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There are oodles of fun family-friendly events happening across Vancouver’s North Shore this Easter long weekend! Hop on over for these eight fun events happening this Easter weekend!

1. Park Royal Easter Hop Scavenger Hunt

Crack the Easter bunny’s riddles at Park Royal and you could be walking away with prizes from Wholefoods, Indigo, DavidsTea and more!

Park Royal
April 19-22

2. Southern Straits Race

For half a century, the Easter weekend has marked the date of one of the largest events for Pacific Northwest sailing – The Southern Straits Classic Race. Watch the race in a family friendly festival-type atmosphere that offers those on the shore the opportunity to view the competitors up close while enjoying live music and a pancake breakfast.

Dundarave Pier
April 19, 9am

3. Heywood Park Easter Egg Hunt

Kids aged two to nine are invited to hop on over to Heywood Park for some Easter fun. Enjoy face painting, crafts, a bouncy castle and entertainment! And don’t forget your Easter basket for the chocolate egg hunt. The hunt begins at 10:30am sharp.

Heywood Park
April 20, 10am

4. Grouse Mountain Easter Brunch

Grouse Mountain’s annual Easter festivities are a great way to spend time with family. Enjoy a buffet brunch featuring delicious options for all ages plus face painting and an exciting Easter Egg Hunt led by the Easter Bunny!

Grouse Mountain Observatory and Timber Room
April 21, Seatings at 9.30am & 2pm

5. Easter at Lonsdale Quay Market

The Easter Bunny and the Market’s annual Easter egg hunt are back! Children can search for different coloured Easter eggs at Retail Level stores. Once five eggs are collected, they can redeem them for a treat bag! Treat bags will include goodies from Perform Art Studios and Cobs Bread (while supplies last). The Market will also be offering Easter crafts, face painting and balloon twisting by the kids play area. A fun day for all the family!

Lonsdale Quay Market
April 21, 10am-12pm

6. Easter Sunday Brunch

Let the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier do the cooking and cleaning while you enjoy a nice brunch in the ballroom with the family and friends! The buffest include fresh baked goods, an omelette station, breakfast classics like quiche and pancakes, and hot lunch dishes.

Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier
April 21, 11am-2pm

7. Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

Join the Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions Club for their annual Easter Egg Hunt at John Lawson Park. The hunt is at 11 a.m. sharp—don’t be late or you’ll miss out on all the fun!

John Lawson Park
April 21, 11am

8. Lynn Valley Life Easter Egg Hunt

The annual FREE family Easter Egg Hunt at Viewlynn Park has prizes, plenty of eggs to find and lots of family fun including face painting, balloon twisting and even a visit from the Easter bunny!

Viewlynn Park
Aprill 22, 10am

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Vancouver’s North Shore’s mountain backdrop means that the slopes of our three ski resorts and their accompanying eateries have some of the best views in the region. After a hard day of winter recreation whether skiing, snowboarding, tubing, or snowshoeing you’ll appreciate warming up those cold fingers and indulging in a good meal at one of these mountain after-party spots.

Remember, it’s called après ski for a reason! Don’t sip and ski!

1. Altitudes Bistro – Grouse Mountain Resort

 

Altitudes Bistro, located right in the Grouse Mountain Resort is the place to be after a long day on the slopes. The bistro is on the mountainside 3,700 ft above the Lower Mainland and so has outstanding views to take in as you indulge. The chilled atmosphere is perfect for warming up in cozy armchairs by the fireside with friends, and the menu is built for sharing with dishes like GIGANTIC Mountain Nachos and Szechuan Chicken Wraps.  

2. The Observatory – Grouse Mountain Resort

 

If you’re looking for something a bit more upscale, Altitude’s sophisticated sister is The Observatory. The Observatory takes fine dining to new heights on the Peak of Vancouver. The five-star dining menus include fresh, regional produce in dishes with a West Coast theme. The menu is a little more expensive but your trip up Grouse Mountain is free when reserving at The Observatory in advance.

