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Safe neighborhoods

West Vancouver offers Canada’s highest average income and lowest urban crime rate.

Unspoiled natural beauty

Located on British’s Columbia’s west coast, West Vancouver is a one of the most desirable places to live in Canada.

Urban sophistication

West Vancouver is Just a quick trip to downtown Vancouver, one of the world’s most livable cities and the largest city in British Columbia.

To apply to attend one of West Vancouver Schools elementary or secondary schools, please click on the button.

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Discover Recreational Wonders

Hike, swim, sail, and bike in comfortable summer temperatures—our average is 25 degrees Celsius. In the winter, it rarely falls below zero in our city. And what outstanding ski and snowboarding opportunities we have close by! Cypress Mountain is only 20 minutes from West Vancouver’s town centre. Besides snow sports, the mountain offers amazing city views.

And only a 90-minute drive away is Whistler Village, co-host to the 2010 Winter Olympics. You can indulge in the best skiing and snowboarding in North America.

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A homestay family: the perfect choice

If you study with us, we’ll place you with a specially chosen Canadian family in a fine West Vancouver home.

  • Experience the best of our community—all that West Vancouver has to offer
  • Develop life-long friendships
  • Accelerate your education through English-language immersion
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Outdoor recreation

With gorgeous surroundings of mountains, ocean, and forest, Vancouver offers no end to exciting activities for students who like to explore.

Ambleside Park

A delightful 24 hectares of greenery with a wide, sandy beach and a 1.2-kilometre walk along the Pacific Ocean (map)

Whistler

Whistler Village and Whistler Mountain (co-host of the 2010 Winter Olympics!) and Blackcomb Mountain (map)

(requires a Student Travel Application)

Lighthouse park

A beautiful waterfront park with cedar and fir forests (map)

Stanley Park

This outstanding park in the heart of the city of Vancouver has forests and waterfront trails, a public aquarium, top restaurants and more (map)

Cypress Mountain

Cypress Mountain: top skiing and snowboarding at an Olympics-rated site (map)

Lynn Canyon

Lynn Canyon: step into the temperate rainforest after crossing a narrow suspension bridge over a rushing canyon (map)

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Plenty of shopping

Unique clothes and accessories. Top sports equipment. Designer shoes. West Vancouver offers an eclectic variety of shopping options, from classy boutiques with the latest fashions from local and international designers, to books and top-quality outdoor gear.

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  • Enjoy trendy Robson Street, with top designer shops and major chain stores like American Apparel. Locals have voted it the best shopping street in the city! (map)
  • Gastown shopping district in historic old Vancouver is popular with tourists. See the city’s famous steam clock. (map)

West Vancouver

  • Park Royal Shopping Centre and its retail mall has 280 specialty shops, restaurants, and services spread over more than 1.2 million square feet (map)
  • Buy, or window-shop, at selective boutiques on Marine Drive

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Cultural Activities

If you’re an arts lover, you’ll feel right at home in Vancouver. Some of the most popular activities in West Vancouver and Vancouver are:

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All of the above are located in the Ambleside waterfront area of West Vancouver (map)

More Activities

First of all, see the TransLink Trip Planning website. If you are not sure how to get there, this site is very helpful.
Check out the Vancouver North Shore website for more events, attractions and activities.

Community Centre Youth Lounge
604-925-7270 | 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Hours: Tue. & Wed. 3-5 pm | Fri. & Sat. 3-6 pm
Open Gym: $2 drop-in for youth | Drop-in schedule

Gleneagles Skate Terrain Park
604-921-2100 | 6262 Marine Drive (adjacent to Gleneagles Community Centre)
Hours of Operation: Dawn to dusk, year round

West Vancouver Library – Room 14 (for Teens)
604-925-7400 | 1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC V7V 1J8
Hours of Operation: Mon. to Thu. 10 am – 9 pm | Fri. 10 am – 6 pm | Sat. & Sun. 10 am – 5 pm

Room 14 (a room for teens) in West Vancouver Memorial Library is dedicated to youth in Grades 8–12.
This is your place to relax, meet with friends, study or make something amazing!

Local hikes or attractions

Map of Greater Vancouver– places you can visit during the day without requiring the Student Travel Application.

Places that require Student Travel Application