Kitsilano is an established neighbourhood with strong roots in the city’s history. In its early days, just after the turn of the century, many iconic heritage houses were built. During the 60’s, this area was well known as the hippie capital of Canada. Nowadays, “Kits” is a vibrant family neighbourhood with a thriving retail component all bordering on sandy beaches and an amazing 137 meter outdoor pool.
Mount Pleasant is an interesting mix of industrial, commercial, retail and residential uses. It is an up and coming neighbourhood due to its close proximity to the city centre. The 2010 Winter Olympics housed many athletes in this area and Main Street is a great place to shop and eat. Established and startup companies are attracted to this area and so are its employees.
Kensington-Cedar Cottage is an ethnically diverse neighbourhood bordered by Fraser Street to the west, Nanaimo Street to the east, 41st Avenue to the south and 16th & Broadway to the north.
This area is undergoing a rejuvenation and is now popular with young professionals and new families. New innovative shops and restaurants are opening up throughout the area.
The area at Kingsway and Fraser is now referred to as “Fraserwood”, and this area has some of Vancouver’s best restaurants.
Rock Bay is also an interesting mix of industrial, commercial, retail and residential. This area has roots back to the early 1800’s. Some of the first businesses included a tannery, a sawmill and a coal plant, and now contains diverse new businesses such as Gabriel Ross, Bows and Arrows Coffee Roasters, Abeego Designs Inc, Phillips Brewing, etc. It is situated within 2 kilometres of downtown Victoria, bordering on the inland watercourse of Rock Bay and close to all the routes in and around the city.