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Vancouver’s North Shore

Lower Lonsdale at Night

The North Shore is home to North Vancouver, West Vancouver, three ski hills, two suspension bridges and some of the world’s most beautiful nature.

The North Shore

The North Shore’s cities are set at the base of Vancouver’s stunning mountains where the ski resorts of CypressSeymour and Grouse are also located.

The region stretches from Horseshoe Bay at the far end of West Vancouver to picturesque Deep Cove at the eastern edge of North Vancouver. In between are world-class parks, shoreline and places of interest.

The North Shore is a paradise for skiers, serious mountain bikers, hikers and water sport enthusiasts from around the world.

Shipyards and Lower Lonsdale Waterfront
Lower Lonsdale Waterfront

The North Shore’s Best Places

If you’ve come to Vancouver for the mountains and outdoor activities, the North Shore is where you’ll want to go. Here is what you’ll find:

  • Ambleside – a beautiful park and beach in West Vancouver.
  • Baden Powell Trail – over 40 km of hiking trails stretching from West Vancouver to North Vancouver across the mountains.
  • Capilano River Regional Park – one of the best places for beautiful views and nature in the Lower Mainland, plus home to both the Capilano River Hatchery and the Cleveland Dam.
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge – one of Metro Vancouver’s most famous attractions, with bridges across a canyon and through the trees, plus amazing light displays at Christmas.
  • Cates Park – a nice park with both sandy and rocky beaches and an amazing play structure for young children.
  • Cleveland Dam – a dam and waterfall at Cleveland Park in Capilano River Regional Park.
Cleveland Dam Lookout
The Cleveland Dam
  • Cypress Falls Park – a popular place with forested hiking trails and a number of waterfalls.
  • Cypress Mountain – the North Shore’s largest ski hill with the most advanced terrain.
  • Cypress Provincial Park – home to Cypress Ski Hill, but also hiking trails, forests and places to go backcountry camping north of West Vancouver.
  • Deep Cove – a picturesque seaside village that’s great for kayaking and hiking in North Vancouver.
  • Dundarave – a beach, village and pleasant place to walk along the seawall in West Vancouver.
  • Goat Mountain – a mountain and 4-hour hiking trail that begins at Grouse Mountain.
  • Grouse Grind – a hike up Grouse Mountain that’s popular with people wanting a workout.
  • Grouse Mountain – a popular and highly accessible ski hill with year-round activities.
  • Inter River Park – a park with walking trails and North Vancouver’s highest concentration of grass soccer fields. It’s located along Lynn Creek just north of the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge near Capilano University.
  • Horseshoe Bay – location of one of BC Ferries’ terminals linking the Lower Mainland with Vancouver Island.
  • Lighthouse Park – a rugged ocean-side park with rocky shores and views of Vancouver.
  • Lonsdale Quay – home to a year-round public market, the SeaBus terminal and more.
  • Lower Lonsdale – the district at the bottom of Lonsdale Avenue that includes the Shipyards, Polygon Gallery and the Lonsdale Quay Public Market.
Lower Lonsdale View from Seabus
Lonsdale Quay and Lower Lonsdale Waterfront
Crowds Enjoying Canada Day
Canada Day in North Vancouver

The North Shore’s Best Events

The North Shore hosts some of the Lower Mainland’s most popular annual events, including the following:

In addition to the above, the North Shore is also home to a couple of farmers markets in the late spring, summer and early fall. They are the Lonsdale Quay Artisan Farmers Market on Saturdays in North Vancouver and the Ambleside Artisan Farmers Market on Sundays in West Vancouver.

West Vancouver at Night
West Vancouver at Night