West Point Grey

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West Point Grey
Neighbourhood of Vancouver
Location of West Point Grey in Vancouver
Location of West Point Grey (in red) in Vancouver
Location of West Point Grey in Metro Vancouver
Location of West Point Grey in Metro Vancouver
West Point Grey
Location of West Point Grey in Metro Vancouver
Coordinates: 49°15′52.48″N 123°11′59.08″W / 49.2645778°N 123.1997444°W / 49.2645778; -123.1997444
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
City Vancouver
Government
 • Mayor Gregor Robertson (Vision Vancouver)
 • City Council
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Postal Code V6R
Area code(s) 604, 778
Website City of Vancouver Neighbourhood Profile

West Point Grey is a neighbourhood on the western side of the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is bordered by 16th Avenue to the south, Alma Street to the east, English Bay to the north, and Blanca Street to the west.

Street banners along 10th Avenue, near Sasamat

The main commercial strip with shops and restaurants is along West 10th Avenue between Tolmie Street and Discovery Street.

Fiesta Days, a family oriented carnival, is held along 10th Avenue and Trimble Park in June, with rides, games, performances and a parade.

North of West 4th Avenue, the area slopes steeply downhill where it meets English Bay at Locarno Beach and the Spanish Banks.

The 39 Canadian Brigade Group, headquarters for all the Canadian Forces's Army Primary Reserve units in British Columbia, has its headquarters in the northeastern section of the neighbourhood.

Located within the neighbourhood is Vancouver's largest youth hostel.

Schools include Lord Byng Secondary School, which serves students from the neighbourhood, along with Queen Elizabeth Elementary School, Queen Mary Elementary School, École Jules Quesnel and the private PreK-12 school West Point Grey Academy.

According to ancient Indian legend, Point Grey is the "Battleground of the West Wind."[1] The rock the god of the West Wind represents, which is just sitting off the point, is called Homolsom. As the rock is just sitting between their two territories, Homolsom is half a Squamish word and half a Fraser River language word.[1]

Point Grey is named for Captain George Grey, a friend of Captain George Vancouver.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Legends of Vancouver E. Pauline Johnson [aka Tekahionwake] (1862-1913). Vancouver & Victoria, B.C.: David Spencer, Limited, 1911, p. 83

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Coordinates: 49°15′52.48″N 123°11′59.08″W / 49.2645778°N 123.1997444°W / 49.2645778; -123.1997444