Capilano River shoreline transforms with exclusive riverside development

September proved to be another record-breaking month for real estate in Metro Vancouver, with a 56.2% increase in residential property sales from …

September proved to be another record-breaking month for real estate in Metro Vancouver, with a 56.2% increase in residential property sales from the same period in 2019.

British Columbians are discovering more and more the impact their living environment has on their lives, especially during these challenging times. Now, things like personal space and the views from our windows are valued at a different level.

In North Vancouver, a new move-in ready collection of 23 beautiful rowhomes fulfils these needs, offering an urban residential escape. PC Urban Properties began working on the vision for Holland Row back in 2014, and today, it’s the first project of its kind built along the Capilano River shoreline.

The spacious Lions Gate Village rowhomes range from 1,614 to 2,355 sq ft in size, starting at $1.35 million for a three-bedroom and $1.5 million for a four-bedroom property. Every home has been designed for residents to feel as though they are in a single-family unit, maximizing privacy and unobstructed views to the river.

Located in the rapidly-transforming Lions Gate Village neighbourhood, Holland Row puts prospective residents at the gateway to North and West Vancouver. The area will soon become home to a growing number of multi-family homes, a state-of-the-art recreation centre with a full-sized gym, a library, community spaces, and a public plaza.

Living in this pedestrian-friendly area gives locals ample opportunities to explore on foot, adventuring through the diverse trail network and connecting with nature in the old-growth rainforest. Grouse Mountain is also nearby, with year-round hiking trails and world-class ski runs offering unparalleled views in winter.

Closer to home, Holland Row residents can relax to the tranquil sound of the Capilano River in motion. It was inspired by the park-like setting and the auditory escape provided by the sound of the river.

“We are tucked away in a quiet corner, beside a park, in a serene node on the river,” says PC Urban Properties CEO, Brent Sawchyn. “It’s a gem of a neighbourhood and we are really proud of how we were able to integrate indoor-outdoor living and proximity to nature with European-style craftsmanship and the generous spaces families and downsizers need.”

The launch of Holland Row comes at a critical time. In September, townhome sales in North Vancouver specifically were twice what they were in September 2019, with a 7.7% benchmark price appreciation since this time last year. This marks the highest number of monthly sales for townhomes priced over $1,079 million ever in North Vancouver and the third consecutive month of breaking monthly sales records.

According to MLA Canada, median sales prices for North Vancouver townhomes in September was $1,039,150. “This is a 14.2% increase in prices during COVID — a huge nod to the pent up demand for North Vancouver,” says Ryan Lalonde, President of MLA Canada.

This particular rowhome collection and its location strike a rarely seen balance between indoor and outdoor living. Residents can open their French doors (or fold together accordion-style doors) to connect their living space with the patio for entertaining or inspiration while working from home.

Natural light floods in through expansive windows, high ceilings add to the spacious, airy feel, and open-plan layouts allow for easy transitioning between functional spaces.

Award-winning firm BYU Design is behind the simplistic yet elegant features found throughout each home, from the cozy fireplace that anchors the living area, to the spa-like bathrooms with marble detailing, to a full sized laundry room with side by side washer dryer, and the modern kitchen with high-end Gaggenau appliances.

On the lower level, residents have their own secure, private-entry garage to keep their vehicles safe and weather protected. Also on this level is the mudroom where active gear can be arranged in a designated space without cluttering other areas of the home. Suffice to say, thoughtful design and finishes can be found throughout each level in the three- and four-bedroom homes.

To really get a feel for what it would be like to live at Holland Row and in the Lions Gate Village neighbourhood, visit for more information and to register for a viewing.

The Presentation Centre is located at 16-1960 Glenaire Drive, North Vancouver. The development is open Saturday through Wednesday from 12 to 5 pm, closed Thursday and Fridays.”

High-speed rail from Chilliwack to Whistler pitched as part of COVID-19 recovery

VANCOUVER (CityNews) — Chilliwack to Whistler in 60 minutes? It’s … “This technology is tried and tested and whatever government gets in after the …

VANCOUVER (CityNews) — Chilliwack to Whistler in 60 minutes? It’s possible, according to those behind the Mountain Valley Express Project.

A group of academics and urban planners called the MVX Collective says a high-speed rail line connecting communities throughout the South Coast should be considered as part of the COVID-19 recovery and the ongoing fight against climate change.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the inequities in our society and fragilities in our economy. With the largest job loss recorded since World War II, and a disproportionate risk being placed on essential workers in our communities, how we respond to this moment will define a generation,” according to the website.

