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River District Vancouver

River District's Town Centre

The River District is a new 130-acre commercial and residential development along the Fraser River in the Marine Drive and Boundary Road area of Vancouver.


River District Drive-in Movies

In September and October River District Vancouver hosts a series of 6 double-feature drive-in movie nights. They are free events, although you need to reserve your spot in advance. Show dates are September 15, 22 & 29 as well as October 13, 20 & 27. Click Drive-in Movie Nights for more information or visit River District Vancouver‘s website for tickets and other details.


Vancouver’s River District Development

River District Vancouver is a master-planned waterfront community that is currently being developed. It’s kind of like a new Coal Harbour or Yaletown, but bigger. It’s also much larger than Granville Island, although smaller than Olympic Village.


In this article you’ll find information on the following topics:

Location | River District Today | About the Development | River District in the Future | River District Events | Easter at the River District | Savour Summer Festival | Autumn Movies | Other Information

Click on any of the above links to jump to a particular topic, or continue reading to learn all about River District Vancouver.


River District Vancouver in Spring
The River District in Spring

River District Location

The River District is a 130-acre area of land in South Vancouver. It’s bordered by Kerr Street to the west, Marine Drive to the north, Boundary Road to the east and the Fraser River to the south.

The River District Community Centre is located at 8683 Kerr Street. The River District’s Town Centre is at 8540 River District Crossing by Sawmill Crescent.

The River District Today

Although still very young as a development with long term plans, River District Vancouver already has a Town Centre with lease agreements with a Starbucks, Save-on-Foods and TD Bank. Everything Wine and Westminster Savings Credit Union are also already there and operating.

Commercial and residential property development will progress over the coming years, but families and businesses have already started moving in.

As part of its long-term vision to be a thriving and dynamic community, River District Vancouver is already a destination to check out. Throughout the year it hosts community events for the public.

Today there is a fair bit of open space as well as active construction on the 130-acre property. There is also a pleasant 1.5-km gravel pathway along the shores of the Fraser River, which is perfect for strolls and leisurely bike rides. There is also a pier, a Romer’s restaurant, community centre and residential buildings at various stages of completion.

Romer's Restaurant and River District Community Centre
Romer’s Restaurant and the Community Centre

About the River District

River District Vancouver is a modern and environmentally-friendly commercial and residential development.

Under the supervision of property developer Wesgroup, buildings are of LEED Gold standard, which means they are constructed in an environmentally-friendly way and designed to conserve both water and energy.

The property is also designed to be community-focused and to have lots of green space. The Fraser River-bordering neighbourhood features a 1.5 kilometre walking and cycling path along its waterfront as well as children’s play areas.

Waterfront Trail at River District Vancouver
River District Pathways and Green Space

The River District in the Future

Presently there are some residential and commercial properties in the River District. Over time though there will also be an elementary school, child care facilities and a total of 7000 residential units. There will also be 250,000 square feet of retail space for shops and restaurants, plus public plazas, community gardens, sports fields and recreational facilities.

The total land space of the River District is three times that of Granville Island. In a few years, after its 15,000 or so residents eventually move in, it’ll have a population larger than Yaletown.

Upon completion, River District Vancouver will have more than 7 million square feet of living area and over 25 acres of green space. To put that into perspective, Gastown is smaller than 25 acres.

Events at the River District

As the community continues to grow, a lot happens in the River District neighbourhood. It’s impressive!

The development has a vibrant community centre that offers all kinds of programs including yoga and other fitness classes. In the summer there are various events and drive-in movies in the fall.

To see what’s coming up in the neighbourhood, check out the River District Events Calendar. Or for information about some of the River District’s main events in the spring, summer and fall, see below.

River District Community Centre
The River District Community Centre

Easter at the River District

The big event at River District Vancouver in the spring is the annual Golden Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday.

In 2018, on Sunday, April 1st, the River District Neighbourhood Centre hosted a special Easter event from 10 am until 1 pm.

The Easter festivities include a balloon animal station, cotton candy and crafts for kids. Starbucks offers free hot chocolate and coffee, and there is a hunt for gold foil-covered chocolate eggs.

Click Golden Egg Hunt for further details about the 2018 event.


River District Big Box Easter Bunny


Savour Summer Festival

On four Saturdays in the summer the River District hosts one of its free Savour Summer Festival events which feature live music, food trucks, market vendors, giveaways and family-friendly activities.

In 2018 Savour Summer Festival events took place on the Saturdays of July 21, August 11 & 25, and September 8.

The events all take place in the later part of the day in the River District’s Town Centre near the Starbucks at 8540 River District Crossing (at Sawmill Crescent).

Each evening has a slightly different theme and live band or other performance.

Click River District Events for further details.

Drive-in Movie at the River District
Drive-in Movie Night at River District Vancouver

Autumn Movies at the River District

River District Drive-in Movies happen in the eastern section of the development on weekends in September and October.

The drive-in movie events attract up to 300 to 400 vehicles per time. They used to cost around $20 per car (with up to 8 people in each), but as of 2018 they are free! There is also no charge for people walking in and sitting in their lawn chairs.

Click Drive-in Movie Nights for more information.

River District at Kerr Street
River District at the bottom of Kerr Street

Other Information

Click River District Vancouver for the development’s official website.

For information on what’s happening in the neighbourhood, click River District Events.

For maps and facts about River District Vancouver, click Maps & Statistics.

For details about the real estate company behind the development, check out the Wesgroup website.