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An Introduction to Dunbar

Dunbar, centred on Dunbar Street between 16th Avenue and Southwest Marine Drive, is an attractive community of quiet, tree-lined streets, single-family houses, beautiful parks and a central community centre.

The History of Dunbar

Prime Dunbar real estate, the Dunbar TheatreIn the early 20th century the lands in Dunbar were owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway(CPR), the province and the old Municipality of Point Grey. The first European settlers in the area were the Mount family were who bought a lot on West 22nd Ave in 1912 and built a small home there at what it today 3379 W. 22nd Ave. The same year parts of the University of British Columbia lands were subdivided and the next year in 1913 the streetcar line reached Clare Rd. (now Dunbar St.) 

By 1927 Dunbar was served by 3 streetcar lines and it was in the 1920's that Dunbar saw its first significant development. Many of these early homes were set well back from the street as was the rule of the day in the Municipality of Point Grey. Today Dunbar boasts a number of Heritage homes in the English Arts and Crafts and Edwardian Building styles. Prominent Heritage buildings include the former Convent of the Sacred Heart, now St.Georges School, and Lord Kitchener school at King Edward Ave. and Blenheim St.

Source: City of Vancouver

Interesting Facts

Long revered by Musqueam Natives as a portal to the spirit world, the 2,000-year-old Camosun Bog is a unique wetland area located within Pacific Spirit Regional Park. A boardwalk path begins at Camosun and 19th Avenue.

Margaret Laurence, one of Canada's best known novelists, published her first novel and wrote The Stone Angel (Rachel, Rachel as a movie) while living at 3556 W.21st.

Greenpeace, the world's largest environmental organization, began with a small group of people meeting in the house at 3504 West 19th.

Source: City of Vancouver

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