RUNVAN®, Run West End
Surrounded by beaches, Stanley Park, and the business district of downtown, the West End is a highly populated residential area with great attractions for both locals and visitors. With Vancouver’s prime shopping street, picturesque sandy stretches, and an array of dining options, the West End offers many entertainment options and beautiful sights.
The West End’s history dates back to 1862 when the development of the Canadian Pacific Railway brought many residents and immigrants to the area. By the late 1800’s the neighbourhood had quickly evolved to create the diverse and densely populated area of the West End.
Marathon and Half Marathon participants can enjoy running through 2.5KM of beautiful coastline that the West End offers.
Today, many high-rise condominiums are seen along the shoreline in the West End. The Seawall is the link between the residents, cafés, restaurants, beaches and Stanley Park. The West End also is known for Robson Street, the city’s high-end retail and consumer district, Davie Village, and Denman Street – hubs for the city’s gay community. Each summer, this neighbourhood hosts the Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival, an annual gay pride event celebrated by thousands.
Sunset Beach and English Bay beach are two sandy stretches in the West End that are known for drawing locals and visitors each summer to sunbathe, picnic and watch the annual Celebration of Lights fireworks show.
Directly adjoining Stanley Park, the West End is a great place to start or finish your park explorations. Biking through the neighbourhood, along the Seawall, and into the park is a favourite pastime for locals, and bicycles can easily be rented along Denman Street.
Sunset Beach and English Bay Beach are two sandy beaches known for drawing in locals because of its urban downtown location. These two beaches are also in close proximity to a diverse selection of restaurants – many with patios where you can enjoy your meal with a sunset backdrop.
At English Bay, you can also try renting a kayak or stand-up paddleboarding right along the shores.