Greater Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Westridge (City of Burnaby)
Westridge is on the northwest slope of Burnaby Mountain and the neighbourhood straddles Inlet Drive as it drops down to the Barnet Highway (to Port Moody) from Hastings Street. The west side overlooks the shores of Burrard Inlet and the West Coast Express railway tracks. The eastern half of Westridge climbs quite steeply up Burnaby Mountain, and has access to the newly built Burnaby Mountain Parkway.
In 2007, a city sewer contractor caused a pipeline rupture and oil spill which caused damage to homes and gardens and ecological damage to the forested slope and the marine wildlife along the Burrard Inlet shore. As well, it caused months of traffic disruptions on the Barnet Highway during the cleanup operations.
The area is mostly single family homes
The popular Hastings Street shopping district between Kensington Ave and Clare Ave has lots of shops & restaurants, and Lougheed Mall is to the southwest.
The community has a number of small parks scattered account the neighbourhood. To the east is Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area with its forested slopes, hiking trails, and Centennial Park, as well as the Burnaby Mountain Golf Course. The Trans-Canada Trail runs along the north side of Hastings and continues toward picturesque Burrard Inlet. The small Westridge Park west of Inlet Drive has a children's playground and some tennis courts. Nearby is Barnet Marine Park, with its beach and wonderful views of Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm.
The neighbourhood is served by two elementary schools (Lochdale Community and Westridge) as well as by Burnaby North Secondary School. The area's post-secondary students have excellent access to BCIT to the southwest and Simon Fraser University to the east.
City of Burnaby Community Map