Welcome to West Vancouver
A luxurious, nature-rich neighborhood above the bay
This prestigious community is famous for its lush, wooded areas and gorgeous views of the bay. A drive across Lions Gate Bridge will bring you to the heart of Downtown, but its location allows West Vancouver to be a calm neighborhood oasis.
In 1912, West Vancouver was founded when a municipal election decided that they would separate from North Vancouver. The Lions Gate Bridge opened, and with it, a connection to the rest of Vancouver, which was only accessible by ferry up to that point. West Vancouver grew rapidly but has maintained its sprawling, natural feel.
Many West Vancouver neighborhoods are brimming with west coast architecture, waterfront homes, and private estates, making it perfect for generations of families. However, many luxurious condos and apartments closer to Lions Gate Bridge grant easy access across the bay while maintaining the separation from the bustle.
What to Love
- Take in the lush rainforest and history of Lighthouse Park
- Show off your athleticism at Cypress Mountain
- Go shopping in the commercial district along Marine Drive
People & Lifestyle
As a mainly residential area, West Vancouver is quiet and private. The prestigious British Properties are secluded enough to feel like you’re alone but still close enough to have access to the life you want. On the opposite end, Ambleside will give you luxury close to the commercial district.
Most residents of West Vancouver are retired or work at home, though many also enjoy the short commute to Downtown Vancouver. With many incredible schools and community events, this neighborhood is perfect for families who desire a slower pace of life without sacrificing access to the rest of the city.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Though it’s highly a residential community, West Vancouver has plenty in the way of shopping and entertainment. The commercial district of Marine Drive runs along the waterfront and offers abundant options no matter what you’re looking for.
To experience West Vancouver dining at its best, enjoy a view of the bridge and the bay at Ancora (Peruvian/Japanese) or Beach House (Seafood). Even without the waterfront view, there are many notable restaurants in this neighborhood, including Terroir Kitchen (Tapas), Feast (Brunch), and Mangia E Bevi Ristorante (Italian).
Things to Do
While West Vancouver is great for casual days in nature and adventures on the slopes, there are also many annual festivals held on the north shore.
The Harmony Arts Festival has been a staple of the West Vancouver waterfront for 30 years. You can also enjoy two days of live music and family-friendly activities at the annual Bridge Festival every June.
West Vancouver is home to many excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: