About Dunbar

Dunbar-Southlands is an older, well-established neighbourhood located in the southwest corner of Vancouver on the Point Grey Peninsula. It is on the traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band).

Dunbar has tree-lined streets, an architecturally diverse housing stock and three distinct shopping areas along the neighbourhood high street. The community is adjacent to Pacific Spirit Park and the University of British Columbia. Southlands is at the southern area of the neighbourhood and abuts the north shore of the Fraser River; some areas of Southlands are semi-rural.

About the Dunbar Residents’ Association

The Dunbar Residents’ Association (DRA) is working to make our neighbourhood a better place in which to live. We promote community spirit, inform residents about important issues that have an impact on our neighbourhood and work to make sure that the views of Dunbar residents are heard at City Hall.

Join or renew your membership now by downloading and printing the DRA Membership Application and sending or dropping it off to the locations noted on the form.

Some of what the DRA has done for Dunbar residents over the past years

Ongoing Activities

  • Salmonberry Days: Dunbar’s month-long neighbourhood festival held every May;
  • Dunbar Community Patrol: Citizens’ volunteer patrol helping to increase neighbourhood safety;
  • DRA Website (www.dunbar-vancouver.org): For information on activities and issues of interest to the neighbourhood;
  • DRA Board of Directors: Meets monthly to discuss issues and plan activities of interest to Dunbar;
  • DRA Annual General Meeting: Held in November, includes invited guests and a program of interest for neighbours, eg. in 2008 we held a mayoral/councilor candidates’ meeting and most-recently held a candidates’ meeting for the City by-election;
  • DRA Newsletter: Published three times a year, plus the Salmonberry Days’ calendar issue, and delivered to all households in Dunbar;
  • Dunbar Neighbours Mailing List: Interactive email list for communications amongst Dunbar neighbours;
  • DRA Seniors’ Committee: Working to advance seniors’ interests.

Past Activities by the Dunbar Residents’ Association

  • Dunbar History Project: Produced The Story of Dunbar, an award-winning history of the Dunbar neighbourhood;
  • Candidates’ meetings were held in advance of all municipal, provincial and federal elections;
  • Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver (NSV): Joined this city-wide coalition of neighbourhood groups working collectively to establish a meaningful dialogue with City Council and promote a positive neighbourhood-based planning process;
  • 16th & Dunbar Supportive-Housing Facility: Took a leadership role in facilitating community input into the Operational Management Plan for this facility;
  • EcoDensity: Hosted a neighbourhood meeting with city planners, joined a coalition of 30 neighbourhood groups (NSV, above), and delivered a presentation to City Council to support our Community Vision at the EcoDensity Council meetings;
  • UBC Farm: Wrote to the UBC Board of Governors urging retention of all 24 hectares of UBC Farm as urban farmland;
  • Queen Elizabeth Annex: Supported the QE Annex school community in their successful effort to oppose the closure of the Annex and sale of the property;
  • Pacific Spirit Park: Wrote to the provincial government to support retention of all Pacific Spirit Park land as undeveloped green space;
  • Third-Party Appeals: Wrote to Council urging that it press the provincial government to reinstate third-party appeals to the Board of Variance. The new Council has agreed to consider this issue.