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The western corner of North Burnaby defines the benefits of foreign immigration to Canada. Comprised of the neighbourhoods of Vancouver Heights, Capitol Hill, Willingdon Heights, Parkcrest and Sperling/Duthie, this area has maintained many of its long-standing cultural ties, and embraces more recent immigrants in its neighbourhoods, shops and restaurants. With some of the grandest vistas in the Lower Mainland, the area has been quiet in its allure and remains home to a wide range of residents. Filled with shops and services for locals and served by excellent roadways and transit options to the rest of the Lower Mainland, this area gets high marks for its neighbourhood charm.

Vancouver Heights – commonly called ‘The Heights’ – is actually located in the city of Burnaby. This sought after, quiet residential neighbourhood in North Burnaby was established at the beginning of the 20th century with thousands of immigrants arriving to the shores of the Pacific, and The Heights was populated with new Canadians. Today, stroll along Hastings Street and you’ll see The Heights is one of the best local shopping secrets in Greater Vancouver. Dotted by Italian delis, Chinese restaurants and hundreds of unique shops and services, The Heights is within easy walking distance for residents. True blue foodies will love Chioffi’s Deli, Butcher Shop and Bistro located beside The Heights’ landmark neon swinging girl. Dramatic views of the North Shore mountains, downtown Vancouver and locations south like Mount Baker abound.

With magnificent views of the downtown Vancouver skyline, Mount Baker and Indian Arm, Capitol Hill in North Burnaby has quietly been one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in the city for over a century. Capitol Hill is well known for its longstanding Italian and Croation communities, in addition to university students who enjoy quick access to Simon Fraser University. This unique North Burnaby locale has several condominiums along Hastings Street, but is predominantly known for its excellent mix of contemporary, post war bungalow and traditional craftsman style single family homes along tree lined streets. Capitol Hill is where you’ll find Confederation Park, perfect for picnics and dog walking offers lawn bowling, tennis, soccer fields and the famous Model Steam Railway.


Immigrants comprise almost half of the population in Willingdon Heights with many people from China, Hong Kong, Italy and South Korea.

Willingdon Heights is situated just below the famous shops and services in The Heights. Immigrants comprise almost half of the population in Willingdon Heights with many people from China, Hong Kong, Italy and South Korea. A good selection of newer condominiums and single family homes are available in Willingdon Heights. The community is well served by rapid transit with Brentwood and Gilmore Skytrain stations. Schools in this popular North Burnaby neighbourhood include Kitchener Elementary and Alpha Secondary School nearby – well known for its French Immersion, Advanced Placement and Honours programs. Willingdon Heights Park and Community Centre offers a cardio & weight room, preschool activities and a 2,400 sq. ft. gymnasium.

Parkcrest is a popular hillside neighbourhood in North Burnaby. A desirable Burnaby neighbourhood for immigrants and retirees, this predominantly single family home neighbourhood has numerous Mediterranean style homes featuring arches, balconies and window shutters, often with grape vines growing on the facade. Newer townhouse and multi-unit buildings have added to recent housing options. With three shopping centres nearby, local shopping features the Parkcrest Plaza on Burnaby’s Broadway Ideally located beside Kensington Park, recreation activities include the Kensington Arena, pitch and putt, dog walking and well lit soccer and baseball fields.

The Sperling/Duthie community in the north east area of Burnaby is traditionally known as Lochdale. A neighbourhood composed of mostly single-family homes, the area is traditionally home to many immigrants of different European backgrounds from before World War Two. Today their children and grandchildren still reside in the community. Local residents have plenty of shopping to choose from, along with beautiful Kensington Park featuring the Kensington Ice Arena, pitch and putt plenty of baseball fields. Just north of Kensington Park there is easy access to the Trans Canada Trail, ideal for dog walking and cycling. Burnaby North Secondary in Kensington Park is the largest secondary school in BC, as well as the largest in Western Canada. Approximately 2,000 students from grades 8 to 12 attend the school.

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