West Vancouver Neighbourhood

July 12, 2012

Highbrow and ethnically diverse, West Vancouver has long enjoyed a privileged status in local real estate circles. An exclusive destination for the rich and upwardly mobile, it is a world unto itself separated from downtown Vancouver by the forest of Stanley Park and the waters of Burrard Inlet. Waterfront mansions are as desirable here as West Coast Modernist homes on the slopes of Cypress Mountain, where British Pacific Properties has been building since the 1930s.

However, don't let the term "British Properties" fool you current residents in the district's many neighbourhoods reflect the cultures who drive business and investment in the Lower Mainland from upper-crust English to cultured Persian and tight-knit Ismaili residents, as well as a growing Chinese population.

The laid-back lifestyle and taste for fine living is reflected in the shops, restaurants and recreational amenities offered in West Vancouver. Park Royal, the district's original shopping centre, complements village-style clusters of shops along Marine Drive and waterfront neighbourhoods such as Caulfeild, Eagle Harbour and Horseshoe Bay. Award-winning architecture characterizes the local community centres, often nestled beside verdant playing fields with ocean views. And above, Cypress Mountain with its ski slopes beckons.

West Vancouver average benchmark prices for detached homes are approximately $1.8 million, while average condo prices are $637,000. View West Vancouver MLS® listings and upcoming open houses

West Vancouver Amenities

West Vancouver Shopping

Park Royal is West Vancouver's original shopping centre, with a fashion-dominant north mall and a food- and service-oriented south mall. Retail villages at Ambleside, Dundarave and Horseshoe Bay, as well as Caulfeild Village Shopping Centre, offer local alternatives serving local neighbourhoods.

Schools and Education in West Vancouver

Primary schools

  • Caulfeild Elementary School
  • Cedardale Elementary School
  • Chartwell Elementary School
  • Cypress Park Primary School
  • Eagle Harbour Primary School
  • Gleneagles Elementary School
  • Hollyburn Elementary School
  • Irwin Park Elementary School
  • Lions Bay Community School
  • Pauline Johnson Elementary School
  • Ridgeview Elementary School
  • West Bay Elementary School
  • Westcot Elementary School

Secondary schools

  • Rockridge Secondary School
  • Sentinel Secondary School
  • West Vancouver Secondary School

Private Schools

  • Mulgrave K-12 School
  • Collingwood K-12 School

West Vancouver Cafés and Restaurants

West Vancouver abounds in coffee shops and restaurants, from Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Park Royal to Bean Around the World in Ambleside and Salmon House on the Hill in British Properties. Casual fine dining prevails at Beach House at Dundarave Pier and The Boathouse at Horseshoe Bay.

West Vancouver Sports and Recreation

West Vancouver's community centres and marinas bring together indoor and outdoor enthusiasts in a variety of settings, while cycling clubs and golf courses, such as Capilano Golf & Country Club and the precincts of Hollyburn Country Club, offer plenty of diversions for the discerning resident. The slopes of Cypress Mountain offer world-class skiing, while the Baden-Powell trail is enjoyed by joggers and hikers alike.

West Vancouver Transportation

West Vancouver's "Blue Buses" serve neighbourhoods west of the Capilano River, and offer service to downtown Vancouver and North Vancouver. Upper Levels Highway connects the district with ferries from Horseshoe Bay to Howe Sound and Vancouver Island, and the highway becomes the Sea-to-Sky route that leads to Whistler.

West Vancouver Property Statistics

Home prices*
Houses $1,850,600
Townhouses N/A
Apartments $636,700

*Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, benchmark for September 2013

West Vancouver Demographics

Population* 44,058 (2010) *Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

60+ 29.7%
40 to 59 32.1%
20 to 39 16.1%
5 to 19 19%
0 to 4 3.1%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Owned 72.3%
Rented 26.7%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Detached 57.4%
Attached 4.4%
Apartments 37.6%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Suburbs surrounding West Vancouver