West Vancouver

One of the youngest of the cities circling Vancouver, the region was incorporated in 1912 after it split from North Vancouver and is separated from it by the Capilano River.

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West Vancouver saw major growth only after accessibility was improved with the completion of the Lion's Gate Bridge (before only ferry service provided transportation across the Burrard Inlet). It now holds some of the most exclusive real estate in the region with houses priced well into the millions.

The hilly land on the south facing slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range allows for few homes to be constructed capping sprawl but in return provides some of the most amazing views south, west and eastwards depending on the location. Some of the best views of downtown and Stanley Park can be seen from these estates which comprises most of West Vancouver.

There are a few parks situated in the higher elevations and two on the coast.

West Vancouver has a wide range of smaller towns included within its boundaries; Ambleside, Dundarave and Horseshoe Bay.

West Vancouver also is home to some significant historical sites such as Point Atkinson in Lighthouse Park, one of the first charted regions of Vancouver, named after the Capitan whose city bears is name, and Park Royal, Canada's first shopping mall built in the 1950s which is still in operation.

This area is also known for its winding Marine Drive route, this road offers some of the most amazing views of the Burrard Inlet leading from the Lion's Gate Bridge all the way to the end of West Vancouver at the Horseshoe Bay terminal. West Vancouver is also the starting point of the Sea to Sky highway which winds through the valleys and mountainsides to the popular Whistler region which comprises of the bulk of the traffic going through the region if not to the ferry terminal.

Be sure to ascend Cypress Mountain, the only ski hill found in West Vancouver, for some of the most stunning panoramic views of the city.

Whether on the coast or at its peak, West Vancouver offers many activities for all interests from hikes, water sports and skiing to shopping or even reading a book or putting together a puzzle at the beautifully designed West Vancouver Memorial Library.

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Park Royal Shopping Centre

The Park Royal Shopping Centre located in West Vancouver was Canada's first shopping mall and is still in operation today, serving the residents and visitors to Vancouver.

Ambleside Park

Ambleside Park stretches along fifteen blocks of scenic waterfront in West Vancouver encompassing a variety of activities including fishing, walking, bird watching, pitch and putt and seasonal art shows and farmers markets

West Vancouver Museum

Encompassing events, classes, temporary exhibits, and the Archives which collects artifacts, photos and information, the West Vancouver Museum - located in the historic Gertrude Lawson House - showcases the talents of local artists and region's history.

Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park is one of the few coastal parks lining the Burrard Inlet. Encompassing rare old growth trees and a still functioning lighthouse, the park has many interesting hikes and amazing forest and coastal views.

Phyl Munday Nature House

Learn about Lighthouse Park's unique old growth coastal forest, its flora and fauna, the ocean and tide pools found along the coast of the Park and much more at the Phyl Munday Nature House.

Cypress Falls Park

Cypress Falls Park in scenic West Vancouver is a popular hiking spot in the upper regions of the North Shore mountains. With cascading waterfalls, giant trees and rugged paths you will enjoy this stunning hike.

Cypress Provincial Park

Cypress Provincial Park is the largest park in the municipality of West Vancouver, offering year round access with seasonal activities such as skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, hiking and biking and breathtaking panoramic views.

Baden-Powell Trail

The Baden-Powell Trail, stretching from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Deep Cove in North Vancouver is the North Shore's longest hiking and most scenic hiking trails with stops at the peak of Black Mountain, over the Capilano River, through parts of the Grouse Grind, weaving through Lynn Valley Canyon and overlooking Indian Arm

Whytecliff Park

Whytecliff Park offers some of the best sunset views, diving and exploration on the North Shore. Visitors can discover Whyte Island, accessible only in low tide or dig among the rocks to discover crabs, starfish and other hidden creatures along the rocky shoreline.

Horseshoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay encompasses a ferry terminal with trips to Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Bowen Island. Teeming with travellers waiting for ferries, this little town has parks, restaurants and small shops as well as beautiful views of Howe Sound.

Bowen Island

Bowen Island - A small island off the coast of Vancouver is a short ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay. It is a popular destination which offers kayaking, hiking, biking and many exploratory activities

Bowen Island Museum & Archives

Learn about Bowen Island's unique history at the Bowen Island Museum and Archives. Since 1967, the Bowen Island Historians have worked to research, collect, display and educate the public on the regions unique history.