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Coal
Coal
Harbour is the name for a section of Burrard Inlet
Burrard Inlet
lying between Vancouver, Canada's downtown peninsula and the Brockton Peninsula of Stanley Park. It has also now become the name of the neighbourhood adjacent to its southern shoreline.

Contents

1 Neighbourhood

1.1 Features

2 History 3 References 4 External links

Neighbourhood[edit] Coal
Coal
Harbour is used to designate the relatively new official neighbourhood of the City of Vancouver
Vancouver
bounded by roughly Burrard Street and Pender near the Financial District to West Georgia Street near the West End in the south to Stanley Park
Stanley Park
in the north. The neighbourhood consists of numerous high-rise residential apartment and condo towers with luxury townhome podiums catering to the upper-crust. Features[edit] The northwestern section near Stanley Park
Stanley Park
features picturesque parkland, private marinas, several rowing and boating clubs, high-end shoppes and restaurants, and a community centre designed by architect Gregory Henriquez. To the east is Deadman's Island, the site of the naval station and museum HMCS Discovery, where the harbour itself opens up to the Burrard Inlet. Towards the Financial District in the southeast, the neighbourhood is dominated by high-rise office buildings, hotels and numerous apartment towers. Immediately south lies Vancouver's Luxury Zone along Alberni Street. Coal
Coal
Harbour is home to Vancouver
Vancouver
Harbour Water Aerodrome, located a few blocks from Canada
Canada
Place and the Vancouver
Vancouver
Convention Centre. Within the harbour is a floating gas station for marine vessels. The six floating homes in Coal
Coal
Harbour, along with the twelve across town in False Creek
False Creek
are the only legal floating homes within the city of Vancouver.[citation needed]

Coal
Coal
Harbour residential skyscrapers (on the right) from Stanley Park, with the financial district (on the left) and the rest of Downtown Vancouver
Vancouver
(in the background)

History[edit] The discovery of coal in the harbour in 1862
1862
inspired the name. In the days when the area along West Pender Street was an upper-class residential district, Coal
Coal
Harbour was known as Blueblood Alley because of the many large mansions along it. Notable inhabitants and developments in Coal
Coal
Harbour's past include:

Squamish settlements, notably on Deadman Island, Brockton Point and Lumberman's Arch. In 1862
1862
minor exploration began of the visible coal seams on the flank of the bluff overlooking the harbour, first noted by Captain Vancouver. This bluff was approximately where most of West Hastings Street is today. The coal was low-grade, but its occurrence in clays similar to porcelain-making clays of the English Midlands led to the staking of what is known as the Brickmaker's Claim by the Three Greenhorns. The Brickmaker's Claim is now the West End. No clay was ever mined nor porcelain ever made, but one of the Greenhorns was the developer of the clay mine and brickworks at Clayburn on Sumas Mountain near Abbotsford. A settlement of Kanakas (Hawaiians) near today's Bayshore Inn and the eastern end of Lost Lagoon
Lost Lagoon
was known as the Kanaka Rancherie, or the Cherry Orchard due to its many cherry trees. The area is now called Devonian Harbour Park, and memorial cherry trees have been planted there in memory of AIDS victims. the Vancouver
Vancouver
Boating Club, now Vancouver
Vancouver
Rowing Club, from 1887 (originally at the bottom of the bluff at the foot of Howe Street) the Pacific Lumber Mill Company in the late 19th century The Royal Vancouver
Vancouver
Yacht Club (their first clubhouse floated in Coal Harbour at the foot of Cardero street in 1903) Denman Arena
Denman Arena
was built in 1911 to house the Vancouver
Vancouver
Millionaires professional ice hockey club on the Kanakas Ranch site at Georgia and Denman. The Arena would host the only victory by a Vancouver
Vancouver
team of the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
in 1915. The Denman Auditorium was built adjacent to the Arena in 1927 for concerts and smaller events. The Arena was destroyed by fire in 1936. The Auditorium remained in use until its demolition in 1959. Boeing Canada's Seaplane and Boat Factory beginning in the 1910s; (they purchased the Hoffar-Beeching Shipyard at 1927 West Georgia in 1929) William Boeing's yacht, the superb Taconite, was built at Hoffars in 1931. the Vancouver
Vancouver
Shipyards through the 1930s the CP Rail
CP Rail
Station & Canadian Pacific Steamships
Canadian Pacific Steamships
passenger terminal/dock The Royal Canadian Air Force began work on a seaplane base and reconnaissance station at Coal
Coal
Harbour in 1940. As part of the war effort, the RCAF turned over its direction finding and intercept facility to the Royal Canadian Navy. Due to an organizational change in 1942, the RCN ratings stationed at Coal
Coal
Harbour and the ones from Ucluelet were withdrawn and moved to Gordon Head near Victoria. Harbour Ferries, a tour-boat and water-taxi service, continues to operate from docks in Coal
Coal
Harbour Howard Hughes, who resided in the top two floors of the Bayshore Inn (Westin Bayshore) for 5 months and 28 days in the 1970s (6 months would have triggered Canadian residency and taxation issues for Mr. Hughes). Denman Arena, an indoor ice arena that stood from 1911-1936. Trader Vic's, for many years held to be Vancouver's best night-out, was launched in a tiki-style hut next to the Bayshore. HMCS Discovery, a naval base on Deadman Island. In 1993 Vancouver
Vancouver
City Council froze applications for development of the Marathon Realty lands between Canada
Canada
Place and the Bayshore Hotel. The company was required to reach an agreement with The First Narrows Floating Co-op, representing floating home and live-aboard boat residents in pre existing marinas, for their inclusion in the redevelopment of the waterfront. Negotiations concluded with the guarantee of space for residents in Coal
Coal
Harbour Marina
Marina
on extended leases.[1]

References[edit]

^ City of Vancouver
Vancouver
zoning of the marina development

External links[edit]

Coal
Coal
Harbour Community Centre Several historical photos of Coal
Coal
Harbour City of Vancouver
Vancouver
Archives (search for "coal harbour") VancouverHistory.ca for historical references Coal
Coal
Harbour Residents Association Map of Coal
Coal
Harbour from Google Maps

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Neighbourhoods in Vancouver, British Columbia

Downtown neighbourhoods

Alberni District Coal
Coal
Harbour Chinatown Davie Village Downtown Eastside English Bay Financial District Gastown Granville Mall and the Granville Entertainment District International Village Japantown Robson Stanley Park Victory Square West End Yaletown

West Side neighbourhoods

Arbutus Ridge Dunbar–Southlands Fairview False Creek Kerrisdale Kitsilano Marpole Oakridge Shaughnessy South Cambie West Point Grey

East Side neighbourhoods

Grandview–Woodland Hastings–Sunrise Kensington–Cedar Cottage Killarney Mount Pleasant Renfrew–Collingwood Riley Park–Little Mountain Strathcona Sunset Victoria–Fraserview

Other locations

Champlain Heights Commercial Drive Granville Island Greektown Little Italy Punjabi Market / Little India South Granville South Main University Endowment Lands Hogan's Alley Stanley Park

Italics indicate neighbourhoods now defunct.

Coordinates: 49°17′35″N 123°07′32″W / 49.29306°N 123.12556°W / 49

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