Vancouver Heights Neighbourhood Info

Elizabeth Wilson
July 12, 2012

Vancouver Heights (also known as Burnaby Heights) is a quiet, family-oriented residential neighbourhood in North Burnaby, commonly referred to as "The Heights." A vibrant community enclave between Boundary Road to the west, Gamma Avenue to the east and Hastings Street to the south, Vancouver Heights has close ties to the Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood in Vancouver and is only 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver. There are a large number of heritage homes in Vancouver Heights that were built by early British settlers, mostly to the north of Hastings Street.

Vancouver Heights real estate properties and sales consist mostly of single-family homes, although there are high-rise apartments and condos concentrated along Hastings Street. Average house prices start at $659,000 and can go beyond $2,000,000, depending on location heritage houses come with a higher real estate market value. Apartments and condominiums start at an affordable $219,000, and townhouses at $289,000. Most people live in single- or two-family dwellings and high-rise apartments are not as common as they are farther west on Hastings Street. Average rental prices for apartments and townhouses in Vancouver Heights are $939 per month. View Vancouver Heights MLS® listings.

Vancouver Heights Amenities

Vancouver Heights Shopping

The heart of shopping at The Heights is Burnaby Heights, a popular outdoor shopping experience with unique shops, boutiques, and services a short bus ride away along Hastings Street. Merchants include a dog bakery, dance studio, meat market and deli, gourmet bakery and financial institutions.

Or, there is Brentwood Town Centre, a local shopping mall to the southeast of Capitol Hill with over 110 shops and services, including a London Drugs, Zellers and Sears.

Schools and Education in Vancouver Heights

Elementary Schools

Secondary Schools

Private Schools

Vancouver Heights Cafés and Restaurants

Vancouver Heights is a vibrant, multicultural community and this is reflected in the abundance of different types of cuisines available in the neighbourhood, including Italian, Portuguese and Chinese restaurants. There are also a number of specialty cafés, delis and bakeries.

Vancouver Heights Sports and Recreation

Vancouver Heights is close to Confederation Park, which has something for everyone, from its lawn bowling green to its tennis courts. There are also soccer fields, a lacrosse box, a skateboard park and a model steam railway that runs every weekend in the summer. Nearby facilities for swimming and fitness include the Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool and Fitness Centre and the Confederation Community Centre.

There is also the Confederation Park Off-Leash Trail for dogs off of Penzance Drive. Montrose Park is located in Vancouver Heights and is part of a pedestrian/cycle trail. The Vancouver Heights section of the trail starts at Boundary Road and goes west through Montrose Park. The park is also popular with birdwatchers as it is just off the Burrard Inlet.

Vancouver Heights Transportation

Vancouver Heights is well-served by transit bus links along Hastings Street to Simon Fraser University, Downtown Vancouver, Nanaimo Station and to Metrotown and SkyTrain stations in Burnaby. Vancouver Heights also has convenient access to the Trans Canada Highway, with quick links to the North Shore.

Vancouver Heights Property Statistics

Home prices*
Houses $1,110,422
Townhouses $452,497
Apartments $386,935

*Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver

Vancouver Heights Demographics

Population*- 5,235

*Source: BC Stats

60+ 21.9%
40 to 59 31.4%
20 to 39 27.9%
5 to 19 14.4%
0 to 4 4.9%

*Source: BC Stats

Fully owned 61.4%
Rented 38.6%

*Source: BC Stats

Detached 58%
Apartments 42%

*Source: BC Stats

Neighbourhoods surrounding Vancouver Heights

Why I Love This Neighbourhood
With views of Vancouver's tantalizing skyline, the Lions Gate bridge's twinkling necklace and snow-capped mountain peaks, the Heights neighbourhood of North Burnaby is a gem. A vibrant neighbourhood of beautiful tree-lined streets, great schools, eclectic shopping district but more importantly a community where neighbours know neighbours. A fabulous mix of heritage homes and brand new modern homes make this neighbourhood interesting. Block parties and community celebrations abound with Hat's Off Day attracting 10-20,0000 people a year. Our neighbourhood has something for everyone, buffered by parks & Trans Canada Trail system for enjoyment of the outdoors plus Confederation Center for seniors, Eileen Dailly Pool and Confederation Park for actives and McGill Branch Library for intellectual enhancement. All this and only 15 minutes to Downtown Vancouver! Ken & Linda Johnston, Re/Max Central (North)
Elizabeth Wilson
As content editor, Elizabeth spends every day immersed in real estate news and opinion so she can deliver fresh, relevant articles to’s visitors. She comes from a varied background in Internet marketing, book publishing, multimedia writing and radio, but what prepared her best for this position is her experience as a renter, seller and buyer in the Vancouver real estate market.