Today, Yaletown is known as a trendy destination for eating, drinking, and shopping, but the former Vancouver warehouse district has humble, historical roots.
Located north of False Creek, and bounded by Homer and Robson Streets, the area is named after Yale, British Columbia, which moved its settlement from Fraser Canyon to Vancouver along with the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1887. It was home to industrial-use buildings for nearly a century, until the 1970s and ’80s, when young professionals began arriving, drawn by affordable housing. The neighborhood’s cache further accelerated after it hosted the 1986 World’s Fair.
During the dot-com boom of the late ’90s, start-ups and small web development companies flocked to Yaletown, making it a local technology center (Slack, which was founded in Vancouver in 2014, still has a 21,000-foot office here.) In the years since, the neighborhood has emerged as a thriving residential, business, and cultural district with a knack for reinventing itself. Here are the businesses and owners at the forefront of growing and evolving Yaletown.