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Dunbar-Southlands is a mature community of quiet, residential streets lined with grand old trees, serene parks, convenient Dunbar Village shopping area, and the lovely McCleery Golf Course. Dunbar-Southlands is home to the Musqueam First Nation land, as well as the unique urban country neighbourhood of Southlands. This area is in the southwestern section of the city, north of the Fraser River and east of the University of British Columbia and Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

Neighbourhood history and heritage

Archaeological evidence indicates that native Indians inhabited the Southlands area as early as 400 B.C. The mouth of the Fraser provided abundant hunting and fishing grounds for coastal Salish Indians who settled in at least three locations: the Angus Lands, Celtic Island and the Musqueam Reserve area. In 1879, the Musqueam Reserve was formally dedicated and in 1892, Southlands became part of the newly incorporated District of South Vancouver.


Events in Dunbar-Southlands

Creative Weaving with Debra Sparrow 

Mon, Nov 21, 4:00pm–6:00pm

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair 

Sat, Nov 26, 10:00am–5:00pm

Breakfast with Santa at Dunbar Community Centre 

Sat, Dec 10, 10:00am–12:00pm

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News in Dunbar-Southlands

Velo-City Global conference: Creating cycling-friendly cities

Archived - Velo-City Global conference: Creating cycling-friendly cities

Jun 29, 2012 – Velo-City Global — a conference for those committed to creating cycling-friendly cities and sharing best practices from around the world.

Dunbar-Southlands Community Vision Plan

A Community Vision Plan is the result of a comprehensive, collaborative local planning process.

Read the Dunbar-Southlands Community Vision Plan  3.93 MB

Streets and Transportation

Vancouver is responsible for building and maintaining our roads, sidewalks and public spaces, managing how city streets are used, and creating land use and urban design policies

Explore public art

Discover our featured public art. Go on self-guided walking tours. Find public art by neighbourhood, artwork, or artist.

Grants and awards

View information on grants and funding for arts and culture, strong communities, and sustainability. Find awards that recognize our city's excellence in arts, culture, and civic engagement.

Growing food

Vancouver supports and promotes growing local food, through community gardens and other urban agriculture initiatives, promoting sustainability, and building stronger communities.

Zoning districts, maps, and regulations

Our zoning regulations govern how development occurs in Vancouver. Find a zoning map, zone descriptions, and the Zoning & Development Bylaw.