Top 10 Reasons to live in West Vancouver
West Vancouver is part of Vancouver’s North Shore stretching west from Capilano Road to the Village of Horseshoe Bay. Renowned for it’s posh neighbourhoods and high priced real estate it is better known for it’s picturesque hillside setting and stunning views of Burrard Inlet.
One of the most popular amenities in West Vancouver, 1.7 km paved oceanfront walk from 24th Street at Dundarave Park to 18th St in Ambleside where it joins into John Lawson Park and continues into Ambleside Park. The everchanging views of Burrard Inlet, Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park and over to the westside of Vancouver keep Vancouverites coming back on a regular basis. Note: restrictions on dogs and cycling in place.
2. Hollyburn Mountain & Cypress Mountain Ski Resort
Hollyburn Mountain is the backdrop for West Vancouver and is host to a myriad of trails for hiking, snowshoeing, downhill and cross country skiing. It is also part of the Cypress Mountain Ski resort, Vancouver’s largest ski resort and the PROUD HOME OF CANADA’S FIRST OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS ON HOME SNOW in 2010.
Situated on the western tip of West Vancouver at the entrance to Howe Sound, the village of Horseshoe Bay is worth the trip for the views alone. Surrounded by mountains and looking out into Howe Sound you can watch the BC Ferries come and go as they service Bowen Island, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. Charter a boat for fishing or wander the many unique shops, cafes and restaurants as well as a waterfront park and playground. Horseshoe Bay also marks the start of the Sea to Sky highway heading north to Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton.
The gateway to West Vancouver, Ambleside is a waterfront neighbourhood that celebrates community and culture in all its forms. It is a beautiful beach community that is home to artists, galleries and year-round festivals. The commercial hub along Marine Drive is a myriad of original, independent shops and restaurants and connects to Ambleside Beach where you will find soccer fields, tennis courts, pitch and putt, children’s playground, skateboard park and a very popular dog park.
A picturesque seaside village with a charming shopping street and beachfront park. Home to Dundarave Pier and the Beachhouse Restaurant it is also the start of the Centennial Seawalk. One of the most visited parks in West Vancouver, Dundarave has an interesting history as the ferry stop for holidaying and hiking Vancouverites prior to the Lions Gate Bridge being built.
Lighthouse Park is a unique, nationally significant natural park. It is home to the historic site of the Point Atkinson Lighthouse and light station as well as old growth forest and a myriad of trails.
Whytecliff park is an oceanfront famous for its rugged Howe Sound coastline and incredible diving. Beach access for swimming, picnic areas and playgrounds make this a popular spot for families and Vancouverites taking the scenic drive along Marine Drive.
7. Recreation amenities
22nd Street is the recreation hub of West Vancouver and you will find the modern West Van Rec Centre and Aquatic Centre hosting and endless list of activities for all ages. Adjacent to the Rec Centre is the Seniors Activity Centre and Ice Arena. A satellite facility, the Gleneagles Community Centre is in the lower Caulfield area adjacent to the Gleneagles Golf Course just east of Horseshoe Bay.
West Vancouver schools offer a broad range of choices for students from West Vancouver, Bowen Island, Lions Bay and beyond. The top performing school board in British Columbia is built on academic performance and is comprised of 14 elementary schools and 3 secondary schools.
West Vancouver is known for its iconic waterfront and view properties and is one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in Canada. Majority of housing is single family however new construction is bringing an increase in condo and townhouse units. For more information on availability and pricing contact us directly.
For more information on West Vancouver check out www.westvancouver.ca