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Park Royal Shopping Centre, West Vancouver
(3.8/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
Park Royal Shopping Centre, opened in 1950, is a shopping mall located in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Park Royal is officially Canada's first covered shopping mall. Park Royal currently markets itself as five star shopping and has undergone significant changes to attain this. The shopping centre was originally anchored by Woodward's.The Centre was started alongside the Guinness family's British Properties developments nearby, and was named after the London suburb of Park Royal where a Guinness brewery stood. The Guinnesses sold it in 1986.The mall is physically divided into two locations by Marine Drive, a major thoroughfare on the North Shore. The two sides are aptly named North Mall and South Mall, and are connected by overhead vehicle overpasses spanning over Marine Drive. The North Mall is the original part of the mall, and had the anchor store Woodward's (on the East end) and Woodward's Food Floors (on the West end). Expansion to the South Mall occurred in the 1962 with a further development in the mid 1970s. The expansion in the 1960s added SuperValu and Eaton's as the anchor stores on the South Mall. Further expansion in the mid-70's added a second floor to the mall and the Hudson's Bay store.In the 1980s when Woodward's closed, The Bay moved into the location previously held by Woodward's, and the Food Floor was converted into a Government Liquor Store, London Drugs and Rogers Video (now closed).
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Located in West Vancouver this mall is an attraction itself. With The Bay & several boutique stores it's a definite must. 
  • This large, upscale shopping centre is perfect in any weather. easy to get to by car or public transit (buses stop right in front of the mall). It has outdoor shopping for beautiful sunny days and ind...  more »
  • How are the stores surging on the north side? I avoid the bay and London drugs. It is horrible to find parking and if you go into the mall the noise and dust is awful. How is staff able to work on tha...  more »
Google
  • Weirdest layout of a "mall" I have ever experienced. There's a very nice outdoor plaza of shops which is beautiful and walkable centered around Whole Foods. You can pretty much figure that it's the ritzy part. Here you'll find all your mid to high end chain retailers. There's an indoor part of the mall where the stores are typical lower end chains anchored by Indigo and Sport Chek. Then there's pockets of dead space and the dilapidated parts that you can't get to except by car and the maze of a parking lot that's seems leaky ALL THE TIME. The back part by the river is always jammed up with traffic trying to get on the bridge and the road is pot holed and always has deep puddles. It seems though they're trying to renovate however slowly which is a good thing, but the mall is in perpetual construction mode. Overall, Park Royal provides a mediocre shopping experience, if you're stuck on the North Shore it's worth the while.
  • The major investments and construction over the last few years have resulted in a stunning new shopping experience that mixes traditional indoor shopping centre elements with a street-level outdoor vibe, and plentiful parking that actually looks pleasing to the eye.
  • Very nice and clean after the renovation. The food court was moved to 2nd floor and I really enjoyed what I had at Bourbon St. Grills. It was the best food court food I've had in few years. The mall is not too big and definitely not too small with decent selection of stores and the parking stolls are plenty. Recommend desserts at Faubourg Paris.
  • Great selection of stores, great coffee shops. Not a huge fan of the new food court. The food quality has decreased. The Vietnamese wraps burley had any veggies and were filled with mostly noodles. I had a stomach ache afterwards. Love opa's great food. The pizza place smells good but the pizza itself is tasteless. The Japanese food place is also good. Unfortunately around 4 to 6 the traffic gets really bad and it can get hard to get out of the mall parking area but that is pretty much the story of Vancouver everywhere.
  • There is so much to choose from at this mall, especially with the recent expansion/upgrades. There are a lot of high end stores now but also really cute coffee shops and average stores too. Parking is a bit hectic but the lots do let you know how many spots are available which is helpful. Make sure you check out the village it's very nice. Also, walk through the village and over to Ambleside beach if you have time!