With its scenic views, mild climate, and electric west coast vibe, Vancouver is known around the world as one of the best places to live. Downtown Vancouver is the city’s most cosmopolitan area consisting of a number of neighbourhoods.
Downtown is bounded by the Burrard Inlet to the north, False Creek and the popular district of Yaletown to the south. The West End neighbourhood and world-renowned Stanley Park are to the west and the historic districts of Gastown and Chinatown are to the east. Downtown Vancouver is home to the financial and entertainment districts, sports venues, and several vibrant residential communities.
The city’s financial district, located near West Hastings and Burrard streets encompasses 60% of the region’s office space. It is home to headquarters of forest products and mining companies as well as branches of national and international banks, accounting and law firms, malls, and luxury hotels.
The downtown core also contains the city’s major sporting facilities, Rogers Arena and the BC Place Stadium. The NHL’s Vancouver Canucks play at Rogers Arena, while the CFL’s BC Lions and the MLS’s Vancouver Whitecaps FC use the neighbouring BC Place Stadium.
Downtown Vancouver’s picturesque setting is unique to many other city centers, with a coastal mountain backdrop and waterfront on all sides. BMO Vancouver Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon and 8KM runners enjoy a total of 10KM through downtown on May 3rd.
Runners are also able to reconnect with friends and family at the Finish Line Street Festival on West Hastings. The Street Festival celebration features food, drinks and live entertainment!