3. Crazy Raven Bar – Cypress Mountain Resort

  For a lively après ski session there is no better place to be than the Crazy Raven. You’ll find the fully licensed bar stocked with local craft beers on the second floor of the Cypress Creek Lodge. There’s live music and events throughout the season to keep that mountain high going!    

4. Hollyburn Lodge – Cypress Mountain Resort

 

Nestled in the middle of the Cypress Mountain cross-country ski trails is the newly re-opened Hollyburn Lodge. Along with their menu of evening appies, delicious burgers, and beer and wines you’ll find a weekly schedule of live music sessions. You can also enjoy fondue dinners here as part of the resort’s Snowshoe Fondue tours.

5. The Rock Chute Bar & Grill – Mt Seymour Resort

Come inside and refuel at the Rock Chute Bar & Grill at Three Peaks Lodge in the Mt Seymour Resort. You’ll find a classic mountain après ski bar with a menu full of ‘stretchy pant’ comfort food like poutine, beef dip, and loaded tater tots made to be shared as you relive the day with friends.

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The North Shore is the perfect place to round up the family and spend some quality time for the BC Family Day long weekend. You will find activities to suit everyone from active adventures to educational encounters.

1. Family Ski Trip

Hit the slopes on a family ski trip! The North Shore’s three top-class mountain resorts: Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain, and Mt Seymour offer ski and snowboarding terrains for families of all levels. Best of all, during the Family Day long weekend you can access a number of discounts. Cypress Mountain Resort is offering a weekend full of family fun!, Mt Seymour is offering free kids lift tickets with any paying adult after 2.30pm all weekend, and Grouse Mountain has a day of activities including a pancake breakfast, live music, roving ice characters, and complimentary snow show tours.

2. Family Day Market

Go local and experience the best in B.C. produce with Family Day Weekend at Lonsdale Quay Market. The Lonsdale Quay Market not only has beautiful views of downtown Vancouver from it’s location on the water, but also offers a selection of over 80 speciality shops and services including a brewery, fresh produce market, and international food court. The day features an interactive petting zoo, fun crafts in kids corner, and appearance from Spiderman and Tinkerbell! Don’t miss their kids shops with options for toys and clothes, or the play areas located on the Retail Level.

3. Free Family Fun

Get all the family moving with a free day of classes at West Vancouver Community Centre. Classes include Qi Gong Demos, K-Pop Dancing, Arts & Crafts, and a family skate! If classes aren’t your thing, you can take a dip in the pool at the aquatic centre, or check out some of the public art on display.

4. Family Day Amongst the Treetops

Capilano Suspension Bridge is a great place to “hang out” over the long weekend. The famous swinging bridge welcomes over 800,000 visitors every year who come to see, not only the bridge but, the Cliffwalk, Treetops Adventure, Story Centre, Kia’palano, and Living Forest. For Family Day Weekend only, BC residents receive a family annual pass valid for two adults and one or two children (6-16 years) for the price of $99* plus GST!

Make a weekend of it with our North Vancouver hotel special offers.

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Vancouver’s North Shore mountains are a hiker’s paradise in summer, but when the winter snow sets in you can still get out on the trails – just grab a pair of snowshoes. You don’t need any special skills to get started. If you can walk, you can snowshoe! There are lots of snowshoe trails to explore on the North Shore, but here are a few beginner friendly ones, perfect for your first trip on snowshoes.

Grouse Mountain Trails

Take the gondola up to Grouse Mountain for easy access to a winter wonderland. Access to the network of snowshoe trails is included with your gondola ticket. The flat and easy Blue Grouse Loop takes about 30 minutes. Try to go at night to experience the beautiful light displays, complete with a light up tunnel!

If you want something a bit more challenging, take on the Snowshoe Grind. This is the winter counterpart to the famous Grouse Grind hike, but thankfully its not quite as steep or difficult. This moderate trail takes about 1.5 hours to complete as it climbs up to a viewpoint above the ski hill.

Dog Mountain

This trail is located in Mount Seymour Provincial Park right next to the Mount Seymour ski hill. There are no fees for this snowshoe trail – it’s totally free. You can find the trailhead at the end of the parking lot just to the left of the ski run. It will take you 2-2.5 hours to snowshoe this trail through rolling terrain with a couple of short hills. When you pass tiny First Lake, you’ve reached the halfway point. Your turnaround point is open summit of Dog Mountain with great views of downtown Vancouver. It’s a great spot for photos. On a clear day you can see all the way to Vancouver Island.

