Ranked number 3 on the most livable cities in the world in 2017, it is not hard to see why Vancouver is considered one of the most attractive places to live. With it’s breathtaking views and natural settings, Vancouver offers a picturesque backdrop to your choice of suburban or metropolitan living.
Vancouver provides world renown Universities attracting both national and international students. Many campuses including UBC and Simon Fraser University are both highly ranked and boast amazing architecture.
The BC Provincial Government offers a number of services to assist you in finding the right school for your child. From elementary to secondary, the Ministry of Education website (http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/reporting/district.php) is a means of looking at the overall performance of your childs potential school including:
Thanks to a highly connected transit system, getting around the city and out to the suburbs is as simple as catching one of the many forms of public transport. Be it by bus, sky train or sea bus getting around is easy and gives you more time to sit back and take in the gorgeous scenery the city has to offer.
If public transport is not your cup of tea, then Vancouver offers multiple car sharing services including Car2Go and Evo as well as readily available taxi services accessing the Region.
Safety in your neighbourhood is an important part of selecting your next home. Neighbourhood profile reports including crime rates are easily accessible online at your local police website.
The average income in Vancouver in 2016 was approximately $50,317 according to a survey undertaken by Statistics Canada.
Connected to Downtown Vancouver by Lion’s Gate bridge, West Vancouver is nestled in the magnificent North Shore Mountains and only a 20 minute drive to Downtown. Whether it be the beaches at Ambleside or hiking in the fresh mountain air, West Vancouver is the perfect gateway to nature. It provides picturesque views of Howe Sound, Stanley Park and English Bay as well as easy access to Cypress Mountain. With a population of approximately 42,473 it provides a quieter setting for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of big city life.
Public schools in West Vancouver are controlled by School District 45 West Vancouver, containing 17 schools ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Located on the north shore of the Burrard Inlet, the beautiful city of North Vancouver is positioned directly opposite to Downtown Vancouver. It is easily accessible by a short 15minute ferry ride on the Sea Bus or by a number of bus lines running to the city centre.
Lonsdale Quay offers a market place for fresh local produce and novelty stores. Located on the water with a stunning view of downtown at night, the Quay is one of the main attractions the city has to offer.
Running through the centre of the city, Lonsdale Avenue provides easy access to restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Grouse Mountain is a popular ski hill and hiking destination in North Vancouver and is accessible by public transport.
According to BC Stats the population in North Vancouver including the City and District was 138,833 in 2016.
Public schools in North Vancouver are run by the North Vancouver School Board. There are a total of 38 schools in North Vancouver with 8 high schools and 30 elementary.
Downtown is Vancouver’s business, cultural, commercial, financial, government and entertainment hub. The city is bound by the Burrard Inlet to the north, False Creek and the popular district of Yaletown to the south, West End neighbourhood and iconic Stanley Park to the west and the historic district of Gastown, Chinatown and Strathcona to the east.
As well as being the core of events and business, Downtown Vancouver also includes residential neighbourhoods in the form of high rise apartment and condominiums in Yaletown and Coal Harbour.
Downtown Vancouver includes over 8000 businesses and more than 50,000 daytime employees. The primary residence base is over 79,000, with a projected increase to more than 100,000 people by 2020.
Downtown is home to significantly more young adults aged between 20 and 34 and far fewer children and seniors than the City of Vancouver and Metro Vancouver overall.
Downtown Vancouver is the central public transport access point to all municipalities in the Metro Vancouver Region. Waterfront Station offers connections to the Seabus, multiple trainlines and bus routes. The city also offers two car share programs that allow freedom to get around the city and surrounding municipalities even without owning your own vehicle.
Downtown Vancouver is covered by School District 39 and includes 75 Elementary and 18 Secondary schools.
A trendy place to live and do business, Yaletown offers a mixture of art galleries, retail stores, restaurants, office and residential developments. Bordered by Homer Street, Robson Street and False Creek, Yaletown is home to approximately 11,608 residents with the majority being young professionals between the ages of 20 to 40. Public transport access is by Roundhouse Station located near Mainland Street, home to a number of boutique retail stores and Yaletown nightlife.
A community right on the waters edge, Coal Harbour is a charming mix of business and residential, being home to the Vancouver Convention Centre as well as condo towers. The seawall offers a mini getaway right in the heart of downtown. Many interpretive signs are located around the neighbourhood as well as various art works including the Olympic flame from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Located right beside the beautiful English Bay, the West End is one of the easiest neighbourhoods for visitors to explore. A gateway to Stanley Park, the neighbourhood is bordered by Stanley Park on one side, as well as English Bay, Granville and Robson Streets. West End is an incredibly diverse area with around 40,000 residents. Parks and beaches are the main attractions in the West End.
