Welcome to the 'hood: The North Shore

Welcome to the North Shore! The North Shore is home to Vancouver's mountains and is an adventure playland. Once you've taken the Seabus from the Waterfront Terminal you've crossed over to the other side, and technically you've left the City of Vancouver.The North Shore comprises of North Vancouver and West Vancouver. Sound like a local and refer to the cities as North Van and West Van - not to be confused with the West End and the West Side! 

Unique FactAnother entry to the North Shore is the Lion's Gate Bridge. It's officially named the First Narrows Bridge, and is the gateway to the North Shore. Opened in 1938, the bridge had a rocky start. Despite opposition to construction and the City's financial status during the Depression, Taylor forged ahead and built the bridge with the backing of the Guinness family. (Read more for the whole story.) It's more commonly known as the Lions Gate Bridge, which refers to The Lions, a pair of mountain peaks (see above picture). Northbound traffic on the bridge heads in their general direction. A pair of cast concrete lions, designed by sculptor Charles Marega, were placed on either side of the south approach to the bridge in January, 1939

Things to do:

  • Get on a mountain bike and explore. Test your skills on Mt. Fromme. Discover why the term "Shore Riding" or "Free riding" originated here.
  • Learn about our one of our First Nations cultures and enjoy the landscape and beauty of the North Shore. Take a tour with Takaya Tours and explore the Rainforest or paddle in a replica Coast Salish canoe. 
  • Take a hike! The North Shore's steep incline composes of six mountain peaks: Black, Strachan, Hollyburn, Grouse, Fromme, and Seymour Mountains. Why not try the famous Grouse Grind or the Baden Powell Trail which will take you from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay.
  • Go golfing.  There are several courses in the area from Par 3's like Ambleside and Murdo Frazer, to the more challenging Glen Eagles or Northlands.
  • Are you the daring sort? Get to  Lynn Canyon and cross the suspension bridge. The bridge is quite narrow and crossing becomes a little nerve racking when there are several others trying to cross at the same time. The view from the middle of the bridge is breathtaking!
  • Check out the latest in fashion and style at Park Royal. Or choose to window shop in the boutiques in Ambleside Village.
  • Pack a picnic and head to Lighthouse Park to enjoy the sunset over the Pacific.
  • Must do: Cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge to towering evergreens and cedar-scented rainforest air. Have a Treetops Adventure and cross the seven suspended footbridges which offer views 100 feet above the forest floor. Or do the Cliffwalk, a heart-stopping  journey through the rainforest on a series of unobtrusive cantilevered and suspended walkways jutting out from the granite cliff face above the Capilano River.
  • Must see: The view of beautiful Vancouver from Grouse Mountain. Take the gondola up the mountain and enjoy all that the mountain has to offer. Go ziplining or have breakfast with the resident grizzlies!

walk through The Rainforest on the capilano suspension bridge

Dining:

  • The Beachhouse, 150 - 25th Street, West Vancouver - At the foot of West Vancouver's Dundarave Pier is one of the North Shore's most celebrated landmarks. Home of acclaimed West Coast cuisine and award-winning wines, the Beachhouse was just voted as the best North Shore Restaurant.
  • The Little District Roadhouse, 1336 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver - a Southern inspired Roadhouse serving rich food, premium drinks and lively banter. You’ll find a wide range of dishes to satisfy any craving.
  • The Observatory, Grouse Mountain - The Observatory Restaurant showcases the best seasonal ingredients of British Columbia. There is no better place to take in all of the city! (Admission to Grouse Mountain is complimentary with advanced dinner reservations.)

Location: North of downtown, across the Burrard Inlet.