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Kitsilano and Point Grey area begins at the Southern End of Burrard Street bridge, which connects with downtown area of Vancouver.
Kitsilano is an interesting amalgam of the old and new. Fine old houses are interspersed with cedar and glass condominiums and low-rise apartment buildings. Point Grey Road, which runs along the beach, has some lovely homes and is some of the most valuable real estate in Canada.

Unlike West End, Kitsilano still has a family flavor, although a good part of the population is young and transient. Its beaches and slight distance from downtown core make it popular place for children.

An attraction for tourist and resident alike is Macmillan Planetarium. Located at the entrance to False Creek, in Vanier Park, the futuristic building occupies the site of what was once a Musquaem Indian Village. Community of Kitsilano takes its name from the famous Squamish chief Khahtsahlanough. Although planetarium revolves around its daily shows in “Theatre of the Universe’, it also offers various exhibits in the museums and has a restaurant and gift shop.

Venier Park also hosts what has fast become a spring tradition, annual Children’s Festival in May. Complete with brightly color tents, clowns and face-painting, Festival attracts performing groups both nationally and internationally.

Kitsilano is an area with a distinctive feeling all its own and its residents have begun to capitalize on this. Many small shops have sprung up along the main thoroughfares and a variety of restaurants thrive in the area. The city has embarked on a beautification of business areas by planting trees and installing benches. It seems that proximity to beaches and nature has imprinted a gentle pace on life in this neighborhood.

 

   

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