Coal Harbour Community

About Coal Harbour

Some interesting facts about the development of our beautiful Coal Harbour community. Coal Harbour is a growing neighbourhood bounded to the southeast by Burrard Street, to the southwest by West Georgia and Pender Streets, and to the northwest by Stanley Park. From Canada Place to Cardero Street, Coal Harbour contains a mixture of residential, office, retail, and hotel space with new developments continuing to appear. Currently, Coal Harbour is a tourist destination, a centre for business, and a home to approximate 7,000 people from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

Coal Harbour Breakdown

Marathon Lands  |  Bayshore Gardens  |  Trinagle West

Coal Harbour lies along the northern edge of the Downtown peninsula, fronting Burrard Inlet. As its name implies, Coal Harbour was originally a place of waterfront industry, as well as the western terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. It comprises the Marathon Coal Harbour Lands as well as the Bayshore Gardens development in the west. Extending inland to the south is the mixed use area known as Triangle West, which forms a transition between Coal Harbour and the established West End residential neighbourhood.

Coal Harbour and Triangle West have undergone comprehensive redevelopment resulting in a mixed use, high density neighbourhood of exceptional livability and amenity.

1- Coal Harbour – Marathon Lands

(Area Land From Burrard Street To Cardero Street)


  • Gross Area: 16.6 ha (41 ac)
  • Population: 3,800
  • Density (upa): 56
  • Housing Units: 2,300
  • Non-market Units: 450
  • Parks/Open Space: 6.5 ha (16 ac)


  • Civitas Urban Design and Planning
  • The Hulbert Group
  • VIA Architecture (Burrard Landing Rezoning)


  • Larry Beasley (Overview)
  • Mike Kemble
  • Ian Smith
  • Richard Johnson (Area Planning)
  • Ralph Segal
  • Jonathan Barrett (Urban Design / Development Planning)
  • Jim Lowden (Park Board)
  • Cameron Gray (Housing)
  • Don Brynildsen
  • Elizabeth Ballard (Engineering)


  • Marathon Developments Inc.


  • Aspace Developments
  • Delta Land Corp.
  • Fineline International
  • Westbank Projects
  • City of Vancouver (Community Centre, Non-market/Affordable Housing)


  • James K M Cheng
  • Hancock Bruckner
  • Perkins & Company
  • Henriquez Partners
  • Davidson Yuen Simpson
  • Busby & Associates
  • Grant & Sinclair


  • Phillips
  • Farevaag & Smallenberg (walkway)
  • Philips Wuori Long (parks)

Marathon Developments, the real estate arm of Canadian Pacific Railroad, inherited and has been developing, along with developers of individual parcels, a large stretch of former railway lands from Burrard Street to Cardero Street. When built out, Marathon’s Coal Harbour project will contain about 436 630 m2 (4.7 million sq. ft.), including 2,300 residential units (approximately 70% are now occupied), plus a mix of office, hotel, retail and service space. A new convention centre, now completed, is also part of the plan. Coal Harbour includes an eight acre waterfront park, a community centre, an elementary school, two childcare centres, and a 250-berth marina complete with waterfront restaurant.

The planning of Coal Harbour responded to three different neighbourhood contexts: a relatively undeveloped area to the west (prior to the Bayshore development - see next section), an emerging high density residential area to the south (Triangle West), and the Central Business District to the east. In response, Coal Harbour was planned as three distinct precincts: the westerly Marina neighbourhood which has a diverse mix of housing types and marine-related uses; the central Harbour Green residential neighbourhood focussed on a large waterfront park; and Burrard Landing to the east which initially contained commercial uses but, in further rezonings in 2001 broadened its scope to incorporate the new convention centre and live/work uses (in addition to hotel, retail and office uses). These three precincts and the Bayshore neighbourhood are tied together by the continuous waterfront walkway/bikeway which links Stanley Park to the Downtown.

