Coal Harbour is the name for a section of
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.
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Coal Harbour is used to designate the relatively new official
neighbourhood of the City of
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 in the north. The
neighbourhood consists of numerous high-rise residential apartment and
condo towers with luxury townhome podiums catering to the upper-crust.
The northwestern section near
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 Harbour is home to
Vancouver Harbour Water Aerodrome, located a
few blocks from
Canada Place and the
Vancouver Convention Centre.
Within the harbour is a floating gas station for marine vessels.
The six floating homes in
Coal Harbour, along with the twelve across
False Creek are the only legal floating homes within the city
of Vancouver.
Coal Harbour residential skyscrapers (on the right) from Stanley Park,
with the financial district (on the left) and the rest of Downtown
Vancouver (in the background)
The discovery of coal in the harbour in
1862 inspired the name. In the
days when the area along West Pender Street was an upper-class
Coal Harbour was known as Blueblood Alley
because of the many large mansions along it.
Notable inhabitants and developments in
Coal Harbour's past include:
Squamish settlements, notably on Deadman Island, Brockton Point and
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 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.
Vancouver Boating Club, now
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
Vancouver Yacht Club (their first clubhouse floated in Coal
Harbour at the foot of Cardero street in 1903)
Denman Arena was built in 1911 to house the
professional ice hockey club on the Kanakas Ranch site at Georgia and
Denman. The Arena would host the only victory by a
Vancouver team of
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
William Boeing's yacht, the superb Taconite, was built at Hoffars in
Vancouver Shipyards through the 1930s
CP Rail Station &
Canadian Pacific Steamships
Canadian Pacific Steamships passenger
The Royal Canadian Air Force began work on a seaplane base and
reconnaissance station at
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 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
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.
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.
Vancouver City Council froze applications for development of
the Marathon Realty lands between
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
Marina on extended
^ City of
Vancouver zoning of the marina development
Coal Harbour Community Centre
Several historical photos of
Vancouver Archives (search for "coal harbour")
VancouverHistory.ca for historical references
Coal Harbour Residents Association
Coal Harbour from Google Maps
Neighbourhoods in Vancouver, British Columbia
Granville Mall and the Granville Entertainment District
West Side neighbourhoods
West Point Grey
East Side neighbourhoods
Riley Park–Little Mountain
Punjabi Market / Little India
University Endowment Lands
Italics indicate neighbourhoods now defunct.
Coordinates: 49°17′35″N 123°07′32″W / 49.29306°N
123.12556°W / 49