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Arbutus Ridge

Arbutus Ridge is a mature community with tree-lined streets, restored heritage houses, quiet neighbourhood parks, and striking views of the North Shore mountains. Arbutus Ridge is in the middle of Vancouver’s west side, and so has good access to Downtown, the University of British Columbia, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Kitsilano, and Jericho Beach, as well as to local shopping.

Arbutus Houses


Arbutus Village Park
4202 Valley Drive (@ King Edward Avenue)

Carnarvon Park

2995 W 19th Avenue (@ Mackenzie Street)

Park Site on Blenheim

3500 Quadra Street (@ W 19th Avenue)

Park Site on Puget Drive

4309 Puget Drive (@ MacDonald Street)

Park Site on Quesnel Drive

4301 Quesnel Drive (@ MacKenzie Street)

Park Site on Trafalgar Street

4600 Trafalgar Street (@ W 31st Avenue)

Prince of Wales Park

4780 Haggart Street (@ W 32nd Avenue)

Quilchena Park

4590 Magnolia Street (@ W 33rd Avenue)

Ravine Park

2159 W 36th Avenue (@ Arbutus Street)

Trafalgar Park

2610 W 23rd Avenue (@ Valley Drive)

Carnarvon Community School

Carnarvon School opened in September 1966; it was known as Trafalgar Annex from 1955-66.  In 1974, the Vancouver School Board approved Carnarvon’s application to become one of six original comprehensive community schools with provisions for a coordinator and secretary.  The Programs Office offers a variety of programs and services that reflect the needs of the community and student population.  A separate building for our daycare and pre-school programs was added in 1998 and the large adventure playground was rebuilt at that time.

Carnarvon is a one-level building that is wheelchair accessble and home to approximately 375 students.  About 10% of our students are acquiring English as their second language.  The library, computer lab and all classrooms have access to the Internet.

Our staff values the uniqueness of each child and encourages the development of positive self-concept, social responsibility and competency in the basic skills.  We stress safety, respect and accountability.


(604) 713-5396

Prince of Wales Secondary School

Prince of Wales opened for classes in September 1930 at its original site, which is now Shaughnessy Elementary School. It has been at its current location since 1960.

Prince of Wales is well known for its yearbook, published by Herff Jones of Indiana. It has been consistently ranked by the Canadian Yearbook Review as one of the top-scoring books in Canada for the past 4 years. It has also received similar accolades from the American Scholastic Press Association, receiving 960 points out of a possible 1000 for 2006’s Rhapsody.


(604) 713-8974

Trafalgar Elementary School

Trafalgar School was officially opened in 1947.  The one and two-storey building is situated adjacent to Trafalgar Park, providing students with unlimited playing space on tree-lined, grassy fields.  The Trafalgar Tile Wall, a mural created in 1997 by the school’s students, staff and families, traces the history of our first fifty-plus years.

Students at Trafalgar are predominantly from the area west of Arbutus, north of West King Edward, south of West 16th Avenue and east of MacDonald.  Students in the French Immersion program come from as far west as Dunbar Street.

Approximately 25% of the students at Trafalgar receive English as a Second Language support.  Most of these students are from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Korea.

Trafalgar parents have high expectations for their children.  They work cooperatively with staff to enhance the school’s offerings.  School functions are well attended and many parents volunteer in daily activities and special school programs.

Trafalgar is a dual-track Kindergarten to Grade Seven school, enrolling 466 students.  Over fifty percent (50%) of the students are in the French Immersion and the remainder of the students are in the English program.  In the French Immersion program the primary program is taught completely in French; Grades Four to Seven are taught sixty percent (60%) in French and forty percent (40%) in English.  The elementary French Immersion program is continued at the secondary level all the way through Grade 12.  Becase of where they live, most elementary French Immersion students at Trafalgar continue their French studies at Kitsilano Secondary School.  English program students generally move on to Prince of Wales Secondary.

