Vancouver BC’s West End Neighborhood

Geographical Location

Burrard street borders West End towards the east, to the south-east lies Georgia street and west Denman street. This neighborhood is so large that it covers Stanley Park, Burrard Street, Coal Harbor as well as Denman Street. This area also lies next to a water body on two ends or sides.

Historical Information

The West End area was typically a forest before its development. Samuel Brighouse, William Hailstone and John Morton, known as the three English greenhorns, bought this track of land in 1862. The three were nicknamed ‘greenhorns’ because people believed that the amount they paid for the remote land of trees was way more than its value. Afterwards, a section of the forest land was bought by Victoria investors who put it into proper use through development. The area changed names three times before finally being referred to as West End. Initially, it was known as New Liverpool that changed to Brighouse Estate before being named Abbotsford.
Rich railroad families live within this neighborhood that developed after the arrival of the terminus of the railway line at the Coal Harbor. Moreover, West End was the first area to develop in Vancouver as a high rise residential neighborhood that features both middle and high class homes. The area also acted as the transition for both goods and immigrants headed for the city of Vancouver. Various heritage buildings in this residential area have been converted into homes and include the likes of Manhattan, Beaconsfield, Beverly and the Queen Charlotte.


Lord Roberts Annex, King George High School and the Lord Roberts elementary schools can be accessed by those who reside within this neighborhood and around.

Population Demographics

Nonnative residents, native Canadians (both the old and the young), immigrants in transit to other cities make up the mixed population that is dense of about 42,120. Age group 20-39 constitute 51% of the total population, 40-64 make up 31.5% and those under the age of 19 and more than 65 years make up the rest of the population. The neighborhood is also known to record the highest number of children within Vancouver; this means that more families live within the area.