Hastings-Sunrise stretches from Boundary Road in the east to Nanaimo Street in the west and from Broadway Street in the South to the Burrard Inlet in the North. It’s a tight-knit family-oriented community and it’s home to the Pacific National Exhibition, which is the current focus of a master plan to become a greener year-round destination for park use.


From its roots as a port town and recreation destination, to its becoming the home of the 1910 Pacific National Exhibition, Hastings-Sunrise has long attracted new residents and visitors from far and wide with its unique character. As a result, it has a wide array of culturally diverse entertainment, and in this neighbourhood, you can feel like you’re travelling from Southeast Asia to Italy over the span of a single block.

The Vibe

Originally, Hastings was both a recreation destination, famous for its beaches, and a major port. It was a working-class area, with a large Italian population, most of whom earned their living working at the port. This neighbourhood is proud of the various heritages of its population, so there are plenty of local mom and pop shops and restaurants that reflect the cultural legacies of their owners, be they Italian, Chinese, South Asian or Eastern European.

Meet the Neighbours

Hastings-Sunrise is an ethnically diverse community. There are more residents of Chinese heritage in this neighbourhood than the average for the rest of Vancouver. In fact, Chinese is the dominant household language in this area. There is, however, also a strong base in other languages, including Italian, Vietnamese and Spanish. Household sizes here are smaller on average that in Greater Vancouver as a whole, but larger than in Vancouver proper.

In the Area

Hastings-Sunrise’s roots as a recreation destination still show. There is plenty of greenspace to visit here year-round spread out over several parks: Adanac, Burrard View, Clinton, Hastings Community, Hastings, New Brighton and Rupert. In the summer, the neighbourhood is abuzz with restaurants, bars and cafes here and you’re not likely to run out of things to do anytime soon.

Distance from Vancouver City Hall

7.5 km

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

There’s a real mix of retail here, from newer high-end baby stores to appeal to the many up-and-coming families that live in the area, to cheaper mom and pop shops that have been around for ages. Expect prices for just about everything to go up, as this area is currently undergoing a rebranding (gentrification) as “The East Village” with the tagline “A vintage neighbourhood with a progressive attitude.”

The Good, the Bad & the Rest

For the most part, Hastings-Sunrise is well situated: it’s walking distance to downtown, Chinatown, Gastown, Commercial Drive, and Trout Lake. It’s also close to the downtown eastside, and contains some sketchy pockets all it’s own. It’s also the focus of some pretty heavy-handed rebranding at the moment as “The East Village,” which has led to mixed feelings among locals. But the path to gentrification never did run smooth…

Dollars & Sense

The central location of this neighbourhood means that it’s an easy bus commute to downtown, Simon Fraser University, Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam, among other places. The area’s favourable location ensures good transportation opportunities for the inhabitants of Hastings-Sunrise. On top of this, North Vancouver and Burnaby are a quick drive away on Highway 1.

Neighbourhood Hotspots

Roundel Cafe

A cozy place to come for a bite to eat and a cup of coffee during the day or a cocktail at night. Or the reverse, if that’s how you prefer to do things!

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Pauline Sausage House

Naturally smoked meat with no additives. This place is a Hastings-Sunrise institution that’s been around for close to 30 years. Load up on kielbasa, bratwursts, mini smokies, torunska and more!

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Hastings Park/ PNE

There are changes underway for Hastings Park and the PNE. City planners would like to see this turn into a year-round park destination, whole keeping the fun of Playland and the annual Fair going.

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Italia Bakery

I’m a sucker for good cannoli, so this place had me at one bite of the ricotta-filled crispy goodness that is the perfect cannoli. Italia also serves up excellent bread and some great go-to tastes-like-you-made-it-from-scratch frozen dinners.

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Dayton Boots

Dayton Boots makes hand-crafted quality footwear. Choose what pair of boots you want, get fitted and have a gorgeous pair of boots delivered to your door. How cool is that?

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