Discover the spectacular tourist attractions that keep visitors coming back each year. The North Shore is only a short 10 minute drive from Vancouvers’ bustling downtown and you will be charmed by the mountains and our west coast lifestyle. Three magnificent mountains are ready for you to explore!
Lonsdale Quay Market
For a memorable shopping experience discover the sensational world of Lonsdale Quay Market, perhaps the North Shore’s most visited gathering place. Centrally located at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue, the Lonsdale Quay Market is brimming with fresh fruits, vegetables, local and exotic seafood, and sweets. On the second floor discover fashions and gift ware. Enjoy casual dining as well as summer-long entertainment.
The Sea Bus
The SeaBus Terminus beside Lonsdale Quay is part of Vancouver’s one-ticket public transit system. Hop on the scenic SeaBus which is the region’s fast, convenient and inexpensive catamaran ferry which whisks foot passengers, in 12 minutes, to historic Gastown, Chinatown and downtown Vancouver. At no extra charge it connects with the SkyTrain and conventional bus services to Stanley park and the entire region.
Take the SkyRide to the top of Grouse Mountain for a celestial view of Vancouver. Sit out on the patio and have a casual lunch or dine at the Observatory restaurant. The Hiwus Feast House is an experience in Native Indian history and culture as well as food. The Theatre In the Sky offers free cinematic presentations of Beautiful British Columbia. Skiing is available day and night during the winter.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
For over 100 years, Capilano Suspension Bridge has swayed 230 feet above Capilano river. The world’s longest and highest Suspension Bridge offers breathtaking views, nature trails, history and forestry exhibits, native carvers, award winning gardens, gift store and complete food services. Equally exciting to watch are the huge salmon that migrate here in the fall.
There’s no better way to see the city on a beautiful Vancouver day than by a relaxing harbour cruise, and a great selection of destinations are available including Howe Sound and Indian Arm. Summer sunset cruises including dinner are a great way to conclude a wonderful day of sightseeing as you take in the natural beauty of Vancouver from a unique perspective you can’t get on the land.
Take a stroll along the waterfront or watch ferries sail away from the terminal. Rent a boat or charter a private salmon fishing or sightseeing trip from Sewell’s Landing. Whytecliff Marine park, where you’ll often find scuba divers searching for treasures in the sea, is just a short distance away. Finish your trip off with dinner a delicious dinner at Horseshoe Bay in one of the many restaurants along the water.
The quaint village of Deep Cove features a fine selection of restaurants, an art gallery, live theatre, select and unique gift shops, and the most relaxing scenery you’ll find anywhere. The shores of the Cove are the gateway to B.C.’s newest Provincial Park in Indian Arm, a 14 mile pristine fjiord. Rent a canoe or kayak for a few hours. Or hike from the village along the Baden-Powell Trail through the rainforest to Quarry Rock for an amazing view.
One of North Shore Vancouver’s natural beauties to be explored, Lynn Canyon Park has 617 acres of pristine coastal temperate rain forest. There is a spectacular canyon, a suspension bridge that is free of charge, and miles of hiking trails for all levels. An ecology centre brings North Vancouver’s industrious history to life, and access to the park is easy from all North Vancouver locations.
Seymour Demonstration Forest
Tucked in the lower part of an ancient glacier-carved valley, this lush wilderness is an excellent example of a coastal temperate rain forest. Over 100 species of animals and birds call this habitat home. Cycle or stroll up the river and around Rice Lake or hike across to the Lynn Canyon headquarters. Select trails were rated by Fitness and Speedskating Times as 3rd best in North America for inline skating or blading.
Close to Horseshoe Bay, Lighthouse Park boasts some of the largest Douglas Fir trees in the city as well as breathtaking views of the water off the shore of West Vancouver. See the six largest trees in Canada and hike under a vast forest canopy. The waters teem with sea life, and swimming is excellent during the summer months. If you are a diver, then this is the place on the North Shore to explore.
One of the nicest beaches in Vancouver, Ambleside is perfect for all sorts of activities. Whether you’re looking for a place to swim, play sports, or just catch some sun, this beach brings in people from all over the North Shore. Swimming and walks along the 3 mile Sea Walk offer the ultimate view of Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park and the city. Pitch and putt, and coffee shops are also nearby.
Located in Capilano River Regional Park, Cleveland Dam is home to one of Vancouver’s most active fish hatcheries, and provides North Vancouver with drinking water. Educational displays show visitors the salmon’s life cycle through aquariums, a fish ladder and rearing ponds. Hiking, fishing and kayaking are among the popular activities throughout this unspoiled area.
Villages & Shopping Centres
From designer fashions to one-of-a-kind souvenirs, Vancouver North Shore is a total shopping experience. From Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove, unique villages are the multiple hearts of the community. Caulfeild Village, on its high plateau, is home to exclusive boutiques. Picturesque Dundarave Village, far below on the seaside, has sidewalk and oceanview cafes and an array of small shops. Ambleside, one of the oldest North Shore neighbourhoods, was a seaside retreat for city dwellers in days gone by and is now a mecca for strollers, gallery-hoppers and shoppers.
Edgemont Village in the Capilano Highlands below Grouse Mountain has many charming specialty shops and restaurants. Lynn Valley developed around a forest economy, but today is a lively residential and commercial community. Lower Lonsdale, the historical heart of the North Shore, is now the site of Lonsdale Quay and the northern SeaBus terminal. Park Royal, in the geographic midst of it all, is a modern, multi-level shopping centre with large department stores and 250 fine small shops offering everything imaginable in a world class mall environment.