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Vancouver South covers the southern portion of Vancouver. It is mostly residential and has some of city's older and more prestigious neighbourhoods. The area is best known for its gardens and parks, such as VanDusen Gardens.

The gardens at Queen Elizabeth Park

Understand

For the purposes of this guide, the district includes everything south of W 16th Ave between Pacific Spirit Park and Cambie St, everything south of 37th Ave between Cambie St and Kerr St and everything south of 25th Ave from Kerr St to Burnaby. This includes the neighbourhoods of Kerrisdale, Oakridge, Marpole and portions of Dunbar, Arbutus Ridge, Shaughnessy and South Cambie. To the north is Kitsilano and South Granville; to the east is Burnaby; and to the south is Richmond.

Get in

By bus

UBC and South Vancouver is well connected to other parts of Vancouver by the Translink bus system. The following routes are good ways to get in and around:

  • #10 - Runs up and down Granville Street from downtown to Marine Drive.
  • #15 - Runs up and down Cambie Street from downtown to Marine Drive.
  • #17 - Runs along Oak Street and Broadway, connecting UBC and South Vancouver with South Granville and Kitsilano.
  • #41 - Runs along 41st Avenue from Joyce SkyTrain Station to UBC through the Kerrisdale area.
  • #480 - Travels along 41st Avenue and Granville making select stops between UBC and Richmond.

By SkyTrain

The Canada Line follows Cambie Street through the district on its way to Richmond and downtown Vancouver. Stops of interest include:

  • King Edward - four blocks north of Queen Elizabeth Park and Nat Bailey Stadium
  • Oakridge - easy access to one of the larger shopping malls in Vancouver and transfer point for buses that travel on 41st St.

By car

Granville Street is the main street coming out of downtown into South Vancouver and also provides access to the airport. From Richmond to the south, Hwy 99 becomes Oak Street once it crosses the Fraser River and runs the length of South Vancouver up to South Granville. Cambie Street is an alternate way through the district to the east of Granville St and Oak St, and also provides access to downtown.

Going from east to west, SW Marine Drive/Marine Drive follows the Fraser River and wraps around Point Grey, connecting UBC and South Vancouver with East Van. 4th Ave, 10th Ave/Broadway and 16th Ave are the main roads into UBC from Kitsilano. West 41st Ave and West 49th Ave are other major east-west streets.

See

  • Queen Elizabeth Park, 33rd & Cambie (alternate entrance off 33rd Ave across from Nat Bailey Stadium), [1]. An old quarry that was converted into a number of gardens and ponds. The top of the park is the highest point in the city of Vancouver and offers views of the entire city. Free.
    • Bloedel Floral Conservatory, top of Queen Elizabeth Park. Daily 10AM-5PM. Tropical plants and birds under the white dome. $4.60/$2.30 (adult/child).
  • VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St. (37th & Oak on the NW corner), +1 604-878-9274 (fax: +1 604-263-1777), [2]. Open 10AM to around sunset (varies from 4PM-9PM depending on time of year). VanDusen Botanical Garden has a very large collection of plants in the outdoor gardens. Especially interesting are the Canadian ecosystems, with samples of prairie and deep woods fauna. On the last weekend in April, the garden has a giant plant sale with many species from all over the world (they don't always have a Canadian official there to grant export, however). Plant seeds are available in the gift shop. Adults $6.25-$8.50 (winter/summer), Seniors and Youth less.
  • Jewish Museum and Archives of BC, 6184 Ash Street (near West 45th Ave.) (located on the 2nd floor of the Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture.), +1 604-257-5199, [3]. Mon-Thurs 9AM-5PM. A small museum that documents the history of the Jewish community in British Columbia. Check for interesting summer programs and tours at this museum; in 2007 it operated a "Tour de Blintz" cycling tour, which took participants to local Jewish eateries. Free (except for special programs).
  • Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, 50-950 West 41st Ave. (close to Oak St.) (Located on the lower level of the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver), +1 604-264-0499, [4]. Mon-Thurs 9AM-5PM, Fri 9AM-4PM. A teaching museum that focuses on the Holocaust, genocide, and anti-racism education. The museum has small thought-provoking temporary exhibits, but these may not be on display during the summer months when the museum traditionally works on mounting its next exhibit. Free.

