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West End

The West End lies west of Downtown, and, on three sides, is bounded by water: English Bay, Coal Harbour, and Lost Lagoon in world-famous Stanley Park. Recreational amenities are within walking distance for residents of this high-density area. The West End includes Davie Village – traditionally a hub for the city's gay community – and Denman Street, which together provide local shopping and restaurants. This area also has high-end retail on Robson Street and Alberni Street.

This area has a community plan completed in late 2013.

Neighourhood history and heritage

The West End is located in the most densely populated, intensively active portion of the Lower Mainland. It shares the peninsula with the Downtown, Central Business District and Stanley Park. Until the turn of the century, the West End was only sparsely settled, due to its distance from the old Granville Townsite (Gastown). 

Events in West End

Rockin' in the Park 

Sat, Jul 9, 11:00am–2:00pm

Let's dance! Kid's dance and yoga

Mon, Jul 11, 9:30am–3:00pm

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News in West End

Illustration of the building for the rezoning at 1754-1772 Pendrell Street

Archived - Court rules in favour of plans for 178 secured market rental housing units in the West End

Feb 16, 2016 – Twenty-six of the units in the proposed rezoning of 1754-1772 Pendrell St would have rents secured for 30 years at 20% below the average market rent in the West End.

Chickadee © Jay Black

Archived - Celebrate birds during Vancouver Bird Week 2014

Apr 25, 2014 – Learn about opportunities to celebrate Vancouver Bird Week May 3-10. From bird nerd to bird curious, there are events for people of all ages.

Blue heron photo © Michael Schmidt

Archived - Pacific great blue herons return to Stanley Park after successful 2013 season

Mar 10, 2014 – The Pacific great blue herons have returned to their current nest site in Stanley Park for the 14th consecutive year. They began arriving in the past week to the trees that tower above the Park Board's Administrative Offices and the tennis courts.

Initiatives in the West End

West End community plan

West End Community Plan

We created the West End Community Plan to ensure that future growth in the West End meets the needs of the community. Learn more about the plan.

Illustration of proposed Comox Helmcken Greenway

Comox-Helmcken

The Comox-Helmcken Greenway provides an important east-west connection through Downtown from False Creek to Stanley Park. It is being developed in two phases.

Daytime rendering of Jim Deva Plaza in the Davie Village

Heart of Davie Village Public Space Improvement Project

We're considering a new permanent plaza, decorative lighting, wider sidewalks, landscaping, public art, and a mid-block pedestrian crossing at Davie and Bute. Learn about this West End Community Plan implementation project and help shape the outcome.

Transportation options and projects in your neighbourhood

Granville street 1919 to 2012

Streets and Transportation

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Zoning districts, maps, and regulations

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West End Community Plan

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

Read the West End Community Plan  16.8 MB

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