Step back in time to 1889. It’s hard to imagine that Vancouver’s earliest horse racing events took place along Howe Street at the heart of the city. Due to overwhelming popularity a race track arose from the dirt, in what was once known as ‘East Park’, and Hastings Racecourse was born.
On October 10th, 1947 a Vancouver Province newspaper headline blared, “BIGGER HASTINGS TRACK. The Happyland Giant Dipper will be torn down to make way for a new 5 ½ furlong racetrack costing $200,000.” A sad day for Giant Dipper devotees, but good news for the ever growing number of racing fans, and a place for the city’s sporting and social elite.
Today it’s a world where fluorescent clad jockeys mount lean racing machines. Starting gates burst with a ringing clang and hoofs pound the dirt. It’s a place where strategy meets luck and icy drinks lead to sumptuous meals delivered by friendly servers. And with the recent addition of a gaming floor Hastings offers even more entertainment options.
Hastings Racecourse is a jewel of a park located just four kilometers from downtown Vancouver with a spectacular view of the North Shore mountains and Burrard Inlet. Facing this grand stage, an expansive, tiered grandstand provides multiple outdoor and indoor viewing options. Proceed through the spacious facility to find a new experience at every turn. Simulcast video monitors flicker with images from around the world.
Relax in a pub setting, or enjoy “first class” treatment in a box seat. Overlooking it all, a luxurious restaurant fit for the sport of Kings and Queens. It’s more than a day out with friends, it’s an ultimate experience!