2 - Coal Harbour - Bayshore Gardens

(Area Land Between Denman Street and Cardero Street)


  • Gross Area: 9.3 ha (23 ac)
  • Population: 1,500
  • Density (upa): 38
  • Housing Units: 880
  • Non-market Units: 111
  • Parks/Open Space: 1 ha (2.4 ac)


  • Arthur Erickson Associates
  • Hotson Bakker Architects


  • Larry Beasley (Overview)
  • Ian Smith
  • Richard Johnson (Area Planning)
  • Jim Lowden (Park Board)
  • Ralph Segal
  • Jonathan Barrett (Urban Design/Development Planning)
  • Don Brynildsen
  • Elizabeth Ballard
  • Sheri Plewes (Engineering)
  • Cameron Gray (Housing)


  • Bayshore Gardens Developments Ltd. Partnership
  • Development Consultant: Michael Geller & Associate.


  • Hotson Bakker
  • Downs/Archambault & Partners
  • Henriquez Partners
  • Hancock Bruckner


  • Don Vaughan Associates (concept design)
  • Durante Kreuk (detailed design including Marina Square and Cardero Park)
  • Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg (hotel)



Immediately west of the Marathon Coal Harbour Lands, north of West Georgia Street between Denman and Cardero Streets, and completing the link between Downtown Vancouver and the Stanley Park seawall promenade, Bayshore Gardens includes some 155 000 m2 (1,618,000 sq. ft.) of new, predominantly residential development, distributed in ten separate buildings. Planned around an existing resort hotel which has been upgraded and expanded, the development, now nearing completion, incorporates nine high rise residential buildings, a mid-rise seniors non-market project, a daycare, a major new boat marina, public parks, and waterfront walkways. The project now connects the

seawall between Stanley Park and Coal Harbour, thus facilitating a significant extension of the downtown waterfront walkway and bikeway system. The concept for Bayshore Gardens was to create a pedestrian-oriented environment in a rich garden setting. To support this concept, planning was based on a set of urban design principles:

  • creating a distinctively Vancouver development that enriches the water experience;
  • creating new special public places within a garden setting;
  • respecting views to the water and mountains;
  • enhancing Georgia Street’s ceremonial gateway character;
  • responding to surrounding street patterns; and
  • developing an architecture appropriate to the setting

3- Coal Harbour – Triangle West

(Area land between Pender/Hastings Street on the North and the lane North of Robson)


  • Gross Area: 7.5 ha (18.5 ac)
  • Population: 4,000 (est.)
  • Density (upa): 160
  • Housing Units: 3,000 (est.)


  • Matrix Urban Design
  • Don Vaughan (City Consultant)


  • VIA Architecture (formerly Baker, McGarva, Hart)
  • Bing Thom
  • Hancock Bruckner
  • James K M Cheng
  • Howard Bingham Hill
  • IBI Group
  • Musson Cattell Mackey
  • Paul Merrick


  • Westbank Projects
  • Pinnacle International
  • PCI-Palladium Projects
  • Amacon
  • Grand Adex
  • Noel Development


  • Larry Beasley (overview)
  • Michael Gordon
  • Jeannette Hlavach (Area Planning)
  • Ralph Segal
  • Jonathon Barrett (Urban Design / Development Planning)

Triangle West comprises an approximate 16 block area, generally between Pender/Hastings Streets on the north and the lane north of Robson Street to the south, from Cardero to Bute Streets. It forms a triangular wedge between the new Coal Harbour neighbourhood to the north, the high density residential West End to the south, and the city’s Central Business District (CBD) to the east, and functions as a transition zone between these areas.

The dominant downtown street grid intersects here with the Pender/Hastings street grid, resulting in several irregularly shaped lots, many double-fronting short blocks, and few lanes. Triangle West also straddles the escarpment which rises up from Coal Harbour towards the West End, resulting in a slope of 10 percent across the area. This slope has been significant factor in planning for the area as a link between the West End and Coal Harbour.

Part of the residential strategy was the ‘domestication’ of certain streets through the introduction of townhouses which create a more neighbourly streetscape character and stronger sense of street enclosure and definition. Livability and view preservation were key aspects of the Triangle West plan. Slim residential towers are prescribed, with generous spacing between them to maximize views and a sense of openness.

“Most of the Information above has been gathered and provided by Vancouver city planning sources”