Discovery Snowshoe Trails at Mount Seymour

Mount Seymour resorts maintains a network of trails just down the hill from the lodge. You’ll need to pick up and pay for a trail pass before you head out. There are a few different routes to choose from and they all loop around a set of pretty little lakes. Depending on what route you choose, it will take you 1-3 hours to snowshoe the trails. It’s a downhill hike to the lakes, and then the loops around the lakes are flat and easy. But remember to save some energy for the end since you’ll have to hike back up the hill to the lodge at the end!

Bowen Lookout

Most of the North Shore trails take you to views over the city, but this one gives you something a bit different: a view over the ocean fjord of Howe Sound. The trail is in Cypress Provincial Park and is free to snowshoe, but you’ll start from the downhill ski base at Cypress Mountain resort. Pick up a free backcountry pass at the old day lodge in the parking lot to get permission to snowshoe through the resort. Once you cross the ski run, the trail it meanders through meadows next to frozen Yew Lake. Next, it climbs steeply up a few switchbacks before a short descent to the lookout. You’ll get a great view over to the Sunshine Coast, Bowen Island and the deep waters of Howe Sound. It’s especially beautiful at sunset, but make sure to bring a flashlight (and extra batteries) for the trip down. This trail will take 1.5-2 hours to complete.

Nordic Area Trails at Cypress Mountain

Cypress Mountain has an extensive network of cross-country ski trails and interwoven into that network is a set of snowshoe trails. Head to the Nordic parking area at Cypress to pick up and pay for a trail pass. Be sure to grab a map too since there are lots of trails to choose from and it can be easy to get turned around. There are a few flat trails near the parking area and the Hollyburn Lodge, but many of the trails are a bit hillier. Depending on the route you choose, it will take you 1-5 hours to snowshoe these trails. Be sure to stop in at the new Hollyburn Lodge for a hot chocolate break.

Tips for Beginner Snowshoers

Before you head out on your first snowshoe trip, make sure you are prepared. Tell someone where you are going and when you’ll be back. This info could save your life if you get into trouble! Find an adventure buddy to go with, since there’s safety in numbers. And if you want a friendly introduction to the sport, all three of the North Shore ski resorts offer guided snowshoe outings and tours.

Wear warm and waterproof clothing since it’s chilly in the mountains. (Here’s a complete guide on what to wear snowshoeing from hats to coats to boots). You’ll also need some gear to keep you safe. North Shore Rescue (our local Search and Rescue team) recommends that you bring the 10 essentials on every trip, so bring along a backpack to carry your safety gear. I also like to bring a thermos with some hot chocolate for a summit celebration.

And of course, you’ll need snowshoes. You can rent them at the three North Shore ski resorts or at local gear shops like MEC. Some rentals also come with ski poles, which can be helpful for balance.

Have fun out there! Snowshoeing is an easy way to get into the mountains in the winter and I’m sure you’ll love it. Once you’ve ticked these beginner snowshoe trails off your list, check out the Ultimate Guide to Snowshoeing in Vancouver for a list of all the local trails on the North Shore.

Bio: Taryn Eyton is a Vancouver-based hiker, adventure traveller and blogger. You can find her on the trails of Vancouver’s North Shore on weeknights and camping in the backcountry of Southwestern B.C. on weekends. Follow Taryn’s adventures at HappiestOutdoors.ca.

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If you’re looking for Christmas gifts that are more from-the-heart than cookie cutter, Vancouver’s North Shore is the place to shop! Known for a vibrant arts scene, there are a wealth of art galleries and independent stores to buy local, handmade, and one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends and family this Christmas.

Here are our recommendations of where to look for unique gifts.
 

The Ferry Building Gallery

 
The Ferry Building Gallery is a beauty to see in itself as West Vancouver’s first heritage buildings. The Gallery supports emerging and established North Shore artists throughout the year by hosting their exhibitions, but through mid-November to December it becomes a gift shopping destination at their Great Gifts exhibition! Shop unique gifts including fine artwork, crafts, and handmade items from local artists.        