Students are given numerous opportunities to develop leadership skills through their participation in our school office, library, physical education, and traffic safety monitor programs.  There is an active CARE team which is self-elected yearly.  They plan school spirit types of activities.  Older classes are paired with younger classes for a number of activities throughout the year.

Extra-curricular sports teams are open to all students at the appropriate grade levels.  These staff-sponsored teams include cross-country running, volleyball, basketball, track and field and skiing.  The emphasis for our students is on participation, individual skill improvement and teamwork.


(604) 713-5475

Point Grey Secondary School

In 1929 the Municipality of Point Grey completed the Main Building as a junior high school to address the growing demand “for at least three years of compulsory education…to discover the bent and capacity of every boy and girl” before going to work, a high school of commence or technical studies, or a senior high school. Much, of course, has changed since those days while a great deal remains the same.

In 1962 a very significant change occurred at Point Grey – the school was designated a comprehensive secondary school from grade 8 to 12 as it is today. Although the school offered a full range of course then, its focus was essentially academic. Today eighty-five per cent of Point Grey’s grade 12’s continue on with form of post-secondary education – many going to university.

Point Grey’s architectural design is one feature that sets it apart from other Vancouver schools. The ” Collegiate Gothic ” main building and the expansive grounds cost the taxpayers the extravagant sum of almost one half million dollars in 1928. The price of the 9.2 acres of land alone today is hard to estimate, but it would be a considerable amount of money. Since the completion of the original building, there have been numerous renovations and additions; however, the unique style of the main building remains. The attractive auditorium, the decorative lighting and ornamental beams in the Main Hall, and the exterior facade with the turrets and shields are unchanged since the school opened.

When the Science and Technical Wings were added with a new gymnasium in the mid sixties, Point Grey became one of the City’s best equipped older schools. The completion of the all-weather track and oval with its underground sprinkler system further enhanced the facilities. In September of 1979, Point Grey added the academically enriched Mini School Program drawing some of the most promising students from within and outside of the school’s boundaries. The well-maintained grounds, arboretum, and architectural design make Point Grey one of Vancouver’s most attractive schools.

While most students who attend the school live within the Kerrisdale, Shaughnessy, Southlands, Musqueam and Dunbar areas, many students are attracted to the school from all over the city. Point Grey has the expectations for achievement. The ” Greyhound ” is the school team name. It represents the front runner. Point Grey students have excelled in scholarship, service and athletics in the sixty year history. It is this feature which maintains the school’s fine reputation.

Kerrisdale Community Centre

One of the earliest community centres to be built in Vancouver, Kerrisdale Community Centre was constructed in 1952 through a local improvement by-law initiative whereby residents in the area agreed to directly fund facility building costs. Serving a neighbourhood comprised of a growing senior’s population with a recent influx of young families there is something for everyone available through this very popular centre. Kerrisdale Community Centre is located at West 42nd Avenue and West Boulevard, just one block south of the bustling, village business district. An indoor pool, gymnasium, public library and seniors’ wing comprise the main building complex with Kerrisdale’s Cyclone Taylor Skating Arena (with summer indoor play area) sited just two blocks away. Recreation programs of all description, for all ages can be found here along with swimming programs, lessons and a well-equipped fitness centre. Pottery, dance, health and fitness programs plus an indoor children’s play area can all be found at Kerrisdale Community Centre. Outdoor amenities include a children’s playground and a lovely hybrid tea rose garden at the west end of the centre’s surrounding park.

Dunbar Community Centre

Established in 1958 through a local improvement by-law initiative whereby residents in the area agreed to directly fund original building costs, this busy centre is located on Memorial Park West (7.5 hectares), a verdant greensward bounded by large shade trees and comprising playfields, playgrounds and a bank of six tennis courts. The park’s original name was Dunbar Park but this was changed following World War I to Memorial Park. The “West” was added onto the park’s name following the amalgamation of West Point Grey and South Vancouver Municipalities with the City of Vancouver where a park with the same name already existed.

