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Overview of West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

West Vancouver is a district municipality in the province of British Columbia and is part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) and is located on the North Shore and is adjoined by the District of North Vancouver.

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  • Population: 41 421 (2001)
  • Population Density: 3706.2km²
  • Area: 87.4 km²
  • Latitude: 49°19' N
  • Longitude: 123°9' W
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Time Zone: Pacific
  • Language: English
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History of West Vancouver, British Columbia

The Municipality of West Vancouver was incorporated on March 15, 1912, after separating from the District of North Vancouver. The first municipal election was held on April 6, 1912. In November of 1938, the Lions' Gate Bridge was opened to traffic, allowing growth of the semi-populated community, only previously accessible by ferry. Some homes in West Vancouver date back to the 1920's and 30's, though most of the currently existing dwellings were built in the 1970's and 80's. West Vancouver is also home of Canada's first shopping mall, Park Royal Shopping Centre.

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West Vancouver's Demographics

West Vancouver has the second highest percentage of persons aged 65 or older in British Columbia with 22% of persons fitting into the category compared with 13% for the rest of the province. The top five professions in West Vancouver are professional science and technical, retail, health care, finance and insurance, and education.

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West Vancouver's Climate

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Education in West Vancouver, British Columbia

West Vancouver is home to several elementary, three secondary and four separate schools.

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Transportation around West Vancouver, British Columbia

West Vancouver has operated Canada's longest running public transportation system and was Canada's first 100% wheelchair accessible transit system.

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Tourism and Attractions of West Vancouver

West Vancouver is home to many attractions, including local ski area Cypress Mountain--one of the venues for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Ambleside Park and the 15 block long West Vancouver Seawall are also popular spots for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Whytecliff Park is regarded as one of the best Scuba diving spots in Western Canada. The District also has many other small parks, as well as Lighthouse Park on Point Atkinson, with incredible views of downtown Vancouver.

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Surrounding Communities

  • West Vancouver
  • Horseshoe Bay
  • Lions Bay
  • Strachen Creek
  • Sunset Beach

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Geography of West Vancouver, British Columbia

West Vancouver is situated northwest of the city of Vancouver on Burrard Inlet and Howe Sound. It is located on the North Shore and is adjoined by the District of North Vancouver.

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West Vancouver's Government

The municipal government of North Vancouver is represented by a Mayor and six councillors.

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West Vancouver's Economy and Industry

West Vancouver has no manufacturing industry by law. West Vancouver is mainly a residential district as many residents are retired, work at home, or take the short commute to downtown Vancouver. A 25-block strip of Marine Drive serves as a commercial district, featuring shops, small offices, garages and gas stations, restaurants, banks, and other common amenities.

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West Vancouver's Culture and Significant Events

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Sports in West Vancouver, British Columbia

West Vancouver has a 9 hole par 3 golf course, a pool, an ice rink, basketball and tennis courts, skateboard parks and numerous public parks. West Vancouver is also home to Cypress Provincial Park with mountain biking trails and a large ski and snowboard facility.

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Media of West Vancouver

Wet Vancouver's main daily newspaper is the North Shore News, which also serves North Vancouver.

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