West Vancouver is famous throughout Canada and North America for many things. Park Royal Shopping Centre in the southern part of West Vancouver, was Canada’s first official covered shopping centre. In 2010, Cypress Provincial Park in North Vancouver played host several Olympic events when the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics came to town.
West Vancouver is also home to Point Atkinson, which was named by Captain George Vancouver in 1792. This area is a common reference point to measuring tides. Knowing the tide schedule is important if you’re planning to scuba dive at Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver, one of Western Canada’s best scuba diving locations.
Even the municipality’s library sets the Canada-wide record for having the highest circulation rate per capita in all of Canada. It’s no surprise then that West Vancouver is a very affluent community with many multi-million dollar, waterfront homes. Many people call it the most expensive municipality in Canada.
Even celebrities are attracted to West Vancouver. Famous faces like Harrison Ford and Oprah Winfrey, and Canadian TV personalities like Vicki Gabereau, had or currently have homes in this area.
The high property values in West Vancouver may also be attributed to the beautiful views from all areas of the community. You can buy a waterfront property with a private beach which boasts views of Stanley Park and the nearby metropolis of Vancouver. Or, you can live up on the side of the Coast Mountains and have breath-taking views of the freighters and cruise ships in the harbour, and also have unobstructed front row seats to beautiful BC sunrises and sunsets. Even within the community limits there is approximately 415 hectares of land, managed by the Parks Department, dedicated for recreational use.
Drive British Columbia's most scenic highway, the Sea to Sky. The road starts oceanside, at sea level, then winds its way up, through the mountains offering a wide variety of scenery and activities along the way.
Drive British Columbia's scenic Sunshine Coast Highway. This route includes two ferry trips and a variety of small communities surrounded by some of Canada's most spectacular coastal scenery.
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