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COAL HARBOUR is the name for a section of Burrard Inlet lying between Vancouver
Vancouver
, Canada's downtown peninsula and the Brockton Peninsula of Stanley Park
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

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

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

HISTORY

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
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
Coal
Harbour at the foot of Cardero street in 1903) * 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 ">

* ^ City of Vancouver
Vancouver
zoning of the marina

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