West Vancouver

Incorporated in 1912, West Vancouver was an isolated community, with small developed areas in Caulfeild, Dundarave and Horseshoe Bay.

The 1926 Town Planning Act set the pattern for future growth. It included the banning of new industry and limiting commercial growth to specific areas.

Today, West Vancouver offers some of Canada’s most expensive and exclusive real estate.

West Vancouver Timeline

  • 1912 – Incorporation
  • 1914 – Passenger rail service arrives
  • 1922 – Electrical power is introduced
  • 1926 – Town Planning Act invoked
  • 1927 – Gleneagles Golf Course is opened and Hollyburn Ski Club is formed
  • 1931 – British Pacific Properties Limited is formed
  • 1938 – Lions Gate Bridge is opened to traffic
  • 1950 – Park Royal Shopping Centre, Canada’s first shopping centre is opened
  • 1974 – Upper Levels Highway completed

Home to West Vancouver’s commercial district, a large majority of citizens live here. Ambleside and John Lawson Park, along with the West Vancouver Rec Centre offer residents great recreational facilities. Enjoy dining epicurean delights from all over the world.

A stroll along the seawall at sunset is a must!
Originally purchased by British Pacific Properties Ltd. for $75,000, the British Properties are home to some of Canada’s most exclusive properties. They also offer world-class views to Vancouver Island to the West and to the San Juan Islands located in Washington State to the south.

Take a scenic drive through the neighbourhoods and enjoy the view!

One of the original settlements of West Vancouver, from the waterfront properties rising up to the Upper Levels Highway, wonderful view and waterfront properties exist. There are stunning views to downtown Vancouver!

Take a rain forest hike out to Point Atkinson located in Lighthouse Park.

The gateway to Vancouver Island, Bowen Island and the Sunshine Coast, Horseshoe Bay via BC Ferries, it offers boating and salt-water fishing in Howe Sound. It is also the start of the Sea to Sky Highway.
Enjoy an order of fish and chips at the park and watch the ferries come and go!