West Oak opened in the spring of 2013 in the heart of Vancouver’s high end and historic district of Yaletown. There is a lot of history behind the neighborhood of Yaletown, from when it first originated to the flourishing, cosmopolitan atmosphere it is now.
What is Yaletown?
Yaletown was the Western terminus for the Canadian Pacific Railway – a prominent part of Canadian history. The area was first reinvented in 1986 when along the north of False Creek, Vancouver hosted the World’s Fair and the land transformed into a myriad of venues. Since then, that piece of land, alongside the warehouse district near it, have developed into one of Vancouver’s high end and luxurious neighborhoods. Yaletown is now home to eccentric sidewalk cafes, residential lofts, fine cuisine restaurants, a variety of shopping boutiques and rich parks full of greenery. Officially located on the south side of the downtown Vancouver peninsula, Yaletown is bordered by the well-known Homer Street, False Creek and Robson Street.
Activities and Entertainment
Yaletown has a seawall that runs right along the water, making the waterfront parks a main city attraction. The seawall connects two of the biggest green areas in Yaletown: George Wainborn Park and David Lam Park. This provides a booming area that is popular for activities such as walking, jogging, biking or inline skating along the seawall. This is a spot to visit if you’re just dropping by Yaletown and is often sprinkled with locals enjoying the naturistic activities as well as the artistic pieces that are scattered along the waterfront.
As a nod to Yaletown being the Western terminus for the Canadian Pacific Railway, the historical roots of the neighborhood is remembered with the Engine 374 – which pulled the first transcontinental passenger train into the city in 1887 – which is on display at the Roundhouse Community Centre.
Stores and Shopping
The city of Yaletown is renowned for its wide variety of shopping boutiques, offering local shopping options for arts and crafts, souvenirs and high end fashion clothing stores. It is a great place to go window shopping and to see the unique items that each locally-owned stores have to offer. The stores in this neighborhood range from designer homewares to fashion with a hint of quirkiness that makes shopping fun.
Eating and Drinking
There used to be a warehouse district near the land that was reinvented back in 1986. Those old redbrick warehouses were built to include exterior platforms to accommodate for the loading of textiles on trains to be sent to the east. Those same platforms got repurposed into sunny, urban patios for summertime dinners, afternoon drinks and morning brunches. There are a variety of restaurants and bars sprinkled through Yaletown where one can enjoy a relaxed bistro lunch, a family-friendly meal and more. The additions of bars and lounges make the Yaletown nightlife a vibrant one, with their cocktail scenes, luxurious lounges and dance clubs.
Come visit Yaletown and take a stroll through its parks and shopping boutiques while perusing the various dining options that are available to you!