East Vancouver or East Van as it is commonly known, is surrounded by the Burrard Inlet to the north, Fraser River to the south and the city of Burnaby to the east. This area encompasses the Downtown Eastside, Mount Pleasant, Grandview – Woodland and Hastings Sunrise. Historically known to be the more affordable housing area, East Van is predominantly industrial and working class riding.
Home to over 308,019 people, Vancouver East provides a “down-to-earth” setting and includes the hip Main Street, a mecca of art, fashion and designer boutiques, as well as a diverse and affordable area for restaurants, cafes and groceries.
Commercial Drive or “The Drive” as it is also known is a mixture of commercial and residential. With a high portion of ethnic and vegetarian restaurants as well as endless breweries, it is a popular place to dine out and meet friends.
Vancouver East is covered by the School District of Vancouver 39 offering 75 Elementary and 18 Secondary schools.
Vancouver East is easily access through multiple bus lines and sky train stations scattered throughout the area.
If a coastal city is what you are after then Richmond may just be the place for you. Located just 30 mins to Downtown Vancouver, this city is a representation of culture, diversity and opportunity.
Richmond is a hub for recreation, exploration and lifestyle. Boasting a population of approximately 198,309, 60% of the city comprises a large portion of immigration population, providing for a rich background. Richmond is a stone throw away from YVR International and Domestic Airports offering easy access to Canada and the world. Access to Downtown Vancouver is through the Skytrain Canada Line offering a quick 30 minute commute into the city.
Home to over 1900 acres of public parkland, over 70 kilometers of trails and 60 kilometers of road cycling paths, Richmond is a major contributor to outdoor recreation.
The main economy of the city is light manufacturing, airport and aviation sector as well as fishing and agriculture. The film industry is also a large contributor to the cities economy.
The public school system is covered by School District 38, encompassing 10 secondary schools and 38 elementary schools.
With a population of 232,755, Burnaby is one of the more rapidly growing cities in Metro Vancouver. The city offers a diverse community with over 54% of the population having a first language other than French or English. Bound by the Fraser River and Burrard Inlet, the city showcases a vast landscape offering hills, valleys, ridges and alluvial plains. Burnaby experiences higher than average snowfall as a result of it’s higher elevation with an average of 183 days of precipitation per year.
The economy in Burnaby is driven predominantly by IT and heavy petroleum industry refineries. The employment rate in Burnaby was growing at a rate of 1.8% per year according to the 2011 census with a 92.6% employment rate.
Getting to and from Burnaby is made easy with multiple access points to the Trans Canada Highway. The city is in the middle of the transit system of Metro Vancouver offering a number of Skytrain stations throughout the city as well as multiple bus routes directly to Downtown Vancouver.
Burnaby is covered by School District 41 offering 41 elementary schools and 8 secondary schools. The city is also home to two major post secondary institutions including Simon Fraser University (SFU), located on Burnaby Mountain and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
The oldest city in Western Canada, New Westminster or New West as its affectionately called, is a cultural hub setting it apart from its neighbouring cities. The Anvil Centre is a state of the art facility located in downtown New Westminster, hosting all types of events including concerts, film festivals, corporate events and performing arts.
Home to approximately 70, 996 residents, the city has a vast economic progression that supports industry such as fishing and lumber to more modern high tech and fibre optic industry.
The city offers 12 community parks, 20 neighbourhood parks and 7 off-leash dog parks scattered throughout the city. Trans Canada Highway offers express way access to Downtown Vancouver taking just 40 mins by car. The pubic transport system is an easy connection through 2 main skytrain stations in the city, New West Minster and Columbia Station.
The city is covered by the New Westminster School District and is home to 9 elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. New West has four post secondary education facilities including Douglas College, Justice Institute of British Columbia, Boucher Institute and CG Masters School of 3D Animation and Visual Effects.
With a population of 139,284, Coquitlam is the sixth largest city in the province. Coquitlam is home to an extensive outdoor culture with over 90 kilometers of hiking trails, and a diverse cultural population with 41% of residents born outside of Canada, it’s no surprise that the City was recognised as the Culture Capital of Canada in 2009. With over 890 hectares of open green space, Coquitlam is home to over 80 municipal parks and natural areas offering stunning and unique outdoor experiences.
Coquitlam offers 11 public secondary schools, 14 middle schools and 45 elementary schools all served by the Coquitlam School District 43.
Regular public transport throughout the city connects Coquitlam to other municipalities. The recent construction of the Coquitlam Skytrain Station means getting to Downtown Vancouver is made easy.
Boasting an impressive 200 parks, the desire for green living and wide open spaces makes Surrey an ideal location for lovers of the outdoors. The city is home to over 15 golf courses and is a paradise for golfing enthusiasts.