The community centre is positioned near the corner of West 33rd Avenue and Dunbar Street onlya short block from the busy Dunbar shopping district. Dunbar Community Centre serves a multi-cultural residential community of all ages. A wide and diverse number of recreational programs and activities are on-tap here including outdoor lawn bowling plus seasonal special events. Dunbar’s very active fitness centre was recently expanded through a joint Park Board/Community Centre.

Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre

One of Vancouver’s oldest Community Centres, the Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre was founded in 1951 as part of a grassroots movement to provide indoor public recreation services while commemorating those Vancouverites lost in the Second World War. Located on the western portion of beautiful Connaught Park (5.99 hectares) at Larch Street and West 12th Avenue, Kitsilano Community Centre also offers a full-size indoor ice rink open from October to May for public skating and lessons. Serving a diverse ethnic neighbourhood comprised of all ages, this facility provides general recreation programs including group fitness classes, youth lounge, senior’s lounge, special needs youth program and a Fall-to-Spring educational preschool. The fully equipped fitness centre with sauna, whirlpool and personal training programs, is one of the city’s most popular and opens 365 days a year. Outdoors offers a large playground adjacent to the centre. Recent additions include an expanded fitness centre and a newly installed sprung, hardwood dance floor and multi-purpose room.

Vancouver Heritage Housing

In April 1983, City Council initiated a Heritage Conservation Program. Both Council and the Vancouver Heritage Commission (then known as the Heritage Advisory Committee) realized that a comprehensive management program was necessary to identify the city’s heritage resources, to develop incentives to assist in the conservation of those resources, and to create a greater awareness and understanding of our built heritage. There are three main components to the Heritage Program.

Vancouver Heritage Register

By the end of 1986, Vancouver’s centennial year, City Council adopted the Vancouver Heritage Register (then known as the Heritage Inventory) which included buildings, landscapes, monuments and archaeological sites that have heritage significance. A site does not have to be designated to be included on the Register. There are approximately 2,400 resources listed on the Register ranging from workers cottages and utilitarian warehouses to elaborately decorated mansions and commercial buildings. The Vancouver Heritage Register [pdf] is a valuable record of the development and change that has occurred in Vancouver’s history. Approximately 21% (about 500) sites are municipally designated [see the Heritage Bylaw].

Heritage Management Plan

The Heritage Management Plan includes a program of incentives and protective measures that are aimed at promoting the conservation of our heritage resources. Incentives such as zoning by-law, subdivision by-law and parking by-law relaxations, density bonuses and transfers, and permit fast tracking encourage the restoration and continued use of heritage buildings. Protective measures include designation, heritage revitalization agreements, heritage alteration permits, heritage inspections, impact assessments, temporary protection, the withholding of approvals and permits, heritage control periods and heritage site maintenance standards.

Public Education and Information Program

This aspect of the Heritage Conservation Program provides information to the public on heritage issues and appropriate conservation techniques. Initiatives such as the annual Heritage Awards which recognize efforts that further the goal of heritage conservation are also an important part of the Heritage Program. The Heritage Plaque Program identifies municipally designated heritage sites with a distinctive bronze plaque and serves to acknowledge conservation efforts of building owners. It also increases public awareness of our built heritage and of our history.

What is the Vancouver Heritage Register?

The Vancouver Heritage Register [PDF] is the cornerstone of the City’s Heritage program. Adopted in 1986 (then known as the Heritage Inventory), it is a policy and guideline document which includes approximately 2,150 buildings, and 131 landscapes, monuments and archaeological sites. To be included on the Register, sites must be identified as having heritage value and/or heritage character and be at least 20 years old. The Register is a planning tool which provides a valuable record of Vancouver’s heritage.

How Was the Heritage Register Completed and How Are Buildings Evaluated?

A comprehensive architectural survey of the city was completed by a study team that looked at every street in the City to identify notable buildings. This work, together with additional historical research on the buildings, was used to evaluate each building according to the following criteria: (1) architectural significance; (2) historical significance; (3) the extent to which the original context of the building and its surroundings remain; and (4) the degree of alteration to the exterior of the building.

