The neighbourhood of Yaletown is one of the five oldest in Vancouver – along with Chinatown, Strathcona, Downtown Eastside and Gastown. Yaletown, now one of the most densely populated districts of Vancouver, began as an industrialized area during the 1900s. Like many other neighbourhoods in the city, the Canadian Pacific Railway played a major role in the origin of Yaletown. The name of the area came about when the railway repair shops and the workers moved to Vancouver from Yale. Close access to the water and the railway company spurred the growth of many factories and warehouses in Yaletown during the 1900s.
Yaletown began to transform into the current combination of high-rise condominiums and historical brick houses after Vancouver hosted Expo ‘86. With new apartments overlooking the marina, easy access to public transportation, and trendy cafes along the streets, Yaletown is now a popular hub for people to live, work, and play. In recent years, tech start-ups have gathered in this area, occupying room in the restored brick houses.
The neighbourhood also hosts many of Vancouver’s iconic buildings. Science World is may be seen from Yaletown, as well as the city’s two major sports facilities, Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadium. Vancouver’s famous seawall extends to Yaletown, giving runners a great course along False Creek. Half Marathon runners experience 2KM of the bustling streets of this rapidly growing neighbourhood and take in the architectural blend of the past and current times of Yaletown.