 
 

Zing Paperie & Design

   

Zing Paperie & Design is a cute and airy stationery shop located in The Village at Park Royal. In the boutique you’ll find designer cards, paper goods, and treasures from designers around the world.

 
 

The Polygon Gallery

 

 
The Polygon Shop offers a carefully selected range of products informed by the photographic sphere, in addition to design-focused homeware, jewelry, and gifts. Products are crafted by individual makers and collectives local to Vancouver and the North Shore, and sit alongside established international brands. Best of all, when you purchase from The Polygon Shop you are supporting the gallery’s exhibitions and programs. Gallery members get 10% off their purchase!

A’hoy

 

 
 A’hoy is an effortlessly cool shop with Pacific North West vibes in the picturesque village of Deep Cove. Inside you’ll find Vancouver brands gone big like Herschel and Reigning Champ. But, for something really unique check out their own brand A’hoy Goods, a range of shirts, caps, and drinking vessels that represent their hometown of Deep Cove and the North Shore.  

 
 

Giftworks Boutique

 
 
Giftworks in Edgemont Village are proud to have a gift for every occasion! Inside you’ll find locally-made pottery, art-glass, jewellery, specialty baby items, gourmet foods, paintings, and cards from local and Canadian artisans.
 
 

Still have people to buy for on your list? Try out our one-day shopping itinerary.

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Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week, this year running October 19-26, is a celebration of our region’s beer. The events are mainly created and managed by the breweries themselves, leaving you to get a real experience of the breweries, how they brew, and their personality!

Browse the Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week calendar to see if your favourite brewery is hosting an event or check out our highlights below.

1. Black Kettle’s Beer Pairing Dinner

You get a real feel for the North Vancouver community at the super-friendly Black Kettle Brewing. Not only are they famous for their delicious beers but the food is just as good. To celebrate VNSCBW Black Kettle Brewing are hosting a special beer-pairing dinner on Tuesday, October 23. Your ticket includes a dinner of Kentucky Common Marinated Wings, IPA Beer Batter Fish, Bratwurst with Blonde Mustard, Cabbage Slaw with a Session Ale Vinaigrette, and of course and a flight of perfect-pairing beers.. Tickets are limited to 40 so early booking is recommended by visiting the bar or calling 604-537-8959.

2. One Year of Beere

Last year, the North Shore’s newest brewery – Beere Brewing opened up just in time for the first ever Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week. This year, they celebrate their birthday with a party on Saturday October 20! Enjoy food, music, balloons, and unique beers.

3. The 2nd Annual Shipyards Brewery Battle

Come out  to Tap & Barrel Shipyards and support your favourite North Shore brewery! They’re tapping special kegs from 7 local breweries – the first to run dry will be crowned the winner of this year’s Brewery Battle and awarded a secured tap at Shipyards. The 7 select beers will be on special for $5 (20oz) & $2 (5oz) until they run out.

4. Cask Night at Bridge Brewing

Bridge Brewing’s name has spread far and wide for their award-winning beers. Get a taste of this special cask at their Cask Night starting at 4pm on October 26, closing Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week. While you are there, try the North Shore Collab Brew created with many of the North Shore breweries in celebration of VNSCBW.

5. Sunday Sessions at Deep Cove Brewers + Distillers

End the week on a high note with breakfast and live music at Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers. Deep Cove are the only brewery on the North Shore which also creates craft spirits in it’s distillery! Grab a breakfast skillet and radler or mimosa for only $15!

6. Hearthstone Happy Hour

Hearthstone Brewery and Tap & Forno offers not only quality craft beers but delicious food baked al forno. Join them for Happy Hour throughout the week when you can get sleeves for $5, a delicious selection of appies for under $10 and pizzas under $15.

7. North Shore Brewery Tour

Learn how the beer is made as you’re chauffeured between three North Shore breweries, into the tasting rooms gaining an exclusive behind the scenes tours in one of the great local venues. Samples are organized for you in each brewery and you will be educated on the unique tasting profile of each beer.

