West Vancouver’s heritage—as found in our buildings, landscapes, trees and special sites—plays a significant role in defining the character of our community. It helps tell our story and makes this a desirable place to live.
Learn more about West Vancouver, including its Indigenous history, architectural legacy, ethnic and cultural diversity, and natural attractions.
Between 1945 and 1975 West Vancouver was a centre of innovative residential design which would become known as West Coast Style. Perched between forested mountains and expansive ocean, in a rainforest climate, West Vancouver’s natural setting presented unique challenges and opportunities that came to be reflected in West Coast Style houses.
West Vancouver has 11 municipally designated heritage properties: the Ferry Building, Gertrude Lawson House, the Binning Residence, the Wagner Residence, Toby House, Sykes House, Vinson House, Rush House, Sutherland House, Boyd House, and Woyat-Bowie Building.
The West Vancouver Archives collects, preserves, and provides meaningful access to the records that tell the story of West Vancouver. Learn about what's in the Archives' holdings and how to donate your records.