Vancouver bed & breakfast accommodations on the North Shore offer a diversity of recreational opportunities. Anyone can satisfy a taste for variety by skiing in the morning, golfing in the afternoon, and fishing for salmon at dusk. Top off the day by viewing a spectacular sunset. Vancouver’s North Shore is a year round paradise for sports and outdoor-minded people. To the north, the beginning of more than a thousand miles of snow-capped mountain wilderness, and to the south, an equally stunning panorama of one of the world’s best known and best-loved skylines.
The famous 47km Baden-Powell Trail runs the length of the North Shore Mountains, and is perfect for recreational hikers. Many parts are not strenuous and give amazing panoramic views of the area. Grouse Mountain hiking trails are also accessible via the Grouse Mountain SkyRide, and the Seymour Demonstration Forest is the perfect area for more casual hikers.
There are many great mountain bike rental centres in and around Vancouver’s North Shore. Get yourself a bike and pedal down the peak on a mountain bike tour. Various tours take you on a breath-taking journey through the North Shore mountains’ winding scenic bike trails. The scenery is spectacular and time is time is provided for photo shoots, rests, and a bite to eat. Many levels of experience are taken into consideration.
Vancouver’s North Shore provides many opportunities for golfers at any skill level. Northlands Golf Course is North Vancouver’s newest golf course, open to the public every day, while Seymour Golf & Country Club is a private course with select public days. Glen Eagles is a scenic and fun 9 hole golf course in West Vancouver. For a truly magnificent golfing experience though, drive 30 minutes up the Sea to Sky highway to the challenging Furry Creak Golf Club.
Kayak, canoe and power boat rentals are available around the Deep Cove Marina and other points along Vancouver’s North Shore for ocean adventurers. Indian Arm is a spectacular fjord with countless destinations for glorious day and overnight trips, and the sheltered waters of Burrard inlet make this a very safe sport for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Power boats can also be rented at Horseshoe Bay for cruising and fishing.
The beckoning lights of Grouse Mountain are perhaps Vancouver’s most recognizable landmark when entering the region by night. Grouse Mountain, Cypress Bowl, and Mount Seymour offer affordable skiing and spectacular views of the city. And for the avid skiier, a short drive up the Sea to Sky highway takes you to Whistler/Blackcomb, one of North America’s premier mountain resort destination communities.
Superb examples of public art abound and may well be one reason why there are so many smiles around. Vancouver North Shore has numerous galleries featuring the works of talented painters, weavers, photographers, printers and sculptors in metals, clay, stone, wood, glass and found materials. See what our local West Coast artisans have to offer, and take home a one of a kind treasure.
From musical theatre to high drama, from thought provoking historical portrayals to side-splitting comedies and heart-rending local stories, you will find it all on stage in many of Vancouver’s North Shore venues. The thriving live-theatre community here is unlike any other, drawing technical skills and thespian talent from a huge resident pool in this “Hollywood of the North”.
Festivals & Cultural Events
Vancouver’s North Shore is home to a rich assortment of festivals, each with its own unique flavour. The largest of these may be Caribbean Days with up to 20,000 in attendance, but throngs also enjoy Deep Cove Daze, Under the Volcano Festival, Edgemont Harvest Festival, and the Folk Festival to name a few. The Salish Pow-Wow is a rare opportunity to watch north coast native dancing at its very best.
Heritage & Antiques
Many of North Shore Vancouver’s fine heritage buildings are included in walking tours that also drop in for a look at old streetcars and ferries. Several museums offer more than a glimpse of the region’s past, and an array of fine antique shops display the superb craftsmanship of earlier times at take-it-home prices. It’s truly a unique change to see what this dynamic community was like in its youth.
Music & Dance
The range of musical talent on Vancouver’s North Shore is overflowing, with internationally acclaimed recording artists making their homes here. Jazz, Reggae and Celtic bands play at Waterfront Park, Deep Cove, Horseshoe Bay, and all stops in between, and gypsy-like buskers perform at Lonsdale Quay. Ethnic, ballet and contemporary dancers appear at venues all over the North Shore.