February 28, 2017
© Image by Michael Whyte
NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE: KITSILANO
Welcome to Kitsilano
Kitsilano, named after Squamish Chief August Jack Khatsahlano, became a hotspot for hippie culture during the 1960’s due to its inexpensive housing. Although, this area has been gentrified in recent decades, traces of this culture can be found in the community’s quirky establishments – such as The Naam, one of the city’s oldest vegetarian restaurants.
Today, Kitsilano is a hip suburban neighborhood, with a good mix of residential and commercial areas. It’s hard to be bored in this upbeat community, with easy access to the beach, local boutiques, unique array of eateries, and proximity to the downtown core.
Like many neighborhoods in Vancouver, Kitsilano is bordered by water. To the north is the Burrard Inlet, with Burrard Street to the east, 16th Avenue to the south, and Alma to the west.
One of Kitsilano’s key attractions is Kitsilano Beach, which was named one of the "top 10 best city beaches in the world" by international travel magazines (e.g Reuters). During the summer, Kitsilano beach is the ideal place to hang out with friends, picnic with family, or simply enjoy the sun. The Kitsilano Pool – Vancouver’s only saltwater swimming pool - can also be found at this location.
Kitsilano’s main commercial areas include West 4th Avenue and West Broadway. Lining the streets are an interesting variety of commercial and retail establishments, ranging from mainstream brands to clothing boutiques; major grocery chain stores to organic, farm-to-table restaurants; and local pubs to bakeries and delicatessens. For the devoted shopper, West 4th and West Broadway should prove to be a must-go-to place.
There are also many options for weekend activities with the Museum of Vancouver, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Kitsilano Community Centre, and nearby Granville Island.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Gordon Elementary, Bayview Elementary, Tennyson Elementary, Henry Hudson Elementary
HIGH SCHOOLS: Kitsilano Secondary School, Prince of Wales Secondary School, Lord Byng Secondary
PRIVATE SCHOOLS: St. John’s Schools, St. Augustine School, St. John’s International School
SHOPPING: West 4th Avenue, West Broadway
PLACES TO GO: Kitsilano Beach, Vanier Park, Kitsilano Community Centre, Granville Island
Kitsilano Property Statistics1
Average home price: $1,075,000
*The average home price is based on a representative mix of condos, townhouses, and single family homes.
40 to 64
20 to 39
19 and under
1REW.ca Interactive Map, incorporating data from the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, and Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, December 2014.
2Statistics Canada, Census 2011, custom order for City of Vancouver Local Areas.