West Vancouver is one of the Lower Mainland's most naturally beautiful and prestigious municipalities. Residents live in an area nestled between oceanfront and mountainside, enjoying everything from world-class ski resorts and recreation, to spectacular parks and numerous public beaches. You can search available West Vancouver homes here.
WEST VANCOUVER BEACHES
While Ambleside and Dundarave Beach are the most well-known public beaches in West Vancouver, Stearman Beach, Sandy Cove and Altamont Beach are less frequented but equally stunning. The West Vancouve Seawall Walk is another popular waterfront destination.
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WEST VANCOUVER SKI HILLS
Host mountain of several events during the 2010 Olympics, Cypress Mountain is located just above Highway 1 as it crosses through West Vancouver. In addition to downhill, other options include cross country skiing, snowtubing and snowshoeing. West Vancouver residents also benefit from being only 90-minutes from world-renowned Whister Blackcomb.
DINING OUT IN WEST VANCOUVER
With the exception of Salmon House on the Hill, the majority of your dining options in West Vancouver are going to be found within a few blocks of the waterfront. The Beach House, the Boat Shed Ambleside and Earls Ambleside are all popular for their oceanside patios. Park Royal offers a range of options in one place: from Glowbal Group's Trattoria, to The Village Taphouse.
If you're looking for some insights into the area's best restaurants, enjoy this list from foodie-focused publication, Noms Magazine.
WEST VANCOUVER SCHOOLS
WEST VANCOUVER RECREATION
West Vancouver offers an abundance of options for sports and recreation, from the soccer and field hockey-specific turfs at Ambleside, to the comprehensive programming offered by the West Vancouver Community Centre and Gleneagles Community Centre.
Hollyburn Country Club is a world-class private recreation facility for families that is situated in the British Properties overlooking the city.
Capilano Golf and Country Club in another highly regarded private facility in the area, ranking among the top 10 golf courses in Canada.
This is all in addition to numerous specialised sports programs and the outdoor recreation opportunities that West Vancouver provides.
WEST VANCOUVER TRAILS
Given its location along the mountainside, and waterfront, West Vancouver offers no shortage of hiking trails and stunning walks. From the Baden Powell Trail, which stretches all the way from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove, to Cypress Falls, which is just under 3 km, there is something for everyone.
WEST VANCOUVER SHOPPING
Park Royal Shopping Centre is without doubt the most well-known and frequented shopping destination in West Vancouver, covering everything from clothing stores and electronics, to grocery stores and restaurants.
Caulfield Village is the one shopping area located away from the water. You can find its shops, cafes and services just off the Upper Levels highway en route to Horseshoe Bay heading west.
And speaking of Horseshoe Bay, this quaint seaside community is home to a number of galleries and local gift stores, not to mention some great ice cream and fish & chips.
WEST VANCOUVER MARINAS
If boating is your thing, West Vancouver is home to a number of yacht clubs and marinas. You can find a list of them here.
Sewell's Marina also offers boat rentals in West Vancouver for those who only want to get out on the ocean for a day or two. The West Vancouver Yacht Club has a boat sharing option for members, along with a long list of racing and sailing programs.
Bowen Island, the Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast are popular trips.
WEST VANCOUVER PARKS
West Vancouver's parks offer something for all ages. John Lawson is a favourite among kids with its wooden pirate ship, train and water park (in the summer). Other popular options are Lighthouse Park, known for its beautiful scenery, and Whytecliff Park, which is is sought out by scubadivers. Capilano Regional Park is home to a network of forest trails, a salmon hatchery and the often-photographed, Capilano Dam.
You can see a more complete lists of parks on the District's website here.
WEST VANCOUVER ARTS
For those interested in the visual arts, the West Vancouver Art Museum and Silk Purse Gallery host frequent exhibitions along with events and educational arts programs. At the time of writing, award-winning local artist, Martha Sturdy, had her "All Fall Down" sculpture series on display at WVAM. Another notable local artist, Douglas Coupland, has several permanent installations in the district.
The Key Meek Arts Centre offers audiences live music and performances, in addition to visual art displays. The centre was made possible thanks to donations from a West Vancouver resident, Mrs Kay Meek, who recognised the need for a performance art centre in the municipality.
Every year the Harmony Arts Festival, brings a celebration of visual, performance and culinary arts to the West Vancouver waterfront for a week-long celebration.
WEST VANCOUVER HOMES
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