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Location

Located along the East-Side of Vancouver’s Harbour and bordering Gastown, Vancouver’s East-Side is hosts some of Vancouver's oldest and most historical buildings. However, because of many economic forces during the 1920s including industrialization, Vancouver’s East Side can get a bad rep for drugs, prostitution and homelessness.

Recreation

Vancouver Police Museum and Archives

Spend a day at one of Vancouver’s best museums exploring exciting policies exhibits and artifacts. Located in a historic building along Cordova Street, Vancouver's Police Museum only costs around $8-12.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Surround yourself in scenic beauty and get a glimpse of Vancouver's popular cultural heritage site at this Chinese garden. They even offer tours and decent pricing rates.

CRAB Park at Portside

Overlook the Vancouver Harbour or enjoy some recreation with CRAB Park’s green spaces, sculptures, and playgrounds. This park is perfect for any day, rain or shine!

Chinese Cultural Centre Museum

Learn about the history of Chinatown and Vancouver’s Chinese community at the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum. This museum scores 4.4 stars on Google ratings and is a fantastic visit for all ages.

Vancouver Urban Winery

‘Wine-down’ after a long day at the Vancouver Urban Winery. Here, taste some of Vancouver’s best and freshest wine while getting to know what goes in each batch of hand-crafted wine bottles.

Around the Corner

Gastown

Strathcona

Yaletown

Coal Harbour

BC Place Stadium

Waterfront Train Station

Coal Harbour

Science World

China Town

Education

Strathcona Montessori Preschool

Eagles Nest Preschool

Lord Strathcona Elementary School

Admiral Seymour Elementary School

Crosstown Elementary School

Rogue High School

Vancouver Film School

Vancouver Japanese Language School

Saint James Music Academy

Transportation

Walk: Walking is the most preferred mode of transportation as Vancouver’s East-side is located downtown Vancouver. However, because of the homelessness problem in this area, it is advised to be cautious when walking, especially at night time. Bike: Biking is another preferred mode of transportation for the area, is located downtown, however, but since the area does have higher crime rates than other Vancouver areas, a bike lock is recommended. However, if you want to be careful, Vancouver has a bike share option Shaw Mobi Bikes, where you do not have to worry about the potential theft of your bike. Bus: With many bus routes, times and stops, the bus can be very handy for this area. Train: There are two train stations not directly in Vancouver’s East Side, but adjacent. These two stops are Waterfront Station and Stadium Chinatown Station which are within walking distance. Car: Driving congestion is better in Vancouver’s East-Side in comparison to other downtown locations like Yaletown and Gastown, however, parking rates can still be pricey. Car Share: Evo Car Share and Zip Car shares are available in Vancouver’s Downtown East-Side.

Restaurant & Retail

The Mackenzie Room

Enjoy trendy American eats, craft beer and cocktails at this popular Vancouver restaurant located on 415 Powell Street, Vancouver

Cuchillo

Dine-in with Latin American entrees, art, and industrial-chic surroundings. This 4.5-star Google-rated restaurant located at 261 Powell Street, Vancouver will be sure to have you back again and again for more.

St Lawrence Restaurant

Enjoy classic, high-end French dishes right in your own neighborhood! Located at 269 Powell Street, the St. Lawerence Restaurant is a favorite among many locals.