NEWCOMERS

Welcome Tour

Are you new in West Vancouver? If yes, welcome to our community! Join this tour to learn about the West Vancouver Community Centre facilities, and how to find and register for activities. Tour participants will receive a Newcomer Pass with some free admissions.

Language support is available upon request.

Register for Welcome Tour


Socially Active: Making Friends in West Vancouver

West Vancouver is a growing community with a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, abilities and identities.

Socially Active is a new program designed to connect newcomers with long-term West Vancouver residents. Through a new friendship, you might learn a new language,  improve your English, get to know the community around you, share your experiences and skills, or try something you have never tried before!

Participants will be matched based on personality type and interests, and will connect with each other for 1 to 1.5 hours per week (online or in-person, based on their own schedule) over a six-month period. They will receive invitations to events and workshops that they can join together, meet others, learn about and explore the community, participate in interactive activities such as nature walks or cooking, fitness, or arts classes—either in an in-person or virtual setting.

If you are a newcomer, register for this program and we will contact you for an interview.

If you wish to participate as a mentors/long-term resident, you are required to be registered as a volunteer with the District of West Vancouver and you can apply for this program by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator at 604-913-2703. Mentor applicants will be invited to an orientation.

Register for Socially Active: Making friends in West Vancouver

NOTE: This program has no fixed schedule. After interviews, paired friends will make their own schedule to meet up and socialize. Participants will receive invitations to Socially Active program group activities.

Any questions? Contact Minori

Email

604-921-3403


Family Holiday Card Making

This family arts & craft workshop will let your creativity flow, using paper as the main tool. Together, we will create beautiful handmade cards for grandparents, teachers, friends, and family far away and send holiday wishes. Suited for families with children ages 8+.

Register for Family Holiday Card Making


Coast Salish Story & Cedar Canoe Craft

Join the Squamish Nation elder, Lisa Lewis as she reads her book Tsunaxen’s Journey with drumming and teaches traditional Squamish songs and crafts. A cedar canoe craft kit will be supplied to each registered child. Parents/caregivers and children will make a canoe neckalce together while they listen to the story.

Register for Coast Salish Story & Cedar Canoe Craft


Family Coast Salish Wool Weaving 

In this family workshop, learn the basic traditional wool weaving techniques from the Squamish Nation’s elder, Lisa Lewis. Families will weave wool necklaces together and honour this beautiful indigenous heritage that belongs to the land where we all belong.

Register for Family Coast Salish Wool Weaving


ESL English Class with Janet

Improve your English skills by speaking, reading, watching videos, and listening in an engaging two-hour class led by an experienced Canadian ESL instructor, Janet. Break out into smaller conversation groups—led by native English speakers—giving you an even better opportunity to converse and learn!

Some of the topics discussed will include news of the day, Canadian culture and history, post-pandemic life, and community events. You’ll be introduced to English idioms and phrases, as well as grammar, and vocabulary.

The goal of this class is to help you boost your English skills to help you participate more fully in your community and to better understand the resources available to you.

Register for ESL English Class with Janet


Fitness for Moms and Moms-to-be

Are you a new or expectant mom in West Vancouver? We have a number of programs designed to help you stay active and meet other new moms in your new community!

Register for Pre and Post-natal Fitness


Programs for 55+ Adults

Are you or your family members over 55-years-old and new in West Vancouver? We offer several amazing activities and programs at the West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre (SAC)!

If you would like to learn more about the SAC, call 604-925-7280 to arrange a tour in English, Farsi, Cantonese, or Mandarin.

Seniors' Activity Centre Tour Information


New: Multilingual Sign in Our Change Rooms to Support Our Diverse Community – How to Keep Your Items Safe


These programs are fully funded by generous donors to Enhance West Van.