The North Shore
The North Shore’s cities are set at the base of Vancouver’s stunning mountains where the ski resorts of Cypress, Seymour 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.
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 Mountain – the North Shore’s largest ski hill with the most advanced terrain.
- 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.
- Grouse Mountain – a popular and highly accessible ski hill with year-round activities.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mt. Seymour – a place for skiing, tubing and snowshoeing with the family.
- Park Royal Shopping Centre – a large and upscale shopping mall with over 200 stores in West Vancouver near Ambleside Park.
- Rice Lake – a beautiful spot for walking and fishing.
- Seymour Demonstration Forest – paved cycling trails through the forest.
- Shipyard Night Market – an artisan market at Shipbuilders’ Square on Friday evenings from May to October.
- Whytecliff Park – a rugged ocean-side park in West Vancouver near Horseshoe Bay.
Guided Tours in Nature
The North Shore has some of the world’s best hiking, mountain biking, back-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, as well as kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding locations. It can be a challenge, however, knowing where to go, especially if you don’t know the area or aren’t an expert in the outdoors. If you want a local expert to take you on adventures, then check out Guiides.com. It’s an online tool that matches adventure seekers with local guides at reasonable prices.
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 every Friday from 7 to 9 pm from early July until late August at Deep Cove’s Panorama Park, Lynn Valley at 1277 Lynn Valley Road, and in Edgemont Village at the 3000 block of Highland Boulevard.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.