Who We Are
West Southlands, in the southwest corner of Vancouver, is a welcoming community of around 300 homes in a semi-rural setting adjacent to Musqueam Park and forests that host a wide assortment of birds, native plants and wildlife.
The West Southlands Residents Association (WSRA) is a volunteer-run, non-profit BC Society, founded in 1984 to maintain and enhance our neighbourhood, foster good relations with our neighbours and strengthen our connection to the natural environment through advocacy and community engagement. Membership is open to all residents within our boundaries. The WSRA acts as the collective voice for our residents.
What We Do
Protection and enhancement of green space is a high priority in West Southlands. Musqueam Park and Musqueam Marsh Nature Park are part of a wildlife corridor that connects Pacific Spirit Regional Park to trails along the Fraser River. Portions of the 24-hectare Musqueam Park are covered with dense, natural second growth forest of western red cedar, western hemlock, Douglas fir, and red alder. The park also has an off-leash field for dogs and two irrigated soccer fields. Trails and a bridle path weave through the magical wetlands filled with birds and urban wildlife.
Flooding is a top-of-mind issues for many West Southlands residents. Drainage is a growing concern as sea-level rise and heavier rains increase pooling and water flow in West Southlands.
Traffic levels and speeds along Dunbar and Collingwood Streets and 51st Avenue continue to be of concern. Most neighbourhood streets have no sidewalks, and the few sidewalks available are unpaved, so not easy to navigate with strollers, wheelchairs, walkers, or other wheeled devices. This means that pedestrians often have to walk on the streets.