The North Shore
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.
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.
- 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.
- Lynn Canyon Park – nature at its best, with lots of stairs and a free suspension bridge.
- Lynn Headwaters Regional Park – great hiking trails in nature, for both beginners and experts.
- Maplewood Conservation Area – a preserved area of tidal mudflats that’s good for bird watching just off Dollarton Highway in North Vancouver.
- Maplewood Farm – a great place for very young children with pigs, horses, geese and other farm animals.
- Mount Seymour – a place for skiing, tubing and snowshoeing with the family.
- Mt. Seymour Provincial Park – a provincial park that’s popular for hiking, mountain biking and snowshoeing. It’s also home to the Mt. Seymour Ski Resort.
- Park Royal Shopping Centre – a large and upscale shopping mall with over 200 stores in West Vancouver near Ambleside Park.
- Polygon Gallery – an art gallery in Lower Lonsdale at 101 Carrie Cates Court.
- Rice Lake – a beautiful spot for walking and fishing.
- Seymour Demonstration Forest – paved cycling trails through the forest.
- Shipyards Night Market – an artisan market at Shipbuilders’ Square on Friday evenings from May to October.
- West Vancouver Aquatic Centre – a large recreational facility with a swimming pool, water slide and kid’s play pools.
- Whytecliff Park – a rugged ocean-side park in West Vancouver near Horseshoe Bay.
- Whyte Lake Park & Trail – a hiking trail and large forested park in West Vancouver.
The North Shore’s Best Events
The North Shore hosts some of the Lower Mainland’s most popular annual events, including the following:
- Summer Concert Music Series – free live outdoor concerts take place on Friday evenings from early July until late August at Deep Cove’s Panorama Park, Lynn Valley Village, and in Edgemont Village.
- Canada Day Celebrations – at Waterfront Park near Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver every July 1st and at the Red & White Picnic in John Lawson Park in West Vancouver.
- Squamish Youth Nation Powwow – a First Nations cultural event at Capilano Reserve Park in West Vancouver in July.
- Caribbean Days Festival – at North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park on the last weekend in July.
- Coho Festival – in early September at the waterfront in West Vancouver.
- Deep Cove Daze – a small community festival with music, food and family activities in North Vancouver in August. (Note: This event was cancelled in 2019 and may or may not occur again.)
- Harmony Arts Festival – an August festival that features live music, outdoor movies and lots of art in West Vancouver.
- Lynn Valley Day – a small community festival in the Lynn Valley neighborhood of North Vancouver in either May or June each year.
- Shipyards Festival – a free street party-style festival at the bottom of Lonsdale Avenue in September.
- Christmas Events:
- Dundarave Festival of Lights – a small community event featuring outdoor Christmas tree displays and concerts in December in West Vancouver.
- Grouse Mountain‘s the Peak of Christmas – winter holiday festivities with sleigh rides, gingerbread houses, skiing and skating in December.
- Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge – Christmas light displays in the month of December.
- Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas light displays at the gardens at Park and Tilford mall.
- Light Up The Village – a free outdoor community event at Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver.
- Shipyards Christmas Festival – free Christmas celebrations at the Shipyards in Lower Lonsdale on the first weekend in December.
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.