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This October 19-26 the annual Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week returns for its second year of craft beer celebrations! To kickoff the festival of special casks, beer-pairing dinners, and brewery battles we are having a launch party on October 19th that you will NOT want to miss.

What’s happening at the #VNSCBW Launch Party? Live Music!

 
There will be live music all evening thanks to our friends and sponsors at Musos Entertainment. Come down and check out local artists Evan Kennedy and the Sean Michael Trio who will have you on your feet all night!

Food Trucks and Vendors!

Enjoy tasty bites including BBQ and tacos from the famous Tacofino food truck. Also there will be the North Shore’s very own Welcome Parlour serving up their newest creation – Belgium Waffle Sundaes!

Photo Booth!


 
Take a virtual tour through Vancouver’s North Shore hotspots and get a keepsake of your evening at our photobooth.

Cornhole and Prizing!

Take a break from sampling to have a go at Kybe Electrical Contracting’s cornhole game or stop by the Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism Association stand to enter to win top prizes.

Free Parking!

Take an Evo to the Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week Launch Party and leave yourself free to get a safe taxi home. Drop off at the designated Evo space at 72 St Georges Ave for free parking all evening. As a bonus, Evo is providing FREE Membership + 30 FREE driving minutes to VNSCBW attendees.

Craft Beer!

Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week Launch Party features five of the North Shore’s breweries and even features three breweries that are “coming soon”. Try the North Shore Collab Brew or sample the best North Shore pours from:

Tickets

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 on the door while still available. All tickets include a keepsake VNSCBW taster mug to use within the event. Drinks tokens will be on sale onsite for 5 for $10. Each 5oz taster is one token.

Buy your tickets now.

Date: 19th October
Time: 5.30pm-10pm (Entry from 5pm available to presale ticket holders)
Place: Pipe Shop, Lower Lonsdale

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There is no better place to see the spectacle of salmon season than Vancouver’s North Shore. From Fall to Winter you can watch the magnificence of this pink-hued fish jumping and swimming upstream. But, there are so many ways to learn about, see, and taste this legendary fish! Why not plan a weekend with salmon theme to catch this epic event, or try one of these activities below:

1. Capilano Salmon Hatchery

A popular FREE attraction, the Capilano Salmon Hatchery hosts 400,000 visitors every year. Visitors flock to the hatchery to learn about the lifecycle of our local fishy friends, and see salmon in the Fishway where they jump from one pool to the next.

2. Coho Festival

The Coho Festival is held every September at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. The festival promotes ways to protect and preserve our environment while celebrating the miracle of salmon returning to North Shore rivers and streams. Join the celebration this September 9th with the live entertainment, Coho kids area, and the famous Salmon BBQ.

3. Salmon Fishing

Within 20 minutes of West Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay you can find a variety of fishing spots where at the right time of year you can find Chinook, Coho, Pinks, and Sockeye salmon. To find the best fishing locations, take a guided fishing charter from Sewell’s Marina with an experienced guide who knows the area like the back of their hand!

4. Eat a Fresh Salmon Dinner

There are many places to try fresh, local salmon on the North Shore but the Salmon House on the Hill has to be one of the most unique. Enjoy indigenous West Coast cuisine of wild sockeye salmon, in a variety of ways, while sitting in the   window-wrapped dining room that offers an unparalleled view of Vancouver and Burrard Inlet.

5. Take a Spawning Salmon Tour

Takaya Tours, owned by Tsleil-Waututh Nation, offer a spawning salmon tour from mid-August to mid November. The trained guides will take you for a salmon experience you will never forget. You will be led through the ancestral trails along the Indian Arm River banks where the fish pools are while taking in local wildlife and hearing about the sacred and respected fish and the West Coast First Nations of British Columbia.

Book your salmon-themed weekend away by discover our accommodation special offers.

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Image credit: @poli_gone Summer is a busy time of year on Vancouver’s North Shore. If you’re looking for fun ways to fill out your schedule, look no further than this list! We’ve got plenty of summer festivals, farmer’s markets, outdoor music, water activities, world-class attractions, foodie finds, and outdoor adventures to help create your summer bucket list.

