Strathcona is Vancouver’s oldest community and is currently undergoing an exciting revitalization. The area is loosely bordered by the Burrard Inlet, False Creek, historic Chinatown. It is home to the first school of Vancouver, the Hastings Sawmill School. Many homes in the neighbourhood are 19th and 20th century heritage housing, making it a prime area for young families who are looking to purchase and restore these homes. Because of the architectural history of these homes, many of them have been granted the honour of “heritage” housing. Row homes were the flavour of the time, and many of them are getting a new life via restoration. Also, the recent gentrification of the neighbourhood has meant an influx of many mid- to high-rises popping up in the area, with prices much more affordable than neighbouring communities, such as Yaletown. The area is also well-known for up and coming restaurants as well as some amazing coffee hot spots. See below for details.

  Strathcona Highlights

  • Strathcona encompasses Chinatown.
  • Neighbouring Gastown and Chinatown neighbourhoods (part of Vancouver East).
  • East Hastings Street provides quick access out of the city.
  • MacLean Park offers lots green space while Strathcona Park is a good option for dog walking.
  • Multiple smaller and more intimate dining options including high end and casual.
  • Ethnic Dining: Campagnolo, Phnom Penh,  Tapas Lounge, Bodega on Main, The Union, Kissa Tanto.
  • Cafes: The Wilder Snail, La Casa Gelato, Prototype Coffee.
  • Craft Beer + food: Strathcona Beer house, Container Brewing, Strange Fellows Brewing
  • Must visit: 100 year old corner store Benny’s Italian Food Market.
  • Strathcona Community Centre, Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre and Strathcona Fitness Centre.
  • 60 percent of residents report Chinese as their mother tongue, with English at 24 percent
  • Schools: Admiral Seymour and Lord Strathcona Elementary Schools (K-7).



Urban Professionals  Heriage Homes Coffee Crowd Artistic Gentrification


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Strathcona is bordered by Main Street to the west, Clark Drive to the east, the CN Railway yards to the south and north to the Vancouver harbour. Strathcona shares borders with Chinatown and Gastown on the west and Main Street's Mount Pleasant to the south.


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