Welcome to the West Side of Vancouver.
The Westside of Vancouver dividing line for the eastside actually starts at Ontario St, even though most people believe it to be Main St. The Westside continues all the way to the end of the University of British Columbia (UBC). Each neighbourhood has its own characteristics and I hope this will help you choose which community is best for you and your family.
Arbutus Ridge, with spectacular views of English Bay and the North Shore Mountains, is one of twenty three communities in Vancouver. It stretches from Mackenzie St. and Puget Drive to East Boulevard and Maple Crescent, and from 16th to 41st Avenue. These boundaries are defined by the City for planning and administrative purposes and may not accurately reflect smaller historical neighbourhoods.
Arbutus Ridge, is a quiet, mature area of up-scale homes, condos and long-time residents. When asked which community they live in, few would reply Arbutus Ridge especially since the low ridge that Arbutus Street runs along is not readily apparent. Instead, depending upon their geographic locations, residents associate themselves with neighbouring Dunbar, Kitsilano, Kerrisdale or Shaughnessy communities.
The Cambie corridor is a wonderful area that is home to famous tourist attractions such as Queen Elizabeth Park, which features a small pitch and putt golf course, an amazing restaurant, Seasons in the Park, and the MacBlo Conservatory. The lush gardens are a favourite for weddings and tourists alike. Across from the park is Nat Bailey Stadium, where you can watch the Vancouver Canadians play baseball. New to this area is the RAV line that goes all the way from Downtown Vancouver to the Vancouver International Airport and Richmond. On Cambie St. between 16th and King Edward Street there are some great restaurants from different cultures. This area is also known for its medical facilities including B.C. Children's Hospital and the B.C. Women's Hospital and Health Centre.
The community is centred on Cambie Street and stretches from 16th to 41st Avenues and from Oak Street to Ontario Street. You will find both apartments and smaller single family homes in this area.
Every day, more than half a million people enter the Downtown core. The area, also known as the Central Business District, is a triangle of land nestled between Burrard Inlet and False Creek. The area, bordered by Stanley Park, the West End, and Cambie Street, is a patchwork of distinct communities, including Yaletown, Gastown, Coal Harbour, and the False Creek North.
Downtown is the city's and region's largest shopping district. Major department stores are located at its centre at the intersection of Georgia and Granville streets. At its eastern end, Gastown's night clubs, restaurants and specialty shops combine with the area's historic charm to make it a major tourist attraction. Similarly, Chinatown's ethnic character and specialty shops combine the area's unique heritage buildings to attract visitors and regional residents alike.
Coal Harbour is the picturesque area stretching north from West Georgia Street all the way to the water then ending at Burrard to continue along the north side of Cordova all the way to Main street. Here you will find some amazing sights to see as you over look the water and North Shore mountains from your apartment window or you can catch the seabus to go to downtown North Vancouver. This neighbourhood has it all and great views to go with it. There are town homes and apartments located here, but no detached housing.
False Creek North
This is a small community in downtown that stretches from the Burrard Street Bridge all the way to Main Street and south of Pacific Boulevard until you hit the water. This neighbourhood is full of nice apartment and townhouses and is perfect for young, hip couples who like the Yaletown night life that is at their doorstep.
If you like night life and enjoy mingling with people, then is your area. Yaletown is the newest area to Vancouver takes up a very small section of downtown between Davie and Nelson Street and mainly consisting on Mainland and Homer Street. This four block long neighbourhood is filled with great restaurants, bars, shopping and more. It is definitely one of the most trendy neighbourhoods in Vancouver. Owning a small dog will help you meet people around here. Great walking and people watching from the various cafes along the street.
Situated between the world-famous Stanley Park, Vancouver's cherished English Bay Beach, and the downtown business district, the West End is a dynamic, densely populated community overflowing with activity, day and night.
The popular Robson Street shopping area is known throughout the city as the place to "see and be seen." It is a major tourist destination and is filled with upscale boutiques, trendy clothing stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Denman Street is another popular shopping haunt, lined with funky shops, inexpensive dining, movie theatres, and the local community centre and library. The downtown business core is just minutes away, making this area an ideal home for office workers and car-less Vancouverites.
