Greater Vancouver Area Information
July 12, 2012

With an enviable position right on the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver consistently tops the list of the world's most liveable cities each year with its unique combination of beaches, mountains, and ocean. Vancouver is the eighth-largest city in Canada with a population of 578,000 and is bordered by the neighbouring municipalities of Richmond, Burnaby, North and West Vancouver. The City of Vancouver is part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), which is the third largest metropolitan area in Canada with a population of 2.1 million. The GVRD is the most densely populated regional district in British Columbia.

Originally a sawmill settlement named Granville in the 1870s, Vancouver was incorporated in 1886 and renamed after Captain George Vancouver, a British Naval captain. Today, Vancouver is made up of diverse neighbourhoods from Point Grey and the University Endowment Lands in the west to Champlain Heights and Killarney in the east.

Real estate prices for houses in Vancouver differ greatly from Vancouver East to Vancouver West. The real estate market mostly consists of single family homes with many new condo developments and high-rise apartment buildings concentrated in Vancouver's West End. Prices for single detached houses in Vancouver East average $777,210, and in Vancouver West, $1,850,072. Vancouver East townhouses average at $538,702, while in Vancouver West they average $805,288. East side apartments average $340,277; West side, $514,129. View MLS® Listings in Vancouver and upcoming open houses

Vancouver Amenities

Vancouver Shopping

Vancouver's downtown West End boasts plenty of outdoor shopping such as Robson Street, with its popular shops like Zara, Lululemon, Aritzia and Banana Republic; to the historic Gastown with its eclectic mix of unique boutiques; from trendy Yaletown to South Granville's mix of restaurants, cafes and clothing and furniture shops and art galleries. Vancouver is also served by two shopping malls - Pacific Centre in the downtown core and Oakridge Shopping Centre on the west side.

Schools and Education in Vancouver

There are 74 elementary schools, 17 elementary annexes and 18 secondary schools in the Vancouver School District. The University of British Columbia is located on its own peninsula on the University Endowment Lands in Vancouver west as well as Langara College.

Vancouver Cafés and Restaurants

Vancouver is a food lover's dream with its impressive selection of world-class restaurants, ethnic cuisines, and hidden gems throughout the city. Coffee and food are both local obsessions so there are a plethora of choices and constant new additions! There are also new street food carts scattered throughout the city, which are great additions to the city's food scene.

Vancouver Sports and Recreation

Vancouver residents have no shortage of green spaces or recreational facilities, with over 200 parks scattered around the city. Main attractions include Stanley Park in the heart of Vancouver's West End, one of the largest urban parks in the world with a 150-year-old forest, nine kilometres of seawall for biking, walking or rollerblading, and a host of other attractions. Queen Elizabeth Park, Van Dusen Botanical Garden, and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden are located on the west side of Vancouver and offer thousands of rare plants, an arboretum and even exotic birds. An Italian garden and a popular skateboard park are attractions in Hastings Park, on the east side of Vancouver.

There are three large golf courses in Vancouver: Fraserview, Langara and McCleery, as well as various pitch and putts, community centres and fitness facilities, beaches and swimming pools.

Vancouver Transportation

Vancouver is located centrally with SkyTrain, frequent transit bus links and highway routes leading to neighbouring municipalities and Vancouver International Airport in Richmond. Burnaby, North and South Vancouver, and Richmond are moments away by car or public transit. The SeaBus links downtown Vancouver to the North Shore. There are also numerous urban bike trails, including a designated bike lane on the Burrard Bridge.

Greater Vancouver Property Statistics

Home prices* Vancouver East Vancouver West
Houses $777,210 $1,850,072
Townhouses $538,702 $805,288
Apartments $340,277 $514,129

*Source: BC Real Estate Association

Vancouver Demographics

Population*- 429,500 *Source: BC Stats

60+ 13.2%
40 to 59 34.5%
20 to 39 34.5%
5 to 19 13.6%
0 to 4 4.3%

*Source: BC Stats

Fully owned 48.1%
Rented 51.9%

*Source: BC Stats

Detached 40.7%
Apartments 59.3%

*Source: BC Stats

Municipalities surrounding Greater Vancouver