Neighbourhood Guide


East Side, Vancouver

The renewed interest in Strathcona has generated a mix of trendy retail stores and cool cafes stretched along rows of funky warehouse buildings and has become a bit of a hipster hideout.

Welcome to Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood.

It has history, a lot of history. As you walk the streets you quickly realize that pieces of that history still stand today. The community is proud of it's diversity and it shows within the residents and businesses alike.

How best to describe Strathcona in a nutshell – It’s got an old school neighbourhood feel with a trendy inner city twist. It’s an area where children roam free, dogs chase frisbees, and people hold yard sales and join in the annual grilled cheese sandwich day. Row houses run with the massive tree-lined streets and merge with century old heritage homes and warehouse buildings. It’s an pedestrian-friendly hood where home made signs tell cars passing by to slow down.
Quaint & quirky, this historic hood is a place where you can spend days uncovering so many hidden gems.

On The Map

Strathcona is located on the east side of Vancouver and bordered by Downtown East, Hastings, Grandview Woodlands and Mount Pleasant East.


MacLean Park is the popular greenspace in the community.

There's always happening in MacLean Park. At any given time you'll see weddings, festivals, community events and Sunday soccer games.

Centrally located Strathcona Park is dog-friendly area with a multitude of amenities on hand including tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, running track and a skateboard park. The western edge of the park is dedicated to the Strathcona community gardens.


The oldest community has one of the original community centres.

It's a place where the community can meet, share and join in recreational activities, socialize and become involved.

The Strathcona Community Centre is heavily entrenched in the community.  The centre offers a wide range of programs and events for all ages as well as childcare, preschool, a playground and a fitness centre. The fitness centre has a full range of equipment, from machines to free weights, and offers personal training services.

Lord Strathcona Elementary, the oldest school in Vancouver, and Admiral Seymour Elementary are the two elementary schools in the area.  For high school students,  Britannia Secondary School is a great choice and is connected a plethora of amenities.


Uber-cool, one-of-a-kind shops and services dot the neighbourhood.

From vintage shops, bustling breweries and boho cafes, there's so much to see and do in Strathcona.

With the community bordering Chinatown and only minutes away from trendy Gastown, you have endless options for dining and shopping. Strathcona Beer is a standout in the neighbourhood and serves up some delicious beers and bites. 

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