Once part of the North Vancouver District, this North Shore community came into its own in 1912, but it wasn’t until after the construction of the Lions Gate Bridge that the population really started to grow. The neighbourhoods of West Vancouver span the North Shore coastline from Horseshoe Bay to North Vancouver City and consist primarily of single-family homes built in the 70s and 80s. There are modern Vancouver condos here, most of which are mid-rise and townhouse developments that appeal to West Vancouver’s high percentage of older residents.
Living in West Vancouver can easily feel like living in the wilderness, with a big city across the bay. With such abundance of natural outdoor space from Bowen Island to Cypress Provincial Park and Grouse Mountain, West Vancouver is known first and foremost as a place for outdoorsy types. But the waterfront communities of Dundarave, Ambleside, and Sentinel Hill offer a more urban atmosphere where residents can find restaurants, shopping malls, and professional services. Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal is one of BC’s largest vehicle ferry links to Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. All in all, West Vancouver condos provide a sense of seclusion from the wider Metro Vancouver area, while still fairly close to the excitement and bustle of the mainland via Highway 99 and Lions Gate Bridge.
Residents of West Vancouver will find that owning a vehicle is beneficial, but there is accessible public transit service with the Blue Bus routes into Downtown Vancouver and all the way over to the University of British Columbia.