The bustling, colourful and diverse community at the heart of Vancouver.
It’s hard to picture today, but the area we recognize as Main Street was Vancouver’s first suburb. It was initially known as Westminster Avenue and it lay directly south of the downtown core which was then positioned at Main and Hastings.
Today, this area is a very diverse neighbourhood right at the centre of the city…running a couple blocks on either side of Main Street from 16th Ave to 49th Ave. While much of the northern end of this region is commonly referred to as Main Street, the area north of 33rd is also commonly referred to as Little Mountain/Riley Park.
At it’s southern border, Main and 49th, the community has been traditionally anchored by the East Indian community and is also known as the Punjabi market. In recent years, this population has been moving to Surrey so many of the long standing businesses in this area have moved and store fronts are empty and the area appears to be at the cusp of shifting it’s identity.
Many are drawn to Main Street due to it’s convenient positioning at the centre of the city. You can’t get any closer to downtown without being in the downtown core. Main Street offers a step between downtown living and a long commute to the suburbs. The community is a draw for it’s eclectic mix of dining and shopping options that are not the standard mall options. There is also an excellent sense of community where neighbours still know one another, block parties are common and block watches are active.