West Point Grey
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West Point Grey
Street banners along 10th Avenue, near Sasamat Street
Location of West Point Grey (in red) in Vancouver
|• Mayor||Kennedy Stewart (Canadian politician)|
|• City Council||Vancouver City Council|
|Time zone||UTC−08:00 (PST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−07:00 (PDT)|
|Area code(s)||604, 778, 236, 672|
|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 located on Point Grey and is bordered by 16th Avenue to the south, Alma Street to the east, English Bay to the north, and Blanca Street to the west.
The main commercial strip with shops and restaurants is along West 10th Avenue between Tolmie Street and Discovery Street. North of West 4th Avenue, the area slopes steeply downhill where it meets English Bay at Locarno Beach and the Spanish Banks.
Fiesta Days, a family oriented carnival, is held along 10th Avenue and at Trimble Park in June, with rides, games, performances and a parade.
The 39 Canadian Brigade Group, headquarters for all the Canadian Forces's Army Primary Reserve units in British Columbia, previously had its headquarters in the northeastern section of the neighbourhood, which is home to Vancouver's largest youth hostel. Schools include Lord Byng Secondary School, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Queen Elizabeth Elementary School, Queen Mary Elementary School, École Jules Quesnel and the private Pre-K to Grade 12 school West Point Grey Academy.
According to ancient First Nations legend, Point Grey is the "Battleground of the West Wind". The rock representing the god of the West Wind, which is sitting off the point, is called Homolsom. As the rock is sitting between their two territories, Homolsom is half a Squamish word and half a Fraser River language word.
- Legends of Vancouver E. Pauline Johnson [aka Tekahionwake] (1862-1913). Vancouver & Victoria, B.C.: David Spencer, Limited, 1911, p. 83