Vancouver West

Welcome to Vancouver West 

A neighborhood rich with nature and opportunity
 
Comprised of Point Grey, Shaughnessy, Dunbar, and Kitsilano, Vancouver West is a sought-after neighborhood where residents enjoy proximity to the waterfront and UBC, as well as many beautiful parks.
 
One of the main features of Vancouver West is the University of BC, which opened its doors in 1915 and has grown into a sprawling public research university known for its anthropology museum and arts & sciences programs. The area was built up around the university and is full of learning opportunities, history, and nature.
 
Cost and lifestyle vary depending on which part of Vancouver West you call home. The hip, waterfront housing of Kitsilano gives way to more luxurious, heritage homes in Shaughnessy and Point Grey, while the areas are closer to UBC contain smaller pockets of neighborhoods surrounded by nature. What stays the same throughout is Vancouver West’s luxury and class.
 

What to Love 

  • Explore the city’s history at the Museum of Vancouver
  • Connect with nature with an abundance of public parks
  • Trendy West 4th Street hosts a wide variety of shopping
 

People & Lifestyle 

Much of Vancouver West has a historic feel with wide tree-lined streets and craftsman homes. Many prominent Vancouver families reside here, but younger families are also beginning to take up residence in the high-end areas and in the hip waterfront of Kitsilano. Highly sought after for families and those who work at UBC, the heritage houses of Vancouver West are perfect for those who want a more neighborhood feel surrounded with nature while still being steps away from the most popular spots in Vancouver.
 

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment 

Vancouver West is brimming with hip dining and boutiques as well as classic, high-end stores. Residents enjoy easy access to the best that Vancouver has to offer.
 
Kitsilano’s West 4th Street has many trendy boutiques and name-brand stores. Miz Mooz Boutique is a great place to pick up trendy women’s styles. Or visit Icebreaker for your outdoor and athletic wear needs. Take a trip to Granville Island, where you’ll find local artists, produce, and specialty foods at the market.
 
There is no shortage of delicious food to be found in Vancouver West. Kitsilano hosts a bustling variety of eateries with great choices like Au Comptoir (Parisian Bistro), Maenam (Thai), and Farmer’s Apprentice (fresh farm to table fare). Farther from the waterfront, you can find family-owned La Notte (Italian) and Chef Masahiro Omori’s Yuwa (Japanese).
 

Things to Do 

Nature lovers, academics, and the hip crowd will all find things to love in Vancouver West. From community events and trendy shopping to easy access to hikes and beaches, you’re sure to find something to please every taste.
 
Every year, this neighborhood hosts an extensive schedule of events. Head to the waterfront at the end of July to catch the fireworks at the Celebration of Light. Bard on the Beach, an outdoor Shakespeare Festival, takes place at Vanier Park every summer. Vancouver Folk Music Festival and Vancouver International Jazz Festival hold many of their shows in Vancouver West. 
 
Beaches in Kitsilano and Point Grey are abundant. Kitsilano Beach, Spanish Banks, and Jericho Beach have great views of the bay, and you can visit the close by shopping and dining to round out your day. If you want to try a quieter beach, you can go to clothing-optional Wreck Beach. For even more nature, hike near UBC at Pacific Spirit Park or enjoy the scenery at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
 

Schools 

Vancouver West is home to many excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: 
  • Point Grey Secondary serves students grades 8-12 and has an incredible enrichment program.
  • Kitsilano Secondary gives excellent opportunities to students grades 8-12 with a french immersion program and on-site pre-employment programs.
  • Westgate Montessori provides world-class education in a caring environment.
 
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