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There are more apartments than single-family homes in Hastings Sunrise than Vancouver average. Also many large, formerly single-family homes have been converted to multiple apartments and as a result, there tends to be more renters than the average area in Vancouver. Housing prices in the Hastings Sunrise residential area are slightly below that of Vancouver, making the area attractive to first-time homebuyers.
Since 1910, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) in Hastings North. Since the first Fair, the event has become the largest annual ticketed event in the province, and continues to draw over 900,000 visitors during its 17 days. Year-round, residents also enjoy Britannia Community Centre to the west and Hastings Community Centre to the east. Recently opened, The Brighton is a pub-style restaurant at 2471 East Hastings referencing the community’s history of New Brighton, a popular resort in the area over 140 years ago in Hastings North.
Hastings Sunrise is a young adult, mobile and ethnically diverse community. The area is comprised of more residents with Chinese heritage than average, when compared to the rest of Vancouver. Chinese is the dominant household language for area residents. However other languages are commonly heard in the area, including a strong Italian base as well as Vietnamese and Spanish. Reflecting their younger age and lower education levels, Hastings North residents have lower household incomes than the Vancouver average. Also reflecting their young age and lower incidence of full-time schooling, a high percentage of Hastings North residents are in the labour force.
Hastings Park is home to two institutions: the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), including Playland amusement park and the Hastings Racecourse. The City is transforming Hastings Park into a greener, more active, year-round destination, with renewal of the annual PNE Fair and Playland, improvements to greenspaces, the waterfront, and the surrounding community. Creekway Park, connecting the Sanctuary in Hastings Park to Burrard, now connects a new bicycle and pedestrian pathway system to provide a safer, more convenient connection from Hastings Park to New Brighton Park. Over 140 years ago, Hastings Sunrise developed out of the popular resort of New Brighton. Today, New Brighton exists as a public park at 3201 New Brighton Road. The public park is an unusual combination of outdoor recreation space, industrial facilities, and memorable views of the North Shore, Burrard Inlet, mountains and the grain elevators of Cascadia Terminals from the walking trails, outdoor pool and beach areas.
Left to right: Hastings Racecourse, Playland, the Sanctuary at Hastings Park