“While the recovery from COVID-19 remains top-of-mind, there is an even larger crisis looming. Climate change requires us to rethink how we live, work, and play. We cannot continue the status quo — we must build back better.”

The train would reach speeds of 300 km/hr and the collective estimates building an operating the rail line would create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Alex Gaio is a spokesperson for MVX Collective. He warns the proposed project shouldn’t be thought of as simply a train to Whistler, but rather a way to connect communities in a region where the population is steadily growing.

“We’re all really concerned about the South Coast. It’s a growing place that’s going to accommodate a lot more people,” he says.

“To just assume this is a tourism train would be unfortunate. There’s the Fraser Valley, there’s Surrey. We’ve expanded beyond Metro Vancouver. We’re the South Coast region.”

Meanwhile, local transport blogger and Langley City Councillor Nathan Pachal estimates the region’s population will grow by another million people in the next 20 – 30 years.

“You know we talk a lot about connections between Vancouver and Seattle, but it seems to me there’s stronger demand for Whistler, and between Vancouver and Chilliwack,” he says.

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The current vision for the route includes 11 stops with capacity for more than 15,000 passengers per hour. A trip on the train will be up to 80 per cent faster than driving.

“British Columbia, Oregon, and Washington State are currently investigating building a high-speed rail corridor that would connect Portland, Seattle, and Metro Vancouver. This project is being planned because it will foster strong economic growth along the West Coast. High-speed rail is a proven, zero-emissions transportation alternative that has revitalized communities and created powerful economic megaregions across Europe and Asia,” the MVX collective website says.

But it’s not cheap. Rough estimates put the cost at between $7- and $16-billion.

Gaio says this option is a better long-term solution than a SkyTrain expansion.

“High-speed rail link travelling these distances makes more sense,” he says.

“This technology is tried and tested and whatever government gets in after the election should do a proper feasibility study.”

With files from Lisa Steacy

Mountain Valley Express

Cannabis Smog Causes Public Outcry in Metro Vancouver

Most of these complaints have been lodged against Canopy Growth Corp.’s facility in the Township of Langley, one of the world’s largest legal …

Recreational cannabis hasn’t been legal for very long in Canada, but regions like Metro Vancouver have already received a lot of complaints about the smog and skunky smells coming from commercial marijuana growing and processing operations.

Last week, Metro Vancouver began working with local cannabis companies and other stakeholders on regulations to reduce the amount of pollution and unpleasant smells generated by grow ops during the flowering and harvesting period of the crops. The Metro Vancouver board is concerned that the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released by these cannabis farms are reacting with sunlight and nitrogen oxides in the atmosphere to form ozone, which pollutes the environment and is harmful to people with respiratory issues.

“During the summertime, where we see the discoloured haze, … a lot of that is from ozone,” said Roger Quan – Metro Vancouver’s Director of Air Quality and Climate Change – told The Globe and Mail. “In the past, we had summers where we issued quite a few advisories about ozone levels exceeding the Canadian standards.”

Metro Vancouver combated that problem in the past by imposing stricter regulations on oil refineries and vehicle emissions, and the board is ready to do the same with the cannabis industry in response to complaints from residents. Over the past year, Metro Vancouver has received 326 complaints about either the smell of the cannabis itself or chemicals used to mask those odors. Most of these complaints have been lodged against Canopy Growth Corp.’s facility in the Township of Langley, one of the world’s largest legal cannabis farms. Quan said the company appeared to be using bulk amounts of a Febreze-like spray to try to cover up the strong skunky smell of cannabis. Canopy Growth, however, denied this claim.

“We’ve listened to residents, we take their concerns seriously and intend on continuing to work with them and Metro Vancouver to find solutions to address any further issues,” said Canopy Growth spokesperson Aly-Kahn Virani.

Regardless of whether or not Canopy is using odor-masking chemicals, the sheer number of complaints about the smell of their facility means that something needs to change. As Allan Rewak—Executive Director of Cannabis Council, an industry lobbying group—said, cannabis businesses are very interested in trying to appease the local communities they work in and eager to work with Metro Vancouver on fixing this problem.

However, Quan fears that Metro Vancouver doesn’t have the power necessary to eliminate the odor and pollution problems on its own, so the board will also be sending a letter to Health Canada pushing for odor regulations to be put in place on a federal level. While there are currently federal odor control and pollution regulations in place for commercial cannabis growers, they aren’t very clear and do not appear to be effectively addressing the issue.