Hastings (also known as Hastings-Sunrise) is a culturally diverse, family-oriented community in Vancouver's east end, just west of the Burnaby municipal boundary. Gracing the sandy shores of Burrard Inlet, it's not surprising the neighbourhood grew from a once-popular resort, New Brighton.
Toward the end of the 19th century, as permanent residents began replacing the vacationers, New Brighton renamed Hastings Townsite boasted many Vancouver firsts: post office; telephone; real estate transaction and subdivision. However, due to the New Brighton Hotel and Hastings Park Racecourse, Hastings maintained its "resort" reputation.
Hastings was also known for hosting farming, logging and horticulture trade shows. By 1946, these exhibitions were so successful, Hastings became home to a permanent site, Exhibition Park, now known as Pacific National Exhibition (PNE).
Today, Hastings is primarily residential, with plenty of single-family and some multi-family dwellings, and being close to Commercial Drive, the neighbourhood enjoys a funky, cultural vibe. Hastings' average home price is about $773,000. View Hastings MLS® listings and upcoming open houses
Hastings Street, the main shopping drag, features a wonderful variety of mom 'n' pop shops selling fresh produce (including the famous Donald’s Market), mainstream and specialty groceries (check out Ugo and Joe's for your next Italian feast) fashion and furniture, financial institutions and professional services. The local Business Improvement Association is trying to rebrand this stretch as East Village, but they're getting pushback from the residents.
Schools and Education in Hastings
- Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary School
- Sir Matthew Begbie Elementary
- Franklin Elementary School
- Garibaldi Annex
- Macdonald Elementary School
- Chief Maquinna Elementary
- Chief Maquinna Annex Elementary School
- Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School (to Grade 8)
- Thunderbird Elementary
- Tillicum Community Annex
- West Coast Christian School
- Notre Dame Regional Secondary School
- Templeton Secondary School
- Vancouver Technical Secondary School
Hastings Cafés and Restaurants
Hastings Street is home to delicious cuisine from around the world, including Japanese, Thai, Greek and Italian fare as well as Vietnamese noodle houses, bakeries, delis and cafés.
Hastings Sports and Recreation
Hastings’ public parks boast some of the best outdoor recreation facilities in the city. New Brighton Park, for example, is popular for its outdoor swimming pool, Charles Park includes a pond teeming with wildlife, the Hastings Parksanctuary overflows with greenery and Rupert Park features the city’s third pitch-and-putt golf course. The area is also home to two community centres, Hastings Community Centre and Thunderbird Community Centre. Between them, these facilities offer a range of recreational activities, including fitness centres, computer labs, games rooms and an indoor swimming pool. Each summer, the PNE and its PlayLand amusement park attract thousands to the area. During the rest of the year, Vancouverites enjoy sporting events at Hastings Park Racecourse and the Pacific Coliseum.
The southern portion of Hastings is serviced by two SkyTrain stations - Renfrew and Rupert. The neighbourhood is also bordered by the Trans-Canada Highway, which connects with many Lower Mainland suburbs
Hastings Property Statistics
|Average gross rent||$823|
*Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, average sale prices in Hastings and Hastings East for 12 months ended November 3, 2010 **Source: City of Vancouver
Population* – 33,130
|40 to 64||33.4%|
|20 to 39||29.0%|
|19 and under||21.5%|
|Apartment, under five stories||16.1%|
|Apartment, five or more stories||1.1%|
*Source: City of Vancouver