Vancouver South is the Southern part of the Vancouver west side.
For the purposes of this guide, Vancouver South is everything south of King Edward Ave and West of Ontario Street. This includes the neighborhoods of Kerrisdale, Oakridge, Marpole and portions of Dunbar, Arbutus Ridge, Shaughnessy and South Cambie. To the north is our Kitsilano article; to the east is East Van; to the south is Richmond; and to the west is the Georgia Strait.
Vancouver South is served by Vancouver's bus system.
- Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, 5251 Oak St., ☎ +1-604-878-9274 ([email protected], fax: +1-604-263-1777), . Open 10AM to around sunset (varies from 4PM-9PM depending on time of year). Van Dusen has a very large collection of plants in the outdoor gardens. 5251 Oak Street is at West 37th Avenue, on the north west corner. Adults $6-8.25; Seniors, and Youth less.
- Queen Elizabeth Park includes the highest point in the City of Vancouver with a view of the entire city. There are a number of gardens within the park as well as the domed Bloedel Floral Observatory with tropical plants and birds.
- 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.
- 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.
- Kerrisdale This community commercial district is the busiest areas in Vancouver/South. 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 few shops of interest, except for locals, but there are a few good restaurants that serve authentic asian foods.
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 Center), ☎ +1-(604) 325-8597. until 21h. 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 City Center, which is open until midnight, but this location is slightly cheaper and much easier to park at. $10.
- Seasons in the Park, 405 West 33rd Avenue (at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park) ("Canada), ☎ +1-(604) 874-8008. Lunch and Dinner. If the weather is nice, this restaurant has one of the the best views in the city. You are at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park, often called Little Mountain by locals, since it is the highest point in Vancouver. It is a beautiful 130 acre park that includes the geodesic domed Bloedel Floral Conservatory. Clinton and Yeltsin ate here when they had their summit. Surprisingly, for a restaurant with this good a location, the food and service are excellent and the prices are reasonable. Entrées run from $17.00 to $34.00. Appetizers from $7.00 to $13.00. Try the rack of lamb and the stuffed mushrooms. Presentation is excellent. Lunch is even less. You get a sweeping view of the park, downtown and the north shore mountains. The floral gardens are very well maintained. Call for reservations. $30.
There are no nightclubs and only a few neighbourhood pubs.
There are not many hotels in this area area. Most of the hotels that do exist are along Marine Drive. This is primarily because of the proximity of this area to the airport.