1. Enjoy the sights and sounds of summer at Lonsdale Quay’s Summerfest. Head down to the Quay for salsa dancing, yoga on the pier, fitness classes, kid’s yoga, live music, a kids extravaganza, and outdoor movies all summer long.

2. Water slides are an essential part of summer and we’ve got a 1,000 ft one at Slide the City Festival!

3. Cool down with craft all natural ice cream in flavours like Cracked Salted Caramel and Birthday Cake from Welcome Parlour.

4. Get that sky high feeling at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

5. Check out the ultra-new aerial ropes adventure opening August 2018 at Grouse Mountain.

6. Quench that first with an icy cold craft beer while exploring the Vancouver’s North Shore Ale Trail.

7. Make the most of patio season with some outdoor dining with our list of top north shore patios.

8. Enjoy free live music ranging from Disco Funk to Latin Dance in the picturesque setting of Edgemont Village at Live & Local.

9. Make the most of the air conditioning and shop ’til you drop at Park Royal mall.

10. Take a tip in the glacier pools of the North Shore’s swimming holes.

11. Tackle the legendary North Shore mountain biking trails with a guided tour from Endless Biking.

12. Test your fitness to the limit by taking the 2,830 stairs of the Grouse Grind trail.

13. Discover local wildlife by bird watching at the Maplewood Conservation Area.

14. Pick up fresh local fruits and veggies in abundance at the Lower Lonsdale & Ambleside Farmer’s Markets.

15. Get a behind-the-scenes peak at spectacular and contemporary Mid Century modern homes perched on the rocky slopes of West Vancouver on the 13th Annual West Coast Modern Home Tour presented by British Pacific Properties.

16. Check out the view from the Burrard Dry Dock Pier and splash your toes in the new feature at the Foot of Lonsdale.

17. Find out if bigger is better by trying out Raglan’s fishbowl cocktail menu. 18. Soar like an eagle at high speeds through our back yard on a Sewell’s Marina Sea Safari. Cruise along the water’s surface, spending the day surrounded by BC’s unique Coastal Mountains, taking pictures with seals bathing in the sun, or cruising through the waves on our natural roller coaster. 19. Purchase Aboriginal arts & crafts, feast on a traditional salmon BBQ, and watch the contest Powwow at the 31st Annual Squamish Nation Powwow. 20. DO go chasing waterfalls at Norvan Falls at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. 21. Cool down with a cool treat. See if you can eat your way through our ice cream bucket list. 22. Rock out at Vancouver’s largest rock festival Rock Ambleside Park, featuring Loverboy, Trooper, and Nazerath. 23. Go for a stroll along West Vancouver’s Centennial Seawalk and take in the scenic views of the Burrard Inlet.

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24. Grab your friends for some group stand-up paddle boarding fun on Deep Cove Kayak’s Starship! 25. The Summer Sessions is back for another great season of live music performances, artisan market, and party atmosphere at The Shipyards. 26. Experienced hikers can hike the whole of the 42km Baden Powell Trail, stretching the whole of the North Shore from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove. 27. Forget about your summer bod at celebrity’s favourite Honey’s Doughnuts in Deep Cove. 28. Take on a jam-packed ten days of arts, culture, and food at the Harmony Arts Festival. 29. There’s no better way to spend a hot day than hosing down with the more than 20 pieces of spray equipment at Mahon Spray Park. 30. New for summer 2018 is Grouse Mountain’s Scenic Mountain Biking Trails. Perfect for beginners to mountain biking they offer two highly approachable and well-marked trails – the perfect way to breathe in the fresh air and take in the amazing mountain landscape. 31. Slurp down a fresh and healthy juice while swinging from Buddha-Full Northwoods swings. 32. North Vancouver’s Rice Lake offers a unique “urban wilderness” for you to do some dock or shore fishing. 33.  Take in some FREE family-friendly movies like Labyrinth and Coco at Outdoor Movies in the Plaza. 34. Feast on food trucks, artisan stalls, and live entertainment every Friday all summer at the Shipyards Night Market. 35. Pack your towel and floatie for a day of seaside fun at Ambleside Beach. 36. Get some R&R with a pampering spa day at Paradise Spa located at Holiday Inn North Vancouver. 37. Zoom through the air at up to 80 km/ph on the Grouse Mountain dual-circuit ziplines. 38. Take the kids to play out at the John Lawson Park splash park and playground featuring a pirate ship, a train, and lots of other fun and modern equipment to play on!

