Downtown Coal Harbor was once a shipyard for the industrial center and was also close to the railway terminus. Now it’s a haven for watching float planes take off and for watching boats pass by. There are numerous waterfront pubs and small stores along the seawall.
Stroll along Water Street and you’ll enter Gas Town. It is the oldest district and its Victorian charm will wheel you in with its old architecture, boutiques, and vintage lamp posts. It was founded by John ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton in 1867. In the center of Gas Town is an old steam clock that still works.
East of downtown is Chinatown. Vancouver’s Chinese population originally made the journey to work in the mines and build the Trans-Canadian railway. You’ll find classic Asian specialty shops and cruisine.
Commercial Drive runs through the center of town. Lovely old ‘Queen Anne’ style homes remain on either side of the main road. You’ll find a diversity of cruisine.
Like most cities, Vancouver is growing. Foreign markets have bought many of the local homes and are tearing them down to build high rises and expensive condos, etc. For the average person, it is no longer feasible to live in the areas due to the high prices. It’s a great place to visit though.