Downtown-Vancouver

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Downtown Vancouver

Right in the heart of downtown, Robson Street is the city’s best known shopping strip. This is where you’ll find the partially-subterranean Pacific Centre mall and big-name stores. Just a block over on Alberni Street is Vancouver’s “luxury row” with international designer brands. But this area is not just about retail therapy – it’s also home to the Vancouver Art Gallery, and at the south end, BC Place Stadium, home to a number of the city’s pro sports teams.

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Vancouver Art Gallery
The Granville Strip
CF Pacific Centre
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Downtown Vancouver

Just over a century ago, Vancouver was a two-block collection of buildings called Granville (now known as Gastown). This location on Burrard Inlet was competing to be the west coast terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway. By 1887, a year after the City of Vancouver was incorporated, the first passenger train arrived at the foot of Howe Street, and future growth was assured. In the next seven years, a building boom began to move the city centre from Water and Cordova Streets up to Georgia and Granville Streets. Streetcar service was initiated in 1890, joining the waterfront to Granville, Pender and Cordova Streets.
The Great Fire of 1886 reduced the vast majority of Vancouver's buildings to ashes. The catastrophe did little to stop development, however. As stumps smoldered, rebuilding began.
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