A population of 517,887 makes Surrey the second largest city in British Columbia, and third largest city by area. The low population density gives the city an unrestricted and open feel making it an ideal place to start or grow your family. The city is connected by its SkyTrain link taking just 30 minutes to get Downtown. Surrey is also serviced by three international airports all within 32 kilometers, in Vancouver, Abbotsford and Bellingham.
The School District 36 Surrey oversees 101 public elementary schools and 19 public secondary schools, making it the largest school board in British Columbia.
With a population of 102,238, Delta encompasses 180 square kilometers borderd by the Fraser River on the north, United States border to the south, city of Surrey to the east and the strait of Georgia to the west.
Delta is comprised of three distinct communities: Ladner, Tawassen and North Delta with an economy driven by support of strong farming and agricultural foundations. Delta’s estimated household income is 30% higher than the Canadian average and has one of the fastest growing industrial areas in Greater Vancouver.
Known as one of the sunniest and driest spots in British Columbia, Delta is an outdoor enthusiast’s delight with extensive park systems, ocean walks and even a bird sanctuary, the city offers endless outdoor experiences.
Only a 30 minute drive to Downtown Vancouver, Highway 99 offers convenient access to the city. The ferry terminal at Tawassen also provides connections to Vancouver Island, Prince Rupert and the Gulf Islands. The area is accessible to rail, water and major highways in all directions.
The Delta School District comprises 24 elementary schools and 7 secondary schools.
Located 48 kilometers south of Vancouver, the seaside community of White Rock exudes a carefree and relaxed community. The beaches, fine dining, festivals and cultural fun are at the top of the list of things to experience in this beautiful city. Its close proximity to Seattle (2 hour drive) and sunny disposition have made White Rock a year round vacation hot spot. With the border only 10 mins away, it is also a popular destination for cross-border travelers looking for convenient access to both the US and Canada.
With a modest population of only 19,952, White Rock is a perfect location for those wanting an escape from big city life. It’s moderate climate also makes it a preferred retirement spot.
White Rock shares a public school district with Surrey. The School District 36 Surrey oversees 101 public elementary schools and 19 public secondary schools, making it the largest school board in British Columbia.
Affectionately known for its small town charm, extensive recreational activities, and distinctive high-end eateries and shopping, the City of Langley is fast becoming a hotspot for tourism.
The pedestrian friendly centre embraces it’s close knit-community however is still easily accessible and only 40 mins from Downtown by car. The population of Langley, including the surrounding district is approximately 143,173 and lies directly east of the City of Surrey. The perfect blend of country meets city, Langley’s dynamic community caters for all lifestyles.
The City of Langley encompasses 45 schools, with 11 public schools and 2 secondary schools all under School District 35 Langley.
Maple Ridge is a dynamic city located between the scenic Fraser River and the Golden Ears National Parks, offering some of the mildest climates in the country. A relatively new city (designated in 2014), it boasts a thriving economy based predominantly around forestry and agriculture and retains strong ties with it’s heritage.
Maple Ridge contains over 100 kilometers of trails and hikes with an additional 50 kilometers of trails accessed via the Golden Ears Provincial Park. The population in Maple Ridge is approximately 82,256 as of 2016.
Just a 45 minute drive east of Downtown Vancouver, Maple Ridge is easily accessible by the Trans Canada Highway. Public transport connections make commuting to the city simple with the West Coast Express train which operates 5 days a week for those who work in the city.
The public school district is upheld by School District 42 – Maple Ridge/ Pitt Meadows serving both communities.
A popular tourist destination, the Sunshine Coast stretches along 180 kilometers of land from Gibsons to Lund on the southern coast of British Columbia. The steep and rugged terrain means the only access to the Sunshine Coast is by ferry or sea/float plane. It’s secluded nature and untouched beauty make it one of BC’s best kept secrets boasting an overall population of only 59,940.
A scenic 40 minute ferry ride connects the Sunshine Coast to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver and offers a unique experience to those looking to escape. It’s near pristine scenery draws many out of the city to indulge in the numerous outdoor activities the coast has to offer including kayaking, fishing, hiking or even just relaxing on one of the many beaches along the coastline.
The Sunshine Coast public school system is covered by School District 46 which encompasses 11 Elementary and 4 Secondary Schools.
With a population of 203,520, Vancouver West comprises a number of neighbourhoods including Downtown Vancouver (including Yaletown and West End), Kitsilano, Fairview, West Point Grey, Shaughnessy, Arbutus Ridge, Dunbar, Kerrisdale, Oakridge and Marpole.
Vancouver West is covered by public School District 39 Vancouver which includes 75 Elementary and 18 Secondary Schools.
Offering a diverse range of activities including the many beaches stretching from Kitsilano to West Point Grey, Vancouver West is fast becoming one of the most desirable places to live in the Lower Mainland.
Getting around the neighbourhoods of Vancouver West is easy with the frequent and varying bus routes allowing direct connections between Vancouver West, downtown and surrounding municipalities.