This is the quintessential family neighbourhood. This area stretches from 16th to 37th Avenues and from University Endowment Lands to Blenheim Street. You will find one of the best all boy private schools here, St. George's. There are many parks, great groceries stores like Stongs and even a movie theatre. The University Endowment Lands is also at your doorstep, where people from all over the world come to enjoy the forest inside the city. Watch out for the crazy mountain bikers barrelling though the trails, horses trotting alongside joggers, and off-lease dogs enjoying the outdoors. The area has a mix of new and older homes on smaller city lots. The community centre in Dunbar offers baseball and soccer for kids, sponsored by local businesses.
Bound by Burrard Street and Cambie and going north from West 6th Avenue to the water you will find this cute little pocket that is made up of a mixture of free-hold and lease-hold land. In the heart of False Creek is the famous Granville Island that is situated under the Granville Street Bridge. Granville Island is a lively thriving mix of shops, theatres, studios, and its centrepiece, the Public Market. In the late spring you can look out on the water and watch the Dragon Boat racers practising for their competition in the summer time. You will find only apartments, townhomes and boat houses in this area.
The last few decades have seen Fairview transformed from an industrial area fronting False Creek, to a family-oriented, inner-city neighbourhood offering waterfront living in the heart of the city.
Fairview stretches from Burrard Street to Cambie Street, and from 16th Avenue to False Creek, and includes the neighbourhoods of False Creek, Fairview Slopes, Burrard Slopes and Fairview Heights.
Fairview residents are just steps away from several of Vancouver's most popular shopping destinations: Granville Street and Granville Island. Located along Granville, from the Granville Street Bridge to 16th Avenue, Granville Street offers sophisticated, upscale shopping, art galleries, antiques, restaurants and coffee bars. To the north, the old warehouses and factories that once lined False Creek have been transformed into Granville Island. There is also a lot of shopping and eating to be done along Broadway between Burrard and Cambie street.
Kitsilano - stretching from the English Bay waterfront to 16th Avenue and from Burrard to Alma Street - is known for its young, active population, its endless beaches, spectacular mountain views, and its proximity to shopping, restaurants and the proximity to the downtown core. If you are looking for a yoga studio, or gym this is the place to be. Lululemon, has its flagship store here. Further down on Walnut St. you can find the Vancouver Academy of Muic, famed for its program in the Suzuki Method of violin, and piano. Take a visit to the Maritime Museum, or fly a kite by the shoreline. The annual Children's Festival, and Bard on the Beach, provides yet another reason to visit this area. You will also find the Broadway corridor that stretches from Burrard to Alma and is where you will find the vast majority of the restaurants, shops and even a movie theatre.
This neighbourhood has a large mix of apartments, town homes, detached houses on standard size lots (33x122 feet) and multi-million dollar waterfront homes that stretch along the "Golden Mile" on Point Grey road.
Kerrisdale is a mature, well-established suburban community filled with single-family homes on tree-lined streets, a mix of low- and high-rise apartments, and a thriving commercial centre along 41st Avenue.
The area - stretching from Blenheim to Granville Street/Angus Drive, and from 41st Avenue to Southwest Marine Drive - is considered one of the most stable communities in Canada.
You will find a mix of people of all ages and cultures and many fine sushi restaurants.
This community stretches from King Edward Street to 37th Avenue and from Blenhem Street to Pudget/Larch Street. This area is also another great family oriented neighbourhood that is fairly close to everything. If you want a larger lot or a bigger home, you might want to check out this cute small neighbourhood.
This is the only neighbourhood in Vancouver that actually is part of both the West and East side of Vancouver. The west side of this neighbourhood stretches from West Hastings to West 16th Avenue and from Cambie to Ontario Street. This neighbourhood is one of the most popular areas with young couples as it provides quick access to downtown and Broadway, is on the Sky Train route and have the popular trendy Main street in the middle of it. You will also find the new Olympic Village and Science World here as well.
Marpole is one of the city's oldest communities, and the one visitors see first when entering from the south. Stretching from Angus Drive to Ontario Street, and from 59th Avenue to the North Arm of the Fraser River, the region's traffic passes through this neighbourhood, just as it did years ago. There is a large mixture of older apartments and homes here.
