Vancouver's most family-friendly neighbourhoods
If you’re raising a family in Vancouver there’s a lot to consider before buying a home. Chances are, you want your kids to have access to the best schools and extracurricular activities offered by a global city, along with the quiet streets, safety and sense of community of a small town.
This neighbourhood is appropriately named. Life in Mount Pleasant is about as pleasant as it gets, and nearby amenities are an added bonus to the area’s tree-lined streets and stunning character homes. With a SkyTrain extension coming to Broadway and another on Cambie, you’ll be able to get to work in a flash plus the walk-able transit will add value to your home.
Situated between the thriving arts and food scenes along Main Street and in Cambie Village, Mount Pleasant is close to community centres, local shops, trendy restaurants, and Queen Elizabeth Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the lower mainland.
Schools include Mount Pleasant Elementary, David Livingstone Elementary and Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School, which has a rigorous mini school program for academically advanced students.
Not only is this place great for kids, but it allows you to have trendy date nights with craft cocktails on Main Street within walking distance of your home.
The West End
Tranquil tree-lined streets, pedestrian-only roads, stunning condo buildings and Victorian-style heritage homes — it is an oasis within a short walk of the bustle of a downtown financial district. The West End is a relaxing neighbourhood within the heart of Vancouver's city centre.
Homes, townhouses and spacious condominiums attract families to this area. Resident families are steps from English Bay, The Vancouver Art Gallery, The Second Beach Pool, and shopping therapy along Denman, Davie, or Robson Street. As a special bonus, Stanley Park essentially becomes your backyard, with 405 hectares of forest and family-friendly attractions, including playgrounds, the Vancouver Aquarium, a water park and a miniature train ride.
Nearby schools include Lord Roberts Elementary and King George Secondary School, which offers an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme for students in grades 6 to 10.
Spacious homes combined with unbeatable access to breathtaking nature has attracted many families to the North Shore. Although completely connected to Vancouver by sea bus, bridges and highway, downtown North Vancouver is an urban centre in its own right.
Stroll along Lonsdale Quay, check out cafes on Lower Lonsdale or take a family-friendly hike through the beloved Lynn Canyon Park — you are spoiled for choice with local day trips and excursions.
North Vancouver has its own share of top elementary schools including St. Pius X Elementary and Holy Trinity Elementary. The area is also home to one of B.C.'s best private schools, the Vancouver Waldorf School, which offers programs from pre-school through to grade 12.
Vancouver is a family-friendly city with endless outdoor activities and urban programs to create lasting memories with your kids. This area has homes for families of any size and the communities to support them as they grow.