Postal code or zip code are the same thing, it has similar meaning. However, countries have varying local terms for postal code. For the United States and Philippines it’s referred to as “zip code”, for India its “PIN (Postal Index Number)”, for other countries mostly English speaking states it’s also known as “postcode” and for Canada it’s “postal code”. Most countries use numeric code for their postal code while Canada uses alphanumeric code (combination of letters and numbers). For Vancouver, it’s correct to say Vancouver postal code.
Forward sortation area (FSA) represents the geographical location of a particular region wherein all postal codes starts with, and those are the first three characters, wherein, the first letter indicates the postal district. The last three characters indicates the local delivery unit (LDU) representing a particular address or a set of different of addresses of a small or medium size communities, a particular block for larger cities, one entire building or just a part of it and business establishments that are receiving regular mounds of mails. A Vancouver postal code has six alphanumeric characters usually in the format “A0A 0A0”. Based from statistics, Canada has around 850,000 existing postal codes. For Vancouver postal code it’s typically written as “V6H 3G2”. All Vancouver postal code starts with “V6” and the remaining letters and numbers are all subject to change corresponding with the cities and the street address. Note that there are Vancouver postal code that starts with V7 namely Bentail Center, Pacific Center and other areas in the city like the West and North Vancouver. The following listed down below are postal codes for Vancouveras well as its designated areas.
Postal Code Designated Area
V6A ___? Strathcona, Eastside of downtown area and Chinatown
V6B ___ ? North Eastern part of downtown, Harbour Centre, Gastown and Yaletown
V6C ___ ? Waterfront, Coal Harbour and Canada Place
V6E ___ ? South West End
V6G ___ ? North West End and Stanley Park
V6H ___ ? West Fairview, Granville Island and Northeast Shaughnessy
V6J ___ ? Northwest Shaughnessy, East Kitsilano and Quilchena
V6K ___ ? Central Kitsilano
V6L ___ ? Northwest Arbutus Ridge, Northeast Dunbar-Southlands
V6M ___ ? South Shaughnessy, Northwest Oakridge, Northeast Kerrisdale, Southeast Arbutus Ridge
V6N ___ ? West Kerrisdale, South Dunbar, Southlands, Musqueam
V6P ___ ? Southeast Kerrisdale, Southwest Oakridge, West Marpole
V6R___ ? West Kerrisdale. West Point Grey, Jericho
V6S___ ? Northwest Dunbar-Southlands, Chaldecutt, South University
V6T ___ ? University of British Columbia
V6Z ___ ? Southwest Downtown
In searching for the right postal code for a specific place in Vancouver it is a must to have the complete address which means that it includes the name of the street and the exact number assigned of the house/building in that specific street. However there are exceptions to the rule such as having the right street address but with one wrong entry of number/letter postmen would still be able to deliver mails to the exact given address. On the other hand, houses and establishments having assigned odd numbers have different postal code from the even numbered homes/establishments of the same street. This is the reason why some homes and establishments have different postal codes although located in the same street. This part is what causes the most confusion among Vancouver residents as mostly would say postal codes s for the city of Vancouver is quite confusing.
With the booming virtual world and the existence of high end programs and software today searching for postal codes of any countries and addresses is just one click, if not, a few clicks away. Online searching for postal codes is no sweat at all through postal code lookup available from most sites such as in Canada Post. Be sure to always have the right entry of postal code so mails will be delivered on time and always place a return address in case of a return mail situation.