39. Chill out with views of the ferries coming and going while munching on fish and chips at Horseshoe Bay.

40. Get up close and personal with local wildlife on a Snorkel and Kayak excursion to Howe Sound, departing from Horseshoe Bay.

41. Tap & Barrel Lower Lonsdale’s sprawling 240 seat patio is the ultimate destination for dining al fresco. Did you know the patio is home to BC’s largest and only outdoor bar?!

42. Explore Vancouver’s North Shore’s unique and interesting neighbourhoods using our itinerary.

43. Be a true North Shore explorer on one of our many hiking trails. There’s something for all abilities!

44. Hit the open waters, gliding through the waves, by renting a boat for the day.

45. Pack up a picnic and take it to one of our many beautiful parks.

46. August is Salmon Season so get over to the Capilano Salmon Hatchery to learn about the fish lifecycle and watch the fish ladder, where you can see how salmon climb the fish ladders by jumping from one pool to the next.

47. The North Shore’s newest gallery – The Polygon offers inspiring photography and media-based art exhibitions. Throughout the summer they run Kids First Saturdays for hands on creative activities for your little artists-in-the-making.

48. Get messy at 4Cats Art Studio in Edgemont Village! Sign up for arts and crafts workshops such as creating clay panda planters, painting Monet’s Garden, and Splatta Your Bestie paint splatter fun.

49. The fun doesn’t end when the snow melts on Cypress Mountain. Get ready to try Geocaching! Explore the mountain’s hiking trails while trying to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS, players can then share their experiences online.

50. Vancouver’s North Shore has many amazing fishing holes, just minutes from our docks. Find the best spots on a fishing charter with Sewell’s Marina.

51. Join in on B.C.’s largest Caribbean celebration at the Caribbean Days Festival. Have fun with a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer.

52. Say hi to our friends over on Bowen Island with a easy and fun-filled day trip. Bowen Island is an idyllic destination of artist studios, boutique shops, and delicious restaurants, just a 20 minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.

53. The best of British Columbia is found in summer at the Peak of Vancouver on Grouse Mountain. Take the Skyride to the top of the mountain and get a feast for the senses with the World Famous Lumberjack Show, Mountain Biking, Grizzly Bears & Wildlife Shows, the Eye of the Wind and Guided Eco Walks.

54. Learn about First Nations culture at Kia’palano with a free guided tour (with ticket purchase) at Capilano Suspension Bridge.

55. Enjoy candied salmon, brie & pear pizza, meatloaf, local BC wines, calamari, craft beer, gluten-free goodies, freshly baked brownies and more on a North Van “LoLo” Food Tour.

56. Get down to talented young talent at the Cates Park Concerts. The concerts are completely free but a CD of the artists performing is available with all proceeds going to those who performed.

57. Take in the beautiful West Coast sunset while walking over the legendary Lions Gate Bridge.

58. Chow down on seasonal, local food including wild sockeye salmon and AAA Canadian Beef Tenderloin at Salmon House at the Hill.  

59. Climb the BIG Q and take in the views of Downtown Vancouver at Lonsdale Quay Market!

60. Glide through the serene waters of Deep Cove and the Indian Arm in a kayak from Deep Cove Kayak.

61. Get your OM on with Grouse Mountain and YYoga. Head up to the peak and get a complimentary 60 minute outdoor yoga class on Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer.

62.  Did you know that the North Shore is home to TWO suspension bridges? Check out the smaller of the two at Lynn Canyon. Public transport is recommended as parking is limited.

63. Talk and walk with the animals, including sheep, goats, and ducks at Maplewood Farm.

64. NEW to Vancouver. Try out the hop on hop off ticket with Pacific Ferries and travel straight from Granville Island to Lonsdale Quay!

