"The Bay:" A Canadian Department Chain in Vancouver

Hudson's Bay is a Canadian department store chain with several stores in the greater Vancouver area, including a store in downtown Vancouver (attached to Pacific Centre Mall), Oakridge Centre Mall and Metropolis at Metrotown.

Commonly called "The Bay," this mid-range department store is great for a shopping trip to the city of Vancouver as it offers a wide array of goods and services including home appliances, kitchen and dishware, electronics, apparel, wedding and gift registries, beauty salons, alterations, jewelry repair, and a portrait studio—you can view a complete list of services for the Bay's downtown Vancouver location on the website.

The Bay is comparable to Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus, offering high-end apparel exclusively in one of its 90 locations across Canada, so if you're visiting Vancouver from the United States and want to get a taste of luxury fashion and home goods, you should stop by and check out one of its many area locations.

Vancouver's Three Hudson Bay Company Stores

The Bay in downtown Vancouver is a great stop on a shopping walking tour and serves as one of the store's flagship locations. Located at 674 Granville Street, The Bay is connected to Pacific Centre Mall. For drivers hoping to travel to this spot, there's the Pacific Centre Mall parkade or several other parkades within easy walking distance, but street parking is very difficult to find. By transit, you can take almost any downtown bus, the SkyTrain to Granville Station, or the Seabus to Waterfront Station.

The Bay at Oakridge Centre Mall in South Vancouver and Hudson's Bay at Park Roya in West Vancouver are also great locations if you're not feeling up to the hustle and bustle of the downtown area.

Both are within 15 minutes of the downtown location, offering nearly the same selection without as much of a crowd. Still, you won't get to see the rest of the Downtown Vancouver areas many great stores and attractions if you stay out of the city!

History of The Bay Stores in Canada

Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), the parent company of Hudson's Bay stores, opened its first store of this format in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1881 under the name "Hudson's Bay Company." While it expanded and opened new locations across Western Canada and the Canadian Arctic over the next 80 years, it wasn't until 1960 that the store chain spread east.

At that time, the store rebranded and became known as The Bay, both colloquially and by name, which helped spread its popularity amongst middle and upper-middle class residents of metropolitan cities across Canada.

In 2012, though, it rebranded again after HBC announced it was making an initial public offering. Launching under its new name "Hudson's Bay," the rebranding including an update to the chain's traditional coat-of-arms-inspired logo, which is now proudly displayed on all of its retail locations, shopping bags, and advertisements.

Still, residents of Canada call Hudson's Bay "The Bay," so if you get lost on your way to check out this Canadian high-end staple, just ask a local to point you toward The Bay in Downtown Vancouver.