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.
For the purposes of this guide, the district includes everything south of W 16th Ave between Pacific Spirit Park and Heather St and everything south of King Edward/25th Ave from Prince Edward St to Burnaby. 37th Ave forms the northern boundary between Heather St and Prince Edward St. This includes the neighbourhoods of Kerrisdale, Oakridge, Marpole, Killarney and portions of Dunbar, Arbutus Ridge, Shaughnessy, Collingwood and South Cambie. To the north is Kitsilano and South Granville; to the east is Burnaby; and to the south is Richmond.
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 Marpole.
- #15 - Runs up and down Cambie Street from downtown to Marine Drive.
- #17 - Runs along Oak Street and a portion of Broadway going from downtown to Marine Drive.
- #20 - Runs up and down Victoria Drive from downtown to Marine Drive.
- #41 - Runs along 41st Avenue from Joyce SkyTrain Station to UBC through the Kerrisdale area and past Oakridge Mall.
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 Ave.
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.
- VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St. (37th & Oak on the NW corner), ☎ +1 604-878-9274 (fax: +1 604-263-1777), . 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. edit
- 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, . 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). edit
- 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, . 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. edit
- Fraser River Park (8705 Angus Drive and West 75th Avenue)  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 South is served mostly by community centres and one major shopping mall.
- Dunbar is a local shopping area along Dunbar Street south of 16th Avenue.
- Cheapskates - 1, 3644 West 16th Ave (at Alma Street, 1 block west of Dunbar), ☎ +1-604-222-1125. Mon–Fri 11AM - 6PM; Sat 10AM – 6PM; Sun & Hol 11AM – 5PM. A consignment store for sporting goods, with reasonably good equipment at cheap and falling prices. Each item has a tag with a price schedule that drops 10% each week. If an item hasn't been snapped up, you could get it for a very low price. The "1" branch carries baseball bats, helmets, and shoes from Mar 1–May 1; junior baseball gloves, inline skates, and scooters from Mar 1st–Aug 1st; and adult baseball gloves, hockey gear, ice skates, soccer gear, tricycles, and lifting weights all year. edit
- 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, Safeway, and Crate and Barrel. 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. Many more Indian restaurants can be found a few blocks away around Fraser Street and 49th.
- Fraser Street (41st to 51st Ave.) and Victoria Drive (33rd to 43rd Ave.) offer a wide variety of local shops catering to different Asian cultures (especially Indian culture on Fraser Street - see the entry for Little India above). Definitely not on the normal tourist itinerary, but a good glimpse into everyday life in Vancouver.
This area tends to have fewer restaurants compared to other districts of Vancouver, because it is primarily residential. The following listing is broken down into neighbourhoods
- Cafe de l'Orangerie, 1320 W 73rd Ave, ☎ +1 604 266-0066, . Su,M,W,Th 11am-10pm, F-Sa 11am-11pm, Tu closed. A small restaurant nestled away in a residential area which offers a creative Italian-Japanese fusion menu and a cozy environment. The food is delicious $10-15. edit
- Red Star Seafood Restaurant, 8298 Granville St, ☎ +1 604 261-8389, . daily 10:30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm. Upscale Chinese restaurant. Popular for family gatherings over dim sum or seafood dinner. Quite busy especially on weekends. $20+. edit
- Thai Son Restaurant, 1450 SW Marine Dr, ☎ +1 604 559-6436. daily 11am-10pm. Authentic Vietnamese food, including beef noodle soup, rice and vermicelli dishes. Large portions at inexpensive prices. $8-$12. edit
- 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. edit
- Tony's Beef Noodle, 5754 Cambie Street (SE corner of Cambie St at 41st Ave), ☎ +1 604 325-8597, . M-Sa 11am-8:30pm, Su closed. A small restaurant with a selection of Taiwanese food and snacks including the signature beef noodle soup. $5-10. edit
- All India Sweets, 6507 Main St (corner of Main and 49th), ☎ +1 604 327-0891. Excellent vegetarian all you can eat Indian food buffet for $9.95. edit
- Duffin's Doughnuts, 1391 E 41st Ave (At the intersection with Knight St), ☎ (604) 325-5544. 24/7. A working-class doughnut shop run by Chinese from Latin America. Popular with night-shift workers, truckers, locals and students alike, the place is clean and brightly lit. The staff speaks English, Spanish and several Chinese dialects. Doughnuts are fresh-baked on site daily. The store also sells westernized Chinese food, Vietnamese food, and Latin American (Salvadoran, Mexican and some Peruvian) food and Filipino-style fried chicken, all of which is good enough to be popular with the local expat communities from the relevant countries looking for a quick nosh. Ice-cream and espresso are also available, as is bubble tea, making this place an interesting experience. Try their angel doughnuts if you want something different - a powdered sugar doughnut stuffed with a rich, slightly chocolatey cream filling. $1-10. edit
There are no nightclubs and only a few neighbourhood pubs.
- Candy Bar, 2066 Kingsway, ☎ +1 604 877-1066. W-Sa 9PM-3AM. Live rock music dance club, featuring schochu. about $5 cover. edit
Hotels are a mixed bag in this area, generally being older and cheaper. Most hotels are along Kingsway, with one or two on Marine Drive. A better bet is to look for one of the B&B's located in the various residential neighbourhoods.
- 2400 Motel, 2400 Kingsway (near Nanaimo & Kingsway), ☎ +1 888 833-2400 (toll-free) or +1 604 434-2464. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Older motel with a number of bungalow units. Reviewers indicate rooms can be small, but they are clean and quiet with a certain charm lent by their age. $85 and up. edit
- A Vancouver Traveller Bed and Breakfast, 2159 W 21st Avenue, ☎ +1 604 435-3826 ([email protected]), . 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. edit
- Arbutus Vista Vancouver B&B (Arbutus Villa), 2172 W 22nd Avenue, ☎ +1 604 603-7289, . 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. edit
- Days Inn Vancouver Metro, 2075 Kingsway, ☎ +1 800 546-4792 (toll-free) or +1 604 876-5531, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Reviews indicate the rooms can be small but the beds are comfortable. $120 and up in summer. edit
- Granville House B&B, 5050 Granville Street, ☎ +1 604 307-2300 (toll free: +1 866 739-9002, [email protected]), . 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. edit
- London Guard Motor Inn, 2227 Kingsway (between Gladstone and Nanaimo Streets), ☎ +1 604 430-4646 or toll-free +1 888 997-7773 (fax: +1 604 736-7912). edit
- Pacific Spirit Guest House, 4080 W 35th Ave, ☎ +1 604-261-6837 (toll free: +1 866 768-6837, [email protected]), . Two room B&B close to Pacific Spirit Park. Reviewers rave about the hospitality of the hosts and comfort of the rooms. $100-$130. edit
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