Do

  • Fraser River Park (8705 Angus Drive and West 75th Avenue) [5] This is a local secret that has spectacular views of the airport. One can watch the planes come and go across the river. This park is popular for dog lovers, as its secluded location is perfect for letting dogs roam free. The park is large enough to have a big field for picnics and games, while the riverfront area has its own beach, depending on the tides. At the edge of the park is an industrial park and a golf course.
  • Vancouver Canadians, 4601 Ontario St (Nat Bailey Stadium - 30th Ave & Ontario St), [6]. Vancouver's minor league (single A) baseball team. $11.

Buy

Vancouver South is served mostly by community centres and one major shopping mall.

  • Kerrisdale — A busy neighbourhood commercial district. Located on West 41st Avenue between Larch and Maple Street, there are multiple coffee shops and restaurants that serve great food. It has a small town feel, but busy city traffic.
  • Marpole — This small commercial district is located on Graville Street between West 63rd and West 72nd Avenue. Granville Street is a major road seeing lots of through traffic and very few people stop to enjoy this area. There are a few shops of interest, including The Connection, a gaming and hobby store, and many good restaurants that serve authentic Asian foods.
  • Oakridge Mall — This medium sized mall is anchored by the Bay, Zellers, and Safeway. Shops range in sizes and are mainly on the chic side of fashion.
  • Punjabi Market — Sometimes called Little India, is the area along Main Street around East 49th Avenue (literally, 48th to 51st). There are a number of Indian food stores, restaurants, and stores selling Indian style clothes and materials.

Eat

This area tends to have fewer restaurants than the rest of Vancouver.

  • Samurai Sushi House, 5888 Cambie Street (at 43rd Ave) (Just east of Oakridge Centre), +1 604 325-8597. until 9PM. Well known for having huge portions for small prices. It also has fresher sushi than some more expensive places. During meal times, it can be very difficult to get a seat. In the summer, it can be nice to get take out and walk down to Columbia Park (1 block east, ~5min). Be sure to try their toro (fatty tuna), and salmon sushi/sashimi. Stay away from their tuna sushi/sashimi because it tends to be too frozen. There is another location at 1108 Davie in the West End. $10.
  • Seasons in the Park, 405 West 33rd Avenue (at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park) (From Downtown take Cambie Street Southbound to 33rd Avenue. Take the park entrance road to the top of 'Little Mountain'.), +1 604 874-8008. Lunch and Dinner. If the weather is nice, this restaurant has one of the the best views in the city since it is the highest point in Vancouver. Surprisingly, for a restaurant with this good a location, the food and service are excellent and the prices are reasonable. Try the rack of lamb and the stuffed mushrooms. Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin ate here when they had their 1994 summit in Vancouver. Entrées run from $17.00 to $34.00. Appetizers from $7.00 to $13.00.

Drink

There are no nightclubs and only a few neighbourhood pubs.

Sleep

There are not many hotels in this area, just a few older ones along Marine Drive. A better bet is to look for one of the B&B's located in the various neighbourhoods.

  • A Vancouver Traveller Bed and Breakfast, 2159 W 21st Avenue, +1 604 435-3826 (), [7]. checkout: 10AM. Three rooms in a renovated old home in residential area. North Suite has a minimum stay of three nights, other rooms require two nights minimum June-Sept. $80-$145.
  • Pacific Spirit Guest House, 4080 W 35th Ave, +1 604-261-6837 (toll free: +1 866 768-6837, ), [8]. Two room B&B close to Pacific Spirit Park. Reviewers rave about the hospitality of the hosts and comfort of the rooms. $100-$130.
  • Granville House B&B, 5050 Granville Street, +1 604 307-2300 (toll free: +1 866 739-9002, ), [9]. B&B in a newer Tudor revival style house. Each room has a king size bed and internet connection. $170-$200 (June-Sept + Christmas period), $100-$150 at other times.
  • Arbutus Vista Vancouver B&B (Arbutus Villa), 2172 W 22nd Avenue, +1 604 603-7289, [10]. Basement suite B&B with private entrance, internet and kitchen. Reviewers like its quiet location, comfort and friendly owners; lower rates in off-season. $164-$245 with min 3 night stay May 1-Oct 15 and over Christmas/New Years.



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