North Vancouver

An ecological wonderland and heralding some of the most accessible remote and mountainous wilderness to the residents and visitors to the Greater Vancouver Region, North Vancouver is a popular city cradled by the Burrard Inlet and the North Shore mountains.

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Map of Things to do in North Vancouver

It was first settled in the 1860s when logging was a main source of income in the region; the city expanded and soon became a popular shipping port which still functions to this day as visible along its shoreline.

With a plethora of activities stemming from the wilderness areas that make up most of its area, North Vancouver is a popular destination at all times of the year, offering everything from hiking, biking, swimming and kayaking in the summer to skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, dog sledding and ice skating in the winter.

Several key attractions can be found in North Vancouver such as the popular Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain, only a ten minute drive from one another.

The city is also the largest residential area between the two municipalities North of the Burrard Inlet, as well, most businesses. North Vancouver is divided into two areas, the city and the district; they do however share the same space but most people living outside of the region tend to lump the two together. The district is dissected by Trans-Canada Highway One - spanning across the entire country - which is the only highway of its kind in the Vancouver region. North Vancouver it is connected to the main Vancouver region via the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge and the Lion's Gate Bridge - the popular Seabus route also transports commuters and visitors to and from downtown core - one of the most interesting public transportation methods in Vancouver.

North Vancouver offers outdoor activities centring in the Capilano region which holds regional parks and the reservoir for the city which is an impressive sight. The region is composed of the two accessible mountains, Grouse and Seymour, as well as borders the edge of Indian Arm, a popular boating and recreational endeavours. The upper levels of North Vancouver offer unparallelled views of the downtown core as well as northwards to some of the most beautiful terrain - the old growth and new growth forests which are home to creatures such as bears, deer, a large variety of bird species and in the lower coastal regions, otters and seals. The natural wonders and the creation of large scale parks and protection projects have been advantageous to the tourism industry in North Vancouver as aside from Stanley Park is the most popular outdoor recreation area in the Vancouver district.

Visitors should make the trip to the North Shore and experience the abundance of indoor, outdoor and seasonal activities to get an opportunity to see and live the West Coast lifestyle.

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Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain is one of the most popular attractions on the North Shore, with its panoramic city views, entertainment, winter sport venue and popular gondola ride, Grouse sees millions of visitors a year.

Eye of the Wind

Come see a wind turbine up close at Grouse Mountain's Eye of the Wind. Learn about wind power and ascend to the top of the turbine to see breathtaking views of the Lower Mainland as well as the Cascade mountain range.

Grouse Grind

The Grouse Grind, also known as 'Mother Natures Stairmaster’ is North Vancouver's most famous hike. Ascending 2.9kms to the peak of Grouse Mountain this popular climb is an excellent way to experience Vancouver's amazing hiking trails.

Cleveland Dam

Cleveland Dam in North Vancouver is a massive concrete structure built to create the much needed reservoir for locals. An amazing sight viewed at several vantage points, the dam is worth the short stop to see.

Capilano Fish Hatcheries

The Capilano Fish Hatchery in Capilano River Regional Park, North Vancouver is an educational experience teaching interested parties about the importance of providing spawning grounds after large construction projects such as the Cleveland Dam.

Capilano River Regional Park

Capilano River Regional Park in North Vancouver has a whole network of interesting activities and trails for all ages. Encompassing the Capilano River, the Cleveland Dam, and the Fish Hatchery, there is no shortage of things to do in this beautiful West Coast Park.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver has been thrilling visitors since 1888. Whether shuffling across this swinging bridge, walking through the tree canopies or exploring the Native Village, there is an activity for everyone.

Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve

Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, found at the base of Mt. Seymour in North Vancouver is a popular recreation area offering biking, roller blading, hiking and fishing as well as spectacular views.

Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre

The Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre provides a place for children (and adults) to learn about the Parks interesting flora and fauna, ecosystems and other topics through interactive exhibits, displays and information.

Lynn Canyon Park

Lynn Canyon Park encompasses 617 acres of land and the headwaters of Lynn Creek. With its harrowing Suspension Bridge, informative Ecology Centre and many trails, it is a popular destination for locals and visitors.

Mt. Seymour

Mt. Seymour is a popular all season Park on the North Shore. Also functioning as the eastern end of the Baden Powell Trail, its shore touching the popular Indian Arm waterway, marking the edge of North Vancouver.

North Vancouver Museum and Archives

The Museum located in the historic 1902 Presentation House which served at the City Hall for North Vancouver for sixty-two years is filled with thousands of artifacts and photos as well as information on the history of the city and some of its important events.

Chiba Garden

Visit the Chiba Japanese Garden - a beautiful locale with stone lanterns, waterfalls, twin streams, bridges and stone walkways honouring North Vancouver's sister city Chiba, Japan.

Lonsdale Quay

Offering dozens of stores, Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver is a hub of activity and a panorama of amazing views. Whether to shop or to grab a bite to eat and watch the ships sail by, this Public Market is a unique place.

P.G.E. Railway Station

The old Pacific Great Eastern Railway Station located at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue near the Quay operates as a small museum along with the North Vancouver Museum and Archives on the waterfront of North Vancouver.

Burrard Dry Dock Pier

Visit the 700 metre long Burrard Dry Dock Pier and enjoy its stunning 360 degree views, annual events and visiting vessels.

Maplewood Farms

The last farm on the North Shore, Maplewood Farm offers an educational, fun and historical experience with over one hundred animals and dozens of species to touch, feed and enjoy.

Maplewood Conservation Area

Considered the last waterfront wetland ecosystem on the North Shore, the Maplewood (Flats) Conservation Area offers over three kilometres of trails and the best bird watching in Vancouver with over two hundred different species of birds migrating, nesting or permanently residing on site.

Deep Cove

Deep Cove, North Vancouver was one of the first vacation towns in the area, it continues to offer summer entertainment and its small town appeal for visitors to the Vancouver region.

Indian Arm & Indian Arm Provincial Park

With its rocky shores, surrounding mountains, forests and waterfalls, Indian Arm - a large saltwater fjord - and Indian Arm Provincial Park are filled with interesting activities and wildlife which are only accessible by boat.