As its name suggests, this area is really two distinct communities, each with its own unique identity. 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.
Southlands, south of Southwest Marine Drive in the low-lying flatland of the Fraser River floodplain, is serene rural farmland where there seems to be more horses than people. No other Canadian city has country living so close to the city, just 15 minutes from downtown. The area's residents greatly value its safe, green, village-like atmosphere and see this quality as what makes their community special.
Did You Know?
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.