The British Pacific Properties legacy began in 1931, when a group of investors, led by the Guinness family, purchased 4,000 acres of land from the District of West Vancouver. The founding vision was to build exceptional neighbourhoods—secluded, yet still close to city life. That promise continues to this day.
Since the beginning, British Pacific Properties has committed to working with the best. In 1933, the Olmsted Brothers, renowned Boston landscape architects behind New York City’s Central Park, designed the original British Properties, a 1,000-acre expanse of land across the upper slopes of West Vancouver. British Pacific Properties retained Stanley F. Thomson, one of North America’s premier golf course architects, to design the Capilano Golf Course. The golf course and clubhouse, opened in 1937 and 1939 respectively, quickly became the crown jewels of the original British Properties.
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A monumental milestone was achieved when the Lions Gate Bridge opened to traffic on November 12, 1938. British Pacific Properties designed, constructed, and financed the project, which established a vital connection between Vancouver and the North Shore. This created an entirely new dynamic for the British Properties (originally known as Capilano Estates), as the enhanced accessibility attracted a host of prospective homeowners. Providing much-needed construction jobs during the Great Depression, the bridge came to symbolize a link to the future and to better times.
Following World War II, development continued with the introduction of the Evelyn and Almondel communities. In anticipation of the next wave of homeowners, British Pacific Properties opened Park Royal Shopping
Centre in 1950— Canada’s first covered shopping center. Anchored by Woodward’s department store, Park Royal brought an extensive range of amenities to the North Shore, dramatically adding to its quality of life.
The post-war baby boom saw the British Properties grow into a strong, vibrant community. The expansion that continued through the 1980s introduced the Chartwell, Rockridge, Westhill and Cypress Ridge neighbourhoods.
After developing new neighbourhoods in Camelot and Canterbury in the 1990s, British Pacific Properties began building luxury custom homes in the Whitby Estates and Taylor’s Lookout developments. These exclusive neighbourhoods featured a mix of single family estate homes, luxury townhomes, and elegant condominiums.
In 2008, a community-based working group led a unique community engagement process, resulting in the 215-acre Rodgers Creek Area Development Plan. The master plan currently consists of the Highgrove, Highview, The Estates at Rodgers Creek and Mulgrave Park neighbourhoods, with more to come. The neighbourhoods will be connected by the winding Mountain Path trail system, leading to the future Cypress Village. This world-class mountain village will become the heart of the Upper Lands community, which has been an integral part of the West Vancouver story for three generations.
Respecting the past and embracing the future,
by building a legacy of luxury to last generations.
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Capilano in the early days