About West Vancouver

Dazzling snow-capped mountains. Forests and parks of cedar and fir. Sandy beaches that weave along the sea.

Scenic West Vancouver is one of the most desirable places to live in Canada. Tucked into the Coast Mountains, it’s a waterfront city with panoramic views and ski terrain on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Locals like to boast: “You can sail in the morning, and ski in the afternoon.”

Part of British Columbia on Canada’s west coast, West Vancouver offers Canada’s highest average income and lowest urban crime rate.

  • Safe neighborhoods
  • Unspoiled natural beauty
  • Urban sophistication.

It’s just a quick trip to downtown Vancouver, one of the world’s most livable cities. Home to the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver is the largest metropolitan area in British Columbia. With a population of more than 2 million, it’s the third-largest city in Canada.

Discover recreational wonders

Hike, swim, sail, and bike in comfortable summer temperatures—our average is 25 degrees Celsius. In the winter, it rarely falls below zero in our city. And what outstanding ski and snowboarding opportunities we have close by! Cypress Mountain is only 20 minutes from West Vancouver’s town centre. Besides snow sports, the mountain offers amazing city views.

And only a 90-minute drive away is Whistler Village, co-host to the 2010 Winter Olympics. You can indulge in the best skiing and snowboarding in North America.

A homestay family: the perfect choice

If you study with us, we’ll place you with a specially chosen Canadian family in a fine West Vancouver home.

  • Experience the best of our community—all that West Vancouver has to offer
  • Develop life-long friendships
  • Accelerate your education through English-language immersion.