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West Vancouver is a waterfront city that follows the coast of Burrard Inlet. It's connected with Downtown Vancouver by the Lion's Gate Bridge and a member municipality in Metro Vancouver. West Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver form a tri-city group known as the North Shore. This picturesque city is known for its safe neighbourhoods, beautiful natural surroundings, and luxury real estate.
To the north of West Van lie Cypress Provincial Park and the majestic North Shore Mountains. Horseshoe Bay on the west end is at the entrance to Howe Sound, with Bowen Island across the channel. The ocean-front community of Lion's Bay represents the northwest boundary. Burrard Inlet is to the south. And it's bounded on the east by the Capilano River and North Vancouver.
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The Municipality of West Vancouver was incorporated in March of 1912, separating itself from the District of North Vancouver. Downtown Vancouver at that time was only accessible by ferry, but in 1938 the Lion’s Gate Bridge was completed. West Vancouver grew rapidly during the 1910s and 20s, as city commuters settled in the area.
West Van is Canada's wealthiest municipality, home to some of the most expensive luxury properties in Canada. The average cost of a home in West Vancouver is above $2M. 95% of the houses — nearly 16,000 homes — are valued at more than $1M, and some have sold for over $30M. It's neighbour, the District of North Vancouver, is the second richest municipality.
North Vancouver's shoreline is dotted with single-family homes, parks, beaches and recreational areas. The West Vancouver Seawall, also known as the West Van Sea Walk or Centennial Seawalk, follows the shore along Dundarave, offering excellent views of Burrard Inlet, the North Shore mountains, the Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park.
The area is perhaps best known for its many parks, including Ambleside Park, hiking trails, the Cypress Mountain ski area and its many shops and restaurants. Some of the homes in West Vancouver date back to the 1920s and 30s, although most of the currently existing dwellings were built in the 1970s and 80s, and primarily in British Pacific Properties' developments.
West Van's population is 42,473, and it’s grown at an average of 0.17% per year over the past 15 years. The median household income is $89,808 — nearly double the provincial average — and over 80% of the population has a total family income of $100,000 or more. The unemployment rate is only 5.5% (2016 census). The median age of the city's residents is 50.5, and 52.9% have a university degree.
West Vancouver is made up of twenty-seven neighbourhoods. The best known are perhaps Ambleside, in the southeastern corner; Dundarave, in the central-eastern region; and Horseshoe Bay, on the western tip. Here are a few community highlights...
Altamont is home to some of the most expensive real estate in Canada. The neighbourhood is located in the centre of West Vancouver. This is one of the smallest and most private communities in West Vancouver. It's within walking distance of the shops and restaurants of Dundarave, and the West Bay Elementary and West Vancouver Secondary Schools. Massive lots of an acre or more are common in Altamont, with a mix of traditional and newly constructed homes, in very exclusive subdivisions.
When people think of Ambleside, their mind goes to the expansive Ambleside Park, with its off-leash area for dogs, and sandy beaches that stretch along the West Vancouver waterfront. Ambleside is the town centre, commercial heart and creative hub of West Vancouver. Ambleside is situated in the southeastern corner of the community and bordered by Dundarave, Park Royal and the British Properties
The primary cluster of shops, restaurants and services is on Marine Drive. The Ambleside Farmers’ Market is held on Sundays, from May through October. Just a few blocks away, Park Royal offers residents a premier shopping experience, and transit connections into Downtown Vancouver. The schools in Ambleside are Ridgeview Elementary School, Hollyburn Elementary School and West Vancouver Secondary School.
Bayridge is a family neighbourhood with quiet meandering streets and great schools. There are several parks, trails and nature walks. Mckechnie Park has some excellent trails, tennis courts and a picnic area. Underground wiring offers unobstructed views of Cypress Mountain, Burrard Inlet, Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park.
Development of British Properties began in 1931, backed by substantial investments by the Guinness family. British Pacific Properties Limited built the Lions Gate Bridge and was behind the development of the Park Royal Mall. Perched on the slopes of Cypress Mountain, the homes of British Properties offer spectacular views of Burrard Inlet, the Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park.
Schools in British Properties include Chartwell Elementary, Collingwood School, Sentinel Secondary School and Westcot Elementary School. West Vancouver’s Blue Bus system has a designated route that serves British Properties.
Caulfeild is located in the northwest part of West Van, between Bayridge and Eagle Harbour. To the north, it's bounded by Hwy 1, and on the south, the Pacific Ocean. Much of the area is within walking distance of Lighthouse Park. There's a working lighthouse at the tip of Point Atkinson, at the south end of the park.
