Vancouver’s North Shore

Vancouver’s North Shore

The North Shore

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

Lower Lonsdale at Night
North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale from Shipbuilder’s Pier

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 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.
Lower Lonsdale View from Seabus
Lonsdale Quay and the Lower Lonsdale Waterfront

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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 It’s an online tool that matches adventure seekers with local guides at reasonable prices.

North Shore Family Activities

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: