Welcome to Our Neighbourhood
Mount Pleasant / Main Street is Vancouver’s hip and edgy neighbourhood, charged with chic boutiques, bountiful eateries, great entertainment venues, and lively late-night cafes, pubs, and bistros.
Voted by locals as being Vancouver’s “coolest street” and repeatedly elected a “favourite shopping destination,” the MPBIA is home to over 350 eclectic shops and services at the node where the historic intersections of Main Street, Broadway, and Kingsway merge. Only ten minutes from downtown, the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement (MPBIA) area is easily accessible by transit and the 10th Avenue bike route.
Mount Pleasant is one of Vancouver’s best up-and-coming neighbourhoods with fabulous mountain views from its trendy outdoor patios, a vibrant nightlife, and an intersection of culturally-rich histories. The area’s youthful and creative energy compliments its historic buildings, making Mount Pleasant / Main Street an ideal location to enjoy and EXPLORE.
Mount Pleasant, Past to Present
Since the early 1990’s, Mount Pleasant has undergone an amazing transformation, with local, hip businesses moving into the area and the escalating process of gentrification changing the whole landscape of the community as East becomes the new West.
The area high above False Creek, originally referenced as “across the creek” was named “Mount Pleasant” in 1888, after the Irish birthplace of the wife of H.V. Edmonds, the original owner of much of the Mount Pleasant area.
Mount Pleasant’s origins stem from community development around a former stream which attracted a number of breweries from 1888 to 1912, an area fondly nicknamed “Brewery Creek.” By 1904, Mount Pleasant was home to a tannery, two slaughter houses, four breweries, and a train station. By 1912, the area was established as Vancouver’s first suburb, with a thriving residential population and community facilities like a fire hall, a first run theater, and Vancouver’s first skyscraper, the Edwardian Commercial style Lee Building. The ornate Beaux-Arts Heritage Hall (1916), the inspiration for the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area’s (MPBIA) logo, was originally built as a post office.
Mount Pleasant was hit hard by the depression that preceded World War One. The area became a working class neighbourhood as immigrants and factory workers came into the area. Many of the large, private manors became rooming house and residential development centered on repetitive rows of apartment buildings to accommodate the influx of people. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, Mount Pleasant endured a less than stellar reputation, making its current resurgence all the more impressive.
Today’s Mount Pleasant / Main Street is an edgy, vibrant, up-and-coming neighbourhood with a delightful and eclectic mix of great eateries, hip cafes, late-night bistros, cool patio bars, and one-of-a-kind fashion boutiques. Voted by locals as Vancouver’s coolest street and best shopping district, the area is now recognized as one of the trendiest areas in Vancouver and a very desirable area to live, work and play.
In 1973, the John Davis family began to restore the oldest (1891) wood frame home in Mount Pleasant (166 West 10th Avenue). This was the first house to be restored to original splendor and led to the rejuvenation and reclamation of many more lovely older homes in Mount Pleasant, including seven homes with heritage plaques in the 100 block of West 10th Avenue.
The Mount Pleasant of now is one of Vancouver’s hottest residential markets, with hundreds of condominium units under construction. It offers close proximity to downtown, access to both the Canada Line and the Skytrain, plus great shopping, a strong sense of community, and a vibrant night life.
Find your way by car to the MPBIA.
TransLink’s Transit Planner will easily help you find the fastest way to Main Street / Mount Pleasant using Vancouver’s great transit system.
The Metro Vancouver Cycling Route Planner will assist in finding the best bike routes.