In 1862, the area was heavily forested when three gentlemen, known as the Three Greenhorns, each purchased 73 hectares (180 acres) of land with the purpose of establishing a brickworks. That
plan soon changed, and the area instead became the city’s first upscale neighbourhood. These days, it’s an incredibly diverse area, home to the city’s gay community (centred around Davie Village), heritage homes, and around 40,000 people living in high-rise apartments. The parks and beaches are the main attractions, but the people-watching and dining come in close behind.
Living in The West End
The West End is Vancouver’s most expensive neighbourhood for buying housing. Nestled up against the downtown core of the city, this neighbourhood gives its residents quick access to the downtown core as well as a quiet retreat when they want to go home and relax. Housing in The West End consists of condos and apartments. You won’t find many detached houses here. These condos range from affordable to extravagant, so there’s something for everyone here.
Things To Do in The West End
Directly adjoining Stanley Park, the West End is a great place to start and finish your explorations. Biking through the neighbourhood, along the Seawall, and into the park is a favourite pastime—bicycles are easily rented along Denman Street, and it’s easy to get around with dedicated bike lanes criss-crossing the West End. If you have a taste for outdoor adventure, rent a kayak or try stand-up paddleboarding right on English Bay. Continuing east along the Seawall, you’ll find Vancouver’s famous inukshuk statue, which inspired the logo for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. You’ll also find many more striking public art installations, a legacy of the Vancouver Biennale. A visit to the Roedde House Museum, located in a Victorian-era heritage home, will uncover the neighbourhood’s historic roots.
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Being so close to downtown and Stanley Park, the West End sees its fair share of visitors, and you’ll have no trouble finding traditional souvenirs and knick-knacks, especially along Denman Street. Most of the retail along Davie Street caters to local residents, but there are a few standouts such as unique bookstores, gourmet food and wine markets, and homewares.
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