4) Biking

Coal Harbour enjoys the seawall for bikers, or you can bike to the Business District via the dedicated bike lanes

5) Taxi

MacLures Cabs

6) Skytrain

Travel to the Vancouver Airport or eastern suburbs by train. Check the schedule. Catch the train from the Burrard Street Station.

7) Seabus

Going to North Vancouver? Catch the seabus

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