West Point Grey

Time magazine once described Vancouver as a jewel set between snow-covered mountains and deep Pacific Ocean inlets, and it’s hard to disagree. But for the Musqueam people of Ee’yullmough, the community that originally sat on the bluffs overlooking the Strait of Georgia, the peninsula was known as the “Battleground of the West Wind.” Here was the landmark dividing the territory of the Musqueam from those of the Squamish people. To this day, the winds sweeping over the peninsula bring a mix of weather across the bluffs separating the Fraser River from Burrard Inlet. The bluffs also offer a natural terracing that provides a range of exquisite views of the North Shore mountains and the jewel-box towers of the downtown core. Vancouver may be a jewel, but it’s one best admired from Point Grey. The community, which extends west from Alma Street to Pacific Spirit Regional Park and the University Endowment Lands, and north from West 16th Avenue to the beaches bordering English Bay, has long conceived of itself as set apart. Named for Captain George Grey, a friend of Captain George Vancouver, Point Grey was its own municipality from 1908 to 1929, when it amalgamated with Vancouver. The historic shopping district along West 10th Avenue between Discovery and Tolmie streets remains intact, yet in a state of constant renewal. Time-loved stores sit by new residential blocks, with their own additions to the retail streetscape. While it’s one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in Canada, Point Grey is hardly stuffy. Conservative in the best sense of the word, it embraces a mix of residents including business executives and faculty members of the University of British Columbia; working professionals, business owners, artists, and young families; and students, who find the proximity to UBC and the many recreational opportunities appealing. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the good life in West Point Grey. Although community parks and beaches abound, so do private clubs, such as the West Point Grey Golf & Country Club, the Jericho Tennis Club and the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Ultimately, it’s a high-income area with high-income entertainment. People who say that money can’t buy happiness probably don’t live in West Point Grey. Stunning ocean views, amazing beaches, and great parks all a hop, skip, and jump away from downtown Vancouver. Throw some fine dining and high-end shopping into the mix and I’d say the vibe here is pretty grand. Likely because you have to have money to buy here, the median age of the population is 39.7 and the bulk of West Point Grey’s population (38%) sits in the 40 to 64 range. The predominant mother tongue here is English (72%) with Chinese at a distant second (10%), indicating that this area is less multicultural than most others in Vancouver. There are seven community parks in West Point Grey, and nobody lives farther than 800 meters from at least one of them. Particularly worth checking out is the view from West Point Grey Park. The area’s shopping district, Point Grey Village, located on 10th Street is made up of independent, locally-owned businesses and lined with cherry trees. West Point Grey is centrally located, so it’s easy to get to the downtown core from here. Given the deep pockets that it takes to own here, it’s likely that most people drive, and there are good arterial roads for commuting. Because this neighbourhood is adjacent to UBC, it offers good bus service too. There are also some scenic bike routes here that make for yet another means of getting around. west-point-grey

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