When you are here, the Seawall is a must. Rent bikes and go for a cruise down the waterfront path to Stanley Park. If you like to jog, this is also the perfect launch point. It’s no wonder that many of the major running races start and finish right through Coal Harbour as it embodies the essence of West Coast beauty tucked amongst an urban delight. Translation: Don’t be too lazy. Get your butt out there and get some exercise ! It’s good for the mind, the body, and the Coal soul.
The pace here is slow. The green gardens and parks that dot the waterfront are perfect for picnicking, grabbing that morning coffee and just watching the world go by. The ‘hood also draws its quiet nature from the fact that many of the towering condo buildings with foreign investors sit with empty units. Thus the congestion is just not there. And the people that do live there, though wealthy, like the subdued feeling that exists here.
Lavish private yachts give way to the odd cruise ships pulling into Canada Place, giving the edges of the neighbourhood an injection of tourist fervour. But its easy enough to duck a few blocks further towards the Park and you can avoid the mayhem.
Even though there aren’t a ton of options for the dining scene, some of the biggest tourist magnets are here. Places like Lift Bar & Grill and Carderos are not going to blow you away with their culinary prowess. But grabbing a drink and an appey on their spectacular patios is always a fantastic idea.
One of the picturesque meeting spots where selfie-sticks are aplenty is in Jack Poole Plaza, where the Vancouver 2010 Olympic torch still stands amongst the backdrop Adjacent is the Convention Centres that overlook the float plane runways, and the Seabus terminal that takes you over to North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay.
The city of glass moniker that Vancouver gets is never more apparent then in this neighbourhood where most of the more modern office and residential condo towers glisten in the daylight. The view looking back from near the Stanley Park Pavilion captures the breathtaking beauty of Vancouver’s skyline.
To be honest, if you want to shop your heart out, go on a pub crawl, hit up the latest restaurants, and experience culture, this is not your ‘hood. But if you want to be close enough to all that, but really need a getaway that reignites the soul, then an injection of Coal Harbour living is just what the doctor ordered.
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