Bounded by Nelson, Homer, Drake, and Pacific streets, Yaletown is considered by many to be the “trendy” area in the city to work and live in. It has art galleries, retail stores, restaurants, offices, and residential developments, often as lofts. Yaletown’s unique look and atmosphere originates from its role as the warehouse district for the city, to aid the Canadian Pacific Railway. In fact, it got its name when the CPR moved its construction equipment and repair shops from Yale in the Fraser Canyon to what is now considered Yaletown—then, the western terminus of Vancouver. Many industrial buildings, warehouses, and working-class houses were constructed, which have since been repurposed as offices, restaurants, and popular nightspots.
The old redbrick warehouses were purpose built: they had exterior platforms that allowed for the easy loading of cargo onto trains. Now, these platforms are used as patios for bistros and restaurants, which accentuate the young, trendy vibe of the neighbourhood.
Loft-style homes, modern high-rise apartments, heritage buildings, and renovated high rise apartment buildings are common, which take advantage of the views of the English Bay and the inlet.