As you transition from downtown Vancouver into Coal Harbour you will find a very relaxed neighborhood with beautiful coastal and mountain views with just the right mix of tourists and locals. One of the best places to take a morning stroll as you will be able to walk or run along the marina and engage with and learn about the community. When you are ready for that boost of caffeine, then you can stop at a variety of Cafes which include: Bellaggio Cafe, Cafe Villaggio, Giovane Cafe, Take Five Cafe and 6 Degrees Eatery.
Explore Vancouver’s Coal Harbour
Walking The Stanley Park Seawall
Yes, you are ready for a 9km walk around the seawall. Grab your coffee from Six Degrees Eatery, review the lunch menu and make a note of what you will order once you return. As you walk from Coal Harbour to the Sea Wall, you will find endless stretches of walkways and greenery. Along the seawall, you will find lots’ of birds, deserted beaches, miniature inukshuks, regular size inukshuks, the Siwash Rock, totem poles, the Brockton Point LightHouse and Sea Otters for sure.
Vancouver Convention Centre
One of the largest convention centres in Canada, the Vancouver Convention Centre is an unexpected tourist hub. Offering one of the best harbour views in the entire city it’s easy to spend the day enjoying a coffee or some champagne while you explore and watch the ships and float planes going by. The Vancouver Convention Centre is also the starting point for the 32km Seawall that surrounds the area and features plenty of public art alongside interpretive plaques that provide visitors with a sense of the harbour’s history.
Coming Soon – The Vancouver Maritime Museum
The Vancouver Maritime Museum is looking to move from its current location on the coast of the english bay and it looks like it’ll be calling Coal Harbour home, Look out for the upcoming development where the Bayshore Inn currently stands.
Places To Eat In Coal Harbour
It should come as no surprise that the casually cool Coal Harbour is home to a variety of unique low key dining experiences with something to offer every craving and cuisine. Here are a few local restaurants that are a must visit for any foodie, stop by and check them out!
Know for a super friendly atmosphere with tasty food moderately priced and inexpensive wine list, Most people eat here because of the unbeatable ocean and mountain views. Reservation strongly recommended. If you are ready for lunch then make sure to grab their salmon sandwich and French fries.
Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods is a family owned business thats passionate about creating fresh, healthy, delicious food. They are a casual counter service spot that will bring a lot of color to your lunch or dinner with their selection of salads, sandwiches, and soups. Load up your plate with a mix of their fresh salads, or check out the daily soups or sandwiches on special. Make sure to try their grilled avocado side!
Heritage Asian Eatery
Right in the centre of Vancouver’s Financial District you’ll find Heritage Asian Eatery, a relaxed counter service restaurant that combines traditional far east flavours with local ingredients and modern techniques to create a new instant classic comfort food. The soft Bao Buns stuffed with your choice of sausage made in house or savory mushrooms are a must try.
History of Coal Harbour
In 1884 Coal Harbour became the official Western Canadian terminal for the Canadian Pacific Railway around the same time that Vancouver became a town. Its proximity to the new town brought rapid expansion to the area, but the town was destroyed by fire in 1886, nearly taking Coal Harbour with it.
Following the rebuilding of Vancouver, the towns first mayor David Oppenheimer requested that the government set aside 1,000 acres for a public park along the edge of Coal Harbour. It’s what we know today as Stanley Park, taking its name from Canada’s Governor General at the time, Lord Stanley.
Did you know:
In the mid-1800s, the Royal Navy was looking for a deep-sea sheltered port to serve the Lower Mainland. Moogk says Burrard Inlet was the choice, and the Stanley Park peninsula was in an obvious position to protect it. The peninsula was designated as a military reserve, with survey work beginning in 1859. It didn’t become Stanley Park until 1886.