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Our Four Best Neighbourhoods for Families in East Vancouver

Our Four Best Neighbourhoods for Families in East Vancouver

With mild temperatures, proximity to nature and culture, and recreational opportunities aplenty, these East Van neighbourhoods have something to suit every family. 

With plenty of fantastic areas, choosing where to live in the City of Vancouver can be difficult. To a certain extent, property values dictate where people end up. However, there are many other factors worth considering, and at the top of the list is how family-friendly a particular neighbourhood is. Our team has helped many families find their next home in and around East Vancouver, and we know which areas are most appealing to parents and kids. 

Before we get into specific areas, let's discuss the factors that help determine how family-oriented a particular neighbourhood may be. 

  • Noise level 

  • Pedestrian friendliness

  • Car convenience, traffic flow, parking, etc. 

  • Parks

  • Grocery stores 

  • Schools: proximity and quality 

  • Daycares and pre-schools

Four Ideal Neighbourhoods for Families in East Van 

Kensington-Cedar Cottage

With one of Canada's most ethnically diverse populations, the Cedar Cottage area has plenty of opportunities for delicious eats. On the recreational side, John Hendry Park is a beautiful green space featuring Trout Lake. The park also plays host to the thriving Trout Lake Farmers Market, which takes place every weekend in the summer. 

Proximity to bustling Commercial Drive, a cultural hub in Vancouver, is another major attraction of living in this area. Everything from tasty craft brews to designer Italian coffees are at your fingertips on The Drive. 


This family-friendly area has its Eastern edge along Boundary Road, which is the neighbourhood's border with Burnaby. A specific highlight is Renfrew Ravine Park which showcases beautiful green spaces on a peaceful nature walk. Accessing spectacular nature, including the North Shore Mountains, Howe Sound, and Whistler, is easy when the main highway is just minutes away.  

As a quiet residential area, Renfrew-Collingwood is an excellent place to raise kids.  

Riley Park-Little Mountain

Encompassing parts of Main and Cambie Streets, this neighbourhood has seen tremendous gentrification over the past few decades. Everything from funky shops to the large and tranquil Queen Elizabeth Park's botanical garden is available within minutes. 

The Hillcrest Recreation Center, with its rink and community, fitness, and aquatic programs, is an ideal place for families to enjoy sports and activities.  


The Killarney area is mainly single-family residential and well-suited for nature-loving families. Everett Crowley, Fraser Foreshore, and Central Parks all provide endless opportunities for walking, hiking and cycling. 

Recreation enthusiasts will love how easy it is to access the North Shore Mountains from the Killarney area. Simply take Boundary Road northbound, get on Highway 1, and before you know it, you'll be awestruck by the majestic Coast Mountain range. 

Plenty of elementary and secondary schools are in the area, making it an excellent location for families as their children grow.

Champlain Heights, another smaller Vancouver neighbourhood, is also located in the Killarney area and is an excellent place to put down roots and raise children.

Are You Searching for a Family-Friendly Community in East Van? 

If you want to learn more about these or other East Vancouver neighbourhoods, contact Connie Buna. You can reach her at (778) 689-7653 or by email:  

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