VIP movies + Douglas Coupland art + transit = South Vancouver’s coolest intersection
Dubbed an “instant neighbourhood” by the CBC, the intersection at Cambie and SW Marine has transformed from its onetime non-descript industrial state into South Vancouver’s hottest hangout—complete with the city’s only VIP movie theatre—faster than Iron Man saved the universe.
Now, not only is it a hot spot for movie-goers, it’s an increasingly popular place to hang your Canucks cap. Stationed at the Marine Drive stop on the Canada Line, are three significant high-rises, a high street with all the “necessities:” a grocery store, pharmacy, Irish pub, and a dim sum hot spot (read: BBQ pork buns, shrimp dumplings, and egg tarts), plus perks for parents: a preschool and a park.
It’s the intersection’s convenience factor that really ups its popularity: a 15-minute walk will get you to the Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre (*new outdoor pool coming soon*), a “secret” bike lane beneath the Canada Line will deliver you almost directly to the Richmond Night Market, and the Canada Line will get you Downtown Vancouver in 15 minutes flat.
But don’t leave the neighbourhood without first spotting its massive monument: artist Douglas Coupland’s Golden Tree, an ode to Stanley Park’s 1000-year old “Hollow Tree” in the form of a dazzling 43-foot replica.