To be included on the Heritage Register, a site is evaluated as outlined above, and in so doing it must be identified as having heritage value and/or heritage character. Heritage value means historical, cultural, aesthetic, scientific or educational worth. Heritage character means the overall effect produced by traits or features which give a property or an area its distinctive quality. There can be different degrees and kinds of value and character. A rare example of a once-common building type may be of considerable value in one neighbourhood over a similar building in another area where that building type is more prevalent.

What do the “A”, “B” and “C” Evaluation Categories Mean?

These categories are general classifications and are based on any combination of historic, architectural, cultural, spiritual, scientific or social values.

A – Primary Significance
Represents the best examples of a style or type of building; may be associated with a person or event of significance.

B – Significant
Represents good examples of a particular style or type, either individually or collectively; may have some documented historical or cultural significance in a neighbourhood.

C – Contextual or Character
Represents those buildings that contribute to the historic character of an area or streetscape, usually found in groupings of more than one building but may also be of individual importance.

While the category is a useful reference, the key is that whichever category a building is placed under, it has heritage value.

Can Registered Buildings be Altered or Demolished?
Does a Building’s “A”, “B” or “C” Category Affect How It Is Treated?

A building which is listed on the Heritage Register can be altered on the exterior. However, when considering alterations, the way in which the exterior is treated should not depend on whether it is an “A”, “B” or “C”. In other words, the heritage value of each building on the Heritage Register is formally recognized and the elements that define its character should be afforded the same level of respect. If a permit is required for the alteration, it will be referred to heritage staff for comments as part of the permit process.

Council’s “Heritage Polices and Guidelines” describe Council’s intent with respect to heritage properties listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register (VHR). Before a permit can be issued to demolish a building on the VHR, development and building permits for the new development must first be obtained. In this period staff would explore retention options with the applicant. Often applicants do not know all the options and incentives/bonuses which are applicable if a heritage building is retained. These can include floor area bonuses and relaxations in height, setbacks, parking, etc. Heritage incentives are meant to be used to successfully find alternatives to the demolition of heritage buildings to the satisfaction of both the property owner and the city.

In addition to the process described above, Council policy specifies that if a building is listed in the “A” category on the VHR and demolition is sought by the owner, then:

“Council has instructed that, prior to consideration of a proposal for the demolition of an “A” building, a formal independent consultant’s report on the physical condition and economic viability of retaining the building should be reviewed by the Director of Planning. The consultant’s report is to be carried out at the expense of the applicant.”

The Planning Department’s practice in this regard has been to advise Council of the demolition request for an “A” listed building and seek their advice. For all other buildings on the Vancouver Heritage Register, if the development application is “outright” with respect to use and regulation, and there is no voluntary interest in keeping the building by the owner (or prospective owner) then the heritage hold would be removed and the demolition application process would proceed. The process typically takes one to three weeks.

For applications that seek a “conditional” development with respect to use or regulation, (e.g. a single family dwelling containing a secondary suite) the City is under no obligation to approve an application that seeks the demolition of a building on the VHR. Instead, Council’s policy instructs staff to give special consideration through applying zoning incentives to applications that seek the retention of a resource on the Heritage Register. It can take one to six months to complete the permitting process to retain the heritage building, depending on the complexity of the site, development requested and the level of negotiation.

In addition to the procedures described above, the Vancouver Charter (sections 583 and 589) permits Council to delay the demolition approval of a building either on the Heritage Register or a building that “may be heritage property”, through temporary protection for a period of 120 days. During this time, a heritage inspection may be ordered (at the owners expense) to assess the heritage value of the site.

How are Sites Added to the Vancouver Heritage Register?

When the original Heritage Register was adopted in 1986, Council supported a public nomination program whereby sites would be nominated for addition to the Register. Public nominations are reviewed by heritage staff who prepare an evaluation form for the site. The evaluation is then reviewed by the Vancouver Heritage Commission. If the person nominating the building is not the owner, then consultation with the owner must occur to determine whether or not the owner is supportive of the nomination. Sites with sufficient heritage value or character are forwarded to Council for consideration in amending the Register. If approved, the site is added to the Register.

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