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Live the city life without listening to the city noise in this oceanfront neighbourhood


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Coal Harbour is an eloquent oceanfront hub of Vancouver known more for it’s quiet corners than its bustling nightlife. It is one of the only locations within downtown Vancouver in which to live the city life without listening to the city noise. Whether it’s the residents themselves who create the calming effect of Coal Harbour, or the ocean’s ability to muffle the city sounds, it is truly a serene location to call home.

Few are aware of its history, but Coal Harbour is truly named after its origin of harbouring coal back in 1859. However, there was never a commercial mine set up in the area! Coal Harbour was actually a harbour for lumber, and was utilized as a shipping location, and a railway route – due to it being perfectly situated on the edge of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s terminus.

In 1950 the shipyards were destroyed by a fire, but this laid the way for The Westin Bayshore to take root in 1961. This hotel stuck out as a singular structure until the 90’s, when residential and commercial properties started to layer the landscape as well – creating the beautiful community of Coal Harbour.

As far as things to see in Coal Harbour, this is a community destination worthy of the destination itself. The quiet nature of the area is largely due to the fact that it is mostly the scenery people come for along the seawall. From the floatplane docks, to the boat docks …this entire area is afloat with beauty and bays well worth a visit, or an investment in real estate luxury!

Your Next Downtown Destination

Harbour Green Park is the perfect spot to perch yourself on for a Sunday afternoon picnic, with views of the water and North Shore mountains.

Or, leave the picnic basket at home and head over to The Mill Marine Bistro where you will find a delightful secret under Cordova St @ Broughton accessed through the seawall entrance. With a patio for people watching and pints-o-plenty, it’s a great spot to unwind or to start the night off for your next downtown destination.

Cactus Club Coal Harbour is a local Vancouver favourite, no matter what corner of the city you’re from. With a West Coast inspired menu and a variety of cocktails to choose from, this dining destination is a great and affordable dining choice in the area. Don’t miss the outdoor space, complete with cozy fire pits for summer nights dining al fresco.

Other dining gems include: Hapa Izakaya – a Japanese tapas lounge. Cardero’s – a upscale pub and restaurant combo located directly on the water at the end of Cardero Street.

Views as Delicious as the Food

Lift Bar and Grill is another dining location that can only be accessed via the seawall, and one that hovers over the water with breathtaking views of Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains.

The view is about as delicious as the food at the local hotel dining spots within Coal Harbour, which include: ORU Restaurant at the Fairmont Pacific Rim; Preston’s in the Coast Coal Harbour; Seawall Bar and Grill at the Westin Bayshore; and Tableau at the Loden Hotel. Grab a meal and spend the night, or simply enjoy a drink before heading back to your Coal Harbour home.

The Convention Centre West is also a beautifully expanded space that is worth mentioned as a Coal Harbour destination, and was added on to for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. It’s known as a “green building”, and is accompanied by a green roof that maintains the lush green landscape Vancouver is so well known for.


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Buying property in Downtown Vancouver delivers on appeal no matter which community you look at. Whether you are seeking a condo in the high-end dining and shopping district of Yaletown or False Creek to the south, prefer the quiet nature of the Burrard Inlet to the north, enjoy the appeal of the Beach District, the history of Gastown or the culturally rich Chinatown – these are just a few Van City favourites. Along with Crosstown, the West End, Stanley Park, and of course the esteemed Coal Harbour …each neighbourhood offers a setting all its own and is chalk-a- block filled with residential buying options!

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