Schools in Caulfeild include Caulfeild Elementary School and Rockridge Secondary School. Both schools have been consistently ranked among BC's top 5%. The Caulfeild Village Shopping Center offers restaurants, a grocery store, bank, dry cleaners, veterinarian, pharmacy and liquor store.
Cedardale is a family-oriented neighbourhood on the eastern edge of West Vancouver. There are no shops or restaurants, but it's a short walk west to the Park Royal Mall. Two schools have made this a very popular area: Ecole Cedardale, a French Immersion Elementary School, and St. Anthony’s School, a private Catholic Elementary School. Cedardale has a few small parks and several trails connect with Capilano Canyon.
Dundarave Village is West Van’s dining destination, with walkable waterfront streets, local restaurants, cafes and bakeries, and shops. Dundarave is an affluent community that is home to executives, professionals and seniors, offering a mix of waterfront condos and single-family houses. The average detached home prices are around $1.7 million.
The schools are Irwin Park Elementary School, Pauline Johnson Elementary School and
West Vancouver Secondary. Dundarave forms the central-eastern segment of West Vancouver's beachfront, with Ambleside to the east and West Bay on the west. It's home to the West Vancouver Community and Recreation Centre.
Eagle Harbour is a secluded marine community, on the shores of Burrard Inlet, with two yacht clubs: West Vancouver Yacht Club and Eagle Harbour Yacht Club, and the Glen Eagles Golf Course. Many hiking trails meander through the Eagle Harbour. It's located west of Dundarave Village, which is a bit farther along Marine Drive. There are two schools: Eagle Harbour Primary School and Rockridge Secondary School.
Gleneagles is located on the western end of the municipality, with easy access to the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. The neighbourhood is known for its local trails, the Gleneagles Golf Course and Gleneagles Community Centre. The community centre provides a gymnasium, weight room, spinning training studio, pottery studio, and youth lounge. The Gleneagles Public Golf Course is a nine-hole, par 35 course, with incredible views. The Gleneagles Elementary School is one of the smallest schools in West Vancouver, with an enrolment of about 250 students, kindergarten to grade 7.
Horseshoe Bay is a pedestrian-friendly village located on the western tip of West Vancouver; home to the BC Ferries terminal at the entrance of Howe Sound. The terminal provides vehicle ferry links to Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Bowen Island. Horseshoe Bay marks the western end of Highway 1 and the southern end of the Sea to Sky Highway (Hwy 99) that heads to Whistler. Horseshoe Bay is a small community with around 1,000 permanent residents.
Sentinel Hill is a small neighbourhood within walking distance of both the Park Royal Mall and Ambleside Park. Residents enjoy incredible views of the North Shore and Vancouver waterfront, and on a clear day, the visibility stretches from Mt. Baker to Nanaimo. Sentinel Hill is zoned for single-family homes only, and residents want to keep it that way. Sentinel Hill offers an eclectic mix of old and new, and you'll find older cottage style homes next to modern West Coast architecture.
West Bay is a community on the shoreline of Burrard Inlet, with large homes perched on the rocky bluffs. It's known for its sweeping panoramic views of Vancouver, across the Strait of Georgia as far as Vancouver Island and the San Juan Islands. West Bay is bordered by Dundarave to the east, Sandy Cove to the west and Westmount to the north.
Westmount is situated at the centre of West Van. The neighbourhood is characterized by its expansive view lots and easy access to the beach in West Bay Park. Residents also enjoy the nature trails and recreational facilities of McKechnie Park and Benbow Park. Westmount is a family-oriented community, and West Bay Elementary School offers the International Baccalaureate program.
The neighbourhood of Whytecliff overlooks Howe Sound and borders Horseshoe Bay. Large waterfront homes perched on the bluffs of the rugged coastline offer spectacular views of the Coastal Mountains and the Tantalus Range. Whytecliff is next to the Sea to Sky Hwy, providing easy access to Park Royal Shopping Centre, Downtown Vancouver and Whistler. Whytecliff Park has become popular with scuba divers, and offers family picnic and play areas, hiking trails and swimming beaches.
The climate in West Vancouver is mild and generally warm and temperate. The climate is classified as Csb by the Köppen-Geiger system. In West Vancouver, the average annual temperature is 9.9 °C, and the rainfall averages 1296 mm.
The rain in West Vancouver falls mostly in the winter, with relatively little rain in the summer. Rainfall is highest in November, with an average of 281 mm, or 16.57% of the area's annual rain. In January there's 240.5 mm; with 214.9 mm in December.
