RUNVAN®, Run Yaletown

Photo: Nelson Mouellic / Tourism Vancouver

The neighbourhood of Yaletown is one of the five oldest in Vancouver – along with Chinatown, Strathcona, Downtown Eastside and Gastown. Yaletown, now one of the most densely populated districts of Vancouver, began as an industrialized area during the 1900s. Like many other neighbourhoods in the city, the Canadian Pacific Railway played a major role in the origin of Yaletown. The name of the area came about when the railway repair shops and the workers moved to Vancouver from Yale. Close access to the water and the railway company spurred the growth of many factories and warehouses in Yaletown during the 1900s.

Yaletown began to transform into the current combination of high-rise condominiums and historical brick houses after Vancouver hosted Expo ‘86. With new apartments overlooking the marina, easy access to public transportation, and trendy cafes along the streets, Yaletown is now a popular hub for people to live, work, and play. In recent years, tech start-ups have gathered in this area, occupying room in the restored brick houses.

Half Marathoners experience Yaletown between marks 7KM-10KM during the course of the race!

The Sights

Yaletown hosts many of Vancouver’s iconic buildings. Science World is may be seen from Yaletown, as well as the city’s two major sports facilities, Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadium. Vancouver’s famous seawall extends to Yaletown, giving runners a great course along False Creek. Half Marathon runners experience 2KM of the bustling streets of this rapidly growing neighbourhood and take in the architectural blend of the past and current times of Yaletown.

Explore Yaletown


The waterfront parks are a big draw in Yaletown. The city’s seawall runs right along the water, connecting two of the city’s biggest green spaces: David Lam Park and George Wainborn Park. Here you will find locals walking, jogging, biking or inline-skaring, and enjoying the diverse public art sprinkled along the waterfront.

Photo: Nelson Mouellic / Tourism Vancouver


Yaletown’s old redbrick warehouses were originally built to include exterior platforms to allow for easy loading of textiles onto trains. Those same platforms, are now repurposed as sunny, urban patios for the perfect brunch, afternoon drinks and summertime dinners. Yaletown is a great place for a celebratory seafood dinner, a relaxed bistro meal, or a family-friendly feast. There are lots of dining options, making it easy to stroll the area first before choosing a restaurant. Yaletown is a lively neighbourhood to spend the evening.

Photo: Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) / Tourism Vancouver


Yaletown offers noteworthy many diverse shopping options. This neighbourhood is the best place to find small, locally-owned fashion boutiques and high-end galleries. Yaletown is the neighbourhood of choice for urban trendsetters.

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