West Vancouver: A Waterfront Neighborhood in Metro Vancouver
West Vancouver is a waterfront neighborhood bounded by the mountains in the north, the Capilano River to the east, and the Burrard Inlet and Howe Sound to the south and west. The region’s dramatic topography is indeed one of its famous characteristics. The community’s steep terrain, rugged shorelines, spectacular views, watercourses and creeks are attractive setting of international renown.
Based on the 2006 census, West Vancouver is home to more than 42,000 individuals. It is almost impossible to find a beautiful neighborhood close to Toronto and appear totally unaffected of its proximity. With a temperate climate moderated by breezes, West Vancouver is more of a “live, work, play” neighborhood. Nestled between the Burrard Inlet and North Shore Mountains, West Vancouver is home to some of the most panoramic views in Fraser Valley.
Housing and Education
West Vancouver features some of the most affordable real estate and rental cost in Metro Vancouver. Luxurious condo units and mansions line its winding alleys, and luxury cars are ubiquitous. West Vancouver is mostly residential, except on the highways that divide the upper region and the lower regions. West Vancouver is a quiet town, just minutes away from the bustling streets of the metro.
Today, West End features high-rise condo buildings and low-rise developments. The local real estate market is also supplemented by magnificent older style buildings that have been redeveloped into condos. Because of the community’s natural beauty and attractiveness, vacancy rates have always been low. Due to the abundance of green spaces and parks, there is no ‘inner city’ kind of feel.
Public schools in the area are operated under School District 45. West Vancouver locals are highly educated. According to statistics, around 54% of the people over 20 years old have attended the university and around 40% have completed a bachelor’s degree or some form of higher education.
Attractions, Shopping and Entertainment
West Vancouver is internationally known for its parks like the Cypress Provincial Park, which boasts stunning views of the Metro Vancouver Area and Howe Sound. While there aren’t a plethora of commercial amenities in this side of town, West Vancouver features a beautiful community center, complete with a rock climbing wall and a lap pool. West Vancouver is also home to the famous Stanley Park, one of the world’s biggest and best metro parks. Don’t miss a sultry summer evening at the English Bay Beach for an unforgettable West End experience.
West Vancouver is currently powered by the Blue Bus, the country’s oldest running municipal transport system and also Canada’s first ever wheelchair accessible transit bus system. Blue Bus is among the companies in the Greater Vancouver area that operates under TransLink, so transfer fee isn’t charged between Blue Bus and other TransLink owned buses. The British Columbia Highway 1 is the only freeway route in the municipal limits. It begins from the neighborhood of Horseshoe Bay to North Vancouver and bridges the region with Whistler and Downtown Vancouver. BC Ferries also offer routes from Horseshoe Bay to Sunshine Coast, Bowen Island and Nanaimo.