West Vancouver is mostly a residential district. Many of the residents are retired, work from home, or take the short commute into downtown Vancouver. The top professions are professional science and technical services; retail trade; health care; finance and insurance; film production; green industries, educational services; and tourism.
The District of West Vancouver was incorporated in 1912, taking jurisdiction over what had been a part of the District of North Vancouver. The first Official Community Plan under the Town Planning Act of 1926 banned any new industry and called for building lots that were larger than anywhere else in the Lower Mainland. The District continues to have no industry and the decision to promote large lots has made it the luxury property capital of Canada.
22% of its residents are considered retired. West Vancouver has the second-highest percentage of persons aged 65 or older in the province. The percentage is only 13% for the rest of B.C. A large portion of the population is therefore involved in senior management.
West Van may not want big industry, but it is very pro-business, with some of the lowest business tax rates of any municipality in Metro Vancouver. There are five distinctive shopping villages: Ambleside, Caulfield Village, Dundarave, Horseshoe Bay Village and Park Royal Shopping Centre.
West Vancouver has become a popular location with film producers, with its parks and beaches, coves, cliffs, modern and private luxury residences and historic buildings. Easy access to Hwy 1 and Hwy 99 make the logistics of bringing film crews in and out very attractive.
West Vancouver's public schools are administered by School District 45 West Vancouver. There are 17 schools, ranging from Kindergarten through grade 12, with a total enrolment of 6,583 students. There are three primary schools, kindergarten to grade 3: Cypress Park Primary School and Eagle Harbour Primary School and Lions Bay Community School.
The eleven elementary schools, educating students kindergarten through grade 7 are Caulfeild Elementary School, École Cedardale Elementary, Chartwell Elementary School, École Pauline Johnson Elementary School, Gleneagles Elementary School, Hollyburn Elementary School, Irwin Park Elementary School, Ridgeview Elementary School, West Bay Elementary School and Westcot Elementary School. Francophone/Immersion French-language education is provided through the Ecole Pauline Johnson until Grade 7.
Three middle/high schools are located in West Vancouver: Rockridge Secondary School, Sentinel Secondary School and West Vancouver Secondary School.
There are four independent schools in West Vancouver. Collingwood School is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational, university-preparatory school. It delivers the British Columbia Ministry of Education curriculum from junior kindergarten to grade 12. Located on the side of Cypress Mountain, Mulgrave School is also an independent non-denominational, co-educational, university-preparatory school. It enrols approximately 80 students in every grade and uses all IB programs.
North Star Montessori Elementary offers a full range of educational programs from infancy through grade 7. North Star follows the Montessori Method. The curriculum reflects individual skill development, learning styles and interests. St. Anthony’s School is a Catholic Independent School, enrolling students kindergarten to grade 7. St. Anthony´s School strives to develop Christian leaders, responsible citizens and life-long learners.
A twenty-five block section of Marine Drive makes up West Van's commercial district. On the strip, you'll find shops, small offices, automotive garages, gas stations, restaurants, banks, and other amenities. This commercial strip is commonly known as 'Ambleside', and there's another one-block section known as 'Dundarave'.
West Vancouver is home to Canada's first shopping mall, Park Royal Shopping Centre. Park Royal is the second largest shopping centre in the province, with its North Mall, South Mall, and Village, with over 200 best-in-class stores, restaurants and services. West Van residents particularly enjoy The Village at Park Royal outdoor shopping strip as well as the recently revamped and enhanced indoor Park Royal South and Park Royal North malls. Anchor stores include London Drugs, Best Buy, Indigo, Petsmart, Cineplex VIP Cinemas and Hudson's Bay.
Caulfeild Village Shopping Centre is an open-air shopping centre, with 25 stores and services. Anchor stores in the 69,600 SF centre include Safeway and Pharmasave.
West Vancouver is known for its great selection of quality dining options. For a quick bite, C-Lovers Fish & Chips, Feast - The Neighbourhood Table, Five Guys and Olive & Anchor should hit the spot.
If you have a taste for Asian cuisine, you'll discover Bene Sushi Lounge, Ginger & Soy Chinese Cuisine, Handi Indian Restaurant, Ki Isu Japanese, Nishiki Sushi Restaurant, Swad Indian Kitchen, Thai Pudpong Restaurant and Zen Japanese Restaurant. For a taste of the Mediterranean, there are Amici Restaurant, Bay Moorings Restaurant, Carmelo's, La Sorella Di Mangia and Mangia E Bevi Ristorante, Pastameli and Trattoria Park Royal.
The Truffle House & Cafe is a European modern bistro, with a year-round patio. Trolls in Horseshoe Bay is a family-owned world famous fish and chip restaurant. You'll also find 3 of BC's most loved dining chains: Cactus Club Cafe, Earls Kitchen + Bar and The Keg Steakhouse + Bar.
For a special evening or date night, Chef Faizal of Terroir Kitchen elevates contemporary Mediterranean and European cuisine. The Salmon House On The Hill serves fantastic local seafood, in a warm atmosphere and authentic local artisan decor. Chef Michel Segur of Chez Michel offers classic French cuisine served in an elegant and graceful setting. Chez Michel is a stunning restaurant and wine bar with amazing views.
Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patios harmonizes Peruvian and Japanese cultures while incorporating the local flavours of the West Coast. Heirloom Ambleside is an upscale casual vegetarian restaurant that serves creative and flavour-forward plant-based dishes.
Downtown Vancouver can be accessed quickly via the Lions Gate Bridge, or by taking West Vancouver Municipal Transit's Blue Bus. The Blue Bus is often faster than driving, due to priority lanes, regularly scheduled stops and community shuttles. All bus travel in West Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland is a 1 zone fare.
Vehicle drivers make up 74.88% of West Van's population. The only freeway route within municipal limits is Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway). Hwy 1 begins in the community of Horseshoe Bay and continues eastward into the District of North Vancouver. Highway 99 also travels through West Vancouver, connecting the Sea to Sky Hwy from Whistler with Downtown Vancouver. Hwy 99 enters West Vancouver at Taylor Way and crosses over the Lions Gate Bridge into the Downtown core.
West Van is home to the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal, one of the primary connecting points between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. BC Ferries operates routes departing from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, Bowen Island, and the Sunshine Coast.
Arts and Entertainment
West Vancouver has five galleries: the Art Museum, Buckland Southerst Gallery, Craig Yeats Gallery & Studio, Ferry Building Gallery and Spirit Gallery. Performing arts theatres include Dramaworks, the Kay Meek Arts Centre and Silk Purse Arts Centre. Cineplex Cinemas Park Royal and VIP is the only movie theatre. There are two museums: the Art Museum and West Vancouver Fire Services Museum & Archives Society.
The West Vancouver Art Museum highlights important creators and innovators, and the significant events that shaped the local community, region and country. Located at the centre of the Ambleside Landing, the Ferry Building Gallery serves as a hub for arts and culture in West Vancouver. The gallery is located in one of West Van’s oldest buildings, and there are 18 exhibitions held each year.
Each summer the Harmony Arts Festival features local North Shore artists in a ten-day event. There's are a series of concerts, film and literature performances, culinary offerings, children's events and a pop-up marina and Club 25 boater concierge. There's a Canada waterfront celebration at John Lawson Park on July 1st, and Community Day on the first Saturday of June each year at Ambleside Park.
Art is part of West Vancouver's identity. There are more than 100 pieces of public art in the municipality's inventory, and you will find public art displayed in galleries, on street corners, on the beaches and in public buildings.
West Vancouver Memorial Library is a welcoming cozy space, filled with books, movies and music. There's free WiFi, assistance with research and homework, an art gallery and programming for teens and children. The West Vancouver Memorial Library is located in Ambleside and boasts a circulation rate of 21.32 per capita. It's the highest circulation rate per capita in Canada.
Sports and Recreation
West Vancouver is best known for its many parks and the Cypress Mountain ski facility. There are also three golf courses: Ambleside Par 3, Capilano Golf and Country Club and Gleneagles Golf Course & Clubhouse.
Ambleside Park is West Vancouver's gateway park. The park offers incredible views of Stanley Park and Downtown Vancouver. Its off-leash dog area is 3.52 hectares of grassy areas, trails and beach. Locals and visitors enjoy the beaches and Seawalk. Other notable parks include John Lawson Park, Dundarave Park, Horseshoe Bay Park, Lighthouse Park and Whytecliff Park.
West Van also offers exceptional recreational facilities, like the West Vancouver Community Centre, Aquatic Centre, Ice Arena, Gleneagles Community Centre, Seniors’ Activity Centre and Clubhouse at Gleneagles Golf Course.
Investing in West Vancouver
West Vancouver is one of the most expensive places to live in Canada. But with that price comes a very desirable lifestyle. West Van is very family-oriented, with exceptional schools, close to every imaginable amenity; minutes from parks, restaurants, Vancouver's Downtown or the Park Royal Shopping Centre. The views are spectacular, and the North Shore mountains are nearby, with two ski areas. It's also one of BCs top sailing communities.
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