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The Grandview area in East Van includes Commercial Drive aka The Drive is known for over 300 shops, restaurants and cultural facilities along the long Commercial Drive roadway, mostly single-location and owner-operated. Most businesses are micro-sized – with less than five employees. Commercial Drive is also a mixed residential-commercial area with family-oriented parks, a large number of local ethnic stores and community groups, Edwardian-style heritage buildings, European-style cafes, bars, alternative shops and entertainment venues.

Word on the street:

  • cultural
  • parks
  • commercial-strip
  • restaurants
  • shops
Number of Crimes
  • No Data
  • Crime Free
  • 1-4
  • 5-9
  • 10-19
  • 20-49
  • 50+
Source: VPD

Grandview Park

Grandview Park located at 1657 Charles Street was upgraded with a new playground, pathways, stage, sport court, field house with accessible washrooms, lawns, gardens and restored cenotaph area.

During summer months, you can find buskers performing live and artisans selling their wares. Grandview Park also hosts the Public Dreams annual Parade of Lost Souls at Halloween.

East Van Arts and Culture

The Grandview area is known for its East Van roots in arts and culture. Notable venues and events include: Havana Restaurant & Gallery at 1212 Commercial Drive, East Side Cultch at 1895 Venables, which is a gathering place at a former abandoned church re-developed into a diverse performance space with weekly showings, the Wise Hall at 1882 Adanac Street which supports local artists, performers and promoters, including flea markets with over 200 local vendors.

The Drive Murals along Commercial Drive from Salsbury Park to Grandview Tire are painted by Vancouver artists and sponsored by Commercial Drive Business Society. And every November, the area is part of Vancouver’s Eastside Culture Crawl with over 300 artists participating and over 15,000 art-goers attending. The neighbourhood also hosts the annual Car-Free Day where over 10,000 Vancouverites gather to enjoy a day of celebration, shopping and eating along Commercial Drive.

Heritage Homes to Apartments

Recent new condo developments of low to mid-rises have been increasing towards the northern end of the neighbourhood, around Venables and Commercial Drive from Clark Drive to Nanaimo Street, transforming the industrial-commercial mix to greater residential-commercial spaces with new condos, cafes, shops and restaurants attracting new home buyers, young professionals, young families, artists and musicians.

A Youthful Population

In keeping with Grandview’s historic roots, residents are much more likely to be of European heritage than other parts of the city or region. The Commercial Drive area saw an influx of Italian residents and by the late 50s and early 60s, it became known as "Little Italy". Also as an established neighbourhood, Grandview is home to a lower proportion of new Canadians than average for Vancouver, while in recent years attracting young professionals, young families, artists and musicians.