Although Oakridge is a quiet suburban neighbourhood, it is shopping that many people think of when they hear the area's name. Since it opened in 1959 at the corner of 41st and Cambie, Oakridge Shopping Centre has drawn customers from throughout the Lower Mainland.
The actual community of Oakridge is much more than a shopping centre. Centred between Oak and Ontario Streets, between 41st and 49th Avenues, it is a mature, stable residential community characterized by large lots. It is named after nearby Oak Street, and sits on the ridge of land that slopes down to the Fraser River. It has a mix of older homes and newer condos.
Named in 1792 after Captain George Vancouver's friend Captain George Grey, Point Grey is an upscale community at the western end of the peninsula that is Vancouver. The community stretches from the English Bay waterfront to 16th Avenue, and from Alma Street to the University Endowment Lands.
The area offers beach-front living, a strong sense of community and spectacular views of the city's skyline and the North Shore mountains. The province's largest university, the University of British Columbia is nearby, as well as the Museum of Anthropology and the huge Pacific Spirit Park. If money is no object, you can rub elbows with your famous neighbors who reside on the large properties found in this area.
There is shopping along 10th Avenue and a cluster of antique and collectible shops at the bottom of the 10th Avenue hill at Alma Street.
Bound by King Edward Avenue and West 37th Avenue and stretching from Trafalgar/ Larch Street to Cypress Street. This is an older neighbourhood is mainly filled with 1930 bungalows and the Arbutus shopping mall. Quilchena makes it a great place for a young family to start on the west side of Vancouver having a mix of apartments, town homes and houses.
South Cambie's size and population make it one of Vancouver's smallest communities. Sandwiched between 49th and 59th Avenue and bound by Oak and Ontario Street. You will find Langara college and Langara Golf course here in this small community of apartment/townhomes and houses.
Centered on Granville St this neighbourhood is bound by Cypress and Oak Street and stretching from 41st to 64th Avenue. This area is known for its large lots and its quick access to Downtown, Richmond and highway 99 via Granville and Oak Street. On Cartier and 39th you will find the home of Vancouver Community College, a Catholic private boy's school.
Another small community that is stuck in between Southwest Marine Drive and West Boulevard and stretching from 49th to 70th Avenue. Here you will find very large lots/homes and part of Vancouver's history along the west side of Southwest Marine Drive where there are old rum runner homes from the days of prohibition. The most famous of these homes is "Casa Mia". You know it's an expensive area when people have given names to their homes. Some of the properties overlook the greens of a private golf course.
Southlands is south of West 37th Avenue all the way to the Fraser River in the low-lying flatland of the Fraser River floodplain. Southlands is a serene rural farmland where there seems to be more horses than people. No other Canadian city has country living so close to the urban centre, just 15 minutes from downtown. The area's residents greatly value its safe, green, village-like atmosphere and see this quality as what makes their community special.
At the west edge of this community you have the Musqueam Indian Reserve which is all Lease-hold land
Developed by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1909 as an exclusive community of large homes in an estate-like setting, Shaughnessy is still one of the city's most stable and prosperous communities. The area was named after CPR's company president Sir Thomas Shaughnessy and is still characterized by large, well-tended homes on winding, tree-lined streets. Many of these homes have been designated "heritage", and cannot be torn down.
The community is centred on Granville Street and stretches from 16th to 41st Avenues and from West Boulevard to Oak Street. York House private school for girls can be found on the corner of King Edward and Oak, Little Flower Academy, another private girl's school is practically next door to it, while the excellent Shaughnessy Elementary is close to both.
This neighbourhood is actually more like a city within the city. It stretches from the University Endowment Lands to the most west point in Vancouver. There are many shops and restaurants in this area, including an impressive university village. It is also home to UBC, the University of British Columbia, whose student body is bigger than some towns in Canada. Don't forget the public University Golf Course. Then there's the famous beaches. Including Wreck Beach where clothing is optional. The off-leash dog park, and the beach volley ball area is something just about everyone can enjoy. The area also offers one excellent public school- University Hill. A quirky area can be found off Blanca and West 8th St. "Little Australia" is a small district with beautiful homes, nestled between the golf course and the forest. It's something interesting to check out. This area has a mixture of apartments and town homes that are mainly occupied by university students and older larger homes on the north end of the University. All the apartments are on lease-hold land but majority of the houses in this area have a Free-hold land status.