65. A fun and FREE way to explore! Try out our Public Art Trail to visit some of the best public artworks in North and West Vancouver.

66. Go green… discover some of the most beautiful golf courses in the greater Vancouver area.

67. Dance to the big band, watch the children’s parade and take in local artisans, children’s entertainment and food trucks at Deep Cove Daze.

68. Join Shipyard Pals Sal and Sam on a story-filled walk of Lower Lonsdale’s Shipyards as they regale you with tales of what was at one point the largest Shipyards in Westen Canada.

69. Purchase everything you could possibly need for a picnic from homemade kombucha and fresh fruit and veggies, to charcuterie boards and make-you-own salad bowls at Lonsdale Quay Market.

70. Bring your lawn chair and secure a spot for watching the free live music at Live & Local Lynn Valley.

71. Work those core muscles while taking in the beauty of Deep Cove by trying out stand-up paddle boarding!

72. Meet other hikers, music-lovers and beer enthusiasts on the sky deck at Grouse Mountain for live music on Fridays Nights as part of the Summer Music Series.

73. Enjoy the magnificent scenery in Howe Sound – the southernmost fjord in North America – from a sunset cruise. Toast the sunset with a glass of bubbly, as the sun drops into the Salish Sea,

74. The summer holidays are for discovery! Find out more about one of West Vancouver’s most famous artists at his namesake gallery – The Gordon Smith Gallery.

75. Take a dip in the high-tech, low-chlorine pool at West Vancouver Aquatic Centre.

76. Polish up that green thumb and see how many different plants you can identify at the themed gardens at Park & Tilford.

77. Shelter from the sun under the old growth Fir trees while on your way to the national heritage site of Point Atkinson Lighthouse at Lighthouse Park.

78. Join the other picnicers, hikers, and divers by the cliffs at Whytecliff Park. Whatever activity you are doing, don’t forget to take a moment to take in those views of Howe Sound and Bowen Island.

79. Prepare for your own personal photo shoot with our list of Most Instagrammable Spots on the North Shore.

80. Re-introduce the kids to a simpler, more connected way of life at a Mount Seymour Eco Adventure Camp. Your kids will come home tired, muddy, and brimming with exciting stories from the nature-filled day!

81. Walk, bike, or roller skate your way along the varied North Shore Spirit Trail.

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Dress in your Canadian best and celebrate Canada Day on the North Shore with these FREE events:

Canada Day at Waterfront Park

Celebrate Canada Day by having loads of fun and eating amazing food at this free event hosted by the Rotary Club of Lions Gate! The festivities will take place at Waterfront Park from noon to 4:00 p.m. and will include an array of local performers, multicultural food, free cupcakes, and on-site entertainment ranging from balloon artists and a fire juggler to bouncy castles and a 24’ high climbing wall, this event is sure to be fun for the whole family!

North Shore Canada Day Parade

Prior to the celebrations at Waterfront Park, North Vancouver also has a parade which takes place from 10 am until noon. The parade goes along 13th Street from Grand Boulevard before heading down 17th Street via Lonsdale Avenue to Mahon Park. It’s a small community-style parade, but lots of fun, especially for young children.

West Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations

Dress up in our national colours and join us at John Lawson Park. Bring your own picnic or enjoy a selection from our food vendors while watching live entertainment on the Great Canadian Stage from 4.30pm-10.30pm. The big finale will be a 20 minute fireworks display.

Canada Day at the Peak of Vancouver

Celebrate Canada Day with Grouse Mountain! Wear your red and white, wave the Canadian flag with pride, and enjoy all of the uniquely British Columbian activities the mountain has to offer. Special to Canada Day there will be live music, outdoor yoga, BBQ, and the chance to meet a mountie!

Canada Day at Lonsdale Quay Market

Canada Day has never looked so good! Enjoy live music from 1pm-5pm on the South Waterfront Plaza with Five Star Motel and VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir! Then, catch the fireworks display light up the sky at 10 pm with a waterfront view! They will also be giving out Canada Day flags throughout the day, and having a Face painter set up in the South Plaza from 12pm-5pm.

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