Vancouver’s North Shore is more than just a spectacular backdrop for one of the world’s most scenic cities. It’s teeming with life, wild and urban, and the possibilities of what to do with your time here are endless. This is an official blog for Vancouver's North Shore Tourism.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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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’sSummerfest. 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.
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.
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.
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!
Enjoy that beautiful food, beer and wine while basking in glorious sunshine or huddle up at night around a fire pit. Let patio season commence!
Here are our top North Shore patios:
1. Earls Ambleside
The new kid on the block is offering a lot in terms of patio eating! Earls, one of British Columbia’s most popular restaurant chains has now opened their new location in Ambleside, and when dining on the patio you won’t need to leave your seat to watch the waves! Address: 1375 Bellevue Ave, West Vancouver Website:earls.ca
2. Arms Reach Bistro
Arms Reach Bistro in Deep Cove is not only an award-winning restaurant, but the owner of an award-winning patio too! OpenTable awarded them as having one of the best outdoor dining restaurants in the whole of Canada due to its beautiful views over the cove.
Tap & Barrel Shipyards is the chain’s flagship location and is located in the heart of the Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood. The location recently opened a renovated 240 seat patio that also holds B.C.’s first year-round outdoor bar! The space offers a first of its kind full-service outdoor bar, featuring an impressive 52 taps of B.C. craft brews, cider, and wine. Visit year-round to enjoy sunny patio drinks or gather around their fire pit. Address: 3 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver Website:tapandbarrel.com
4. Pier 7
Pier 7 is renowned for their spectacular patio looking over the Burrard Inlet. The restaurant is a romantic date spot serving fresh seafood with some of the best views of Downtown Vancouver.
Address: 25 Wallace Mews Road, North Vancouver Website: pierseven.ca
5. Altitudes Bistro
This patio involves a bit more effort, as it is located on top of a mountain, but these views are going to be worth it! Located within the Grouse Mountain Resort, you need to take the skyride up to the top to reach the casual dining fare and relaxed outdoor atmosphere at Altitudes.
Vancouver’s North Shore is a beautiful place. From our mountain peaks, to our lush forests, and unique neighbourhoods there is something for everyone…and it all makes for a great Instagram backdrop! Here are eight places for you to update your feed with. No filter needed.
1. Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
The Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge is one of two suspension bridges on Vancouver’s North Shore (the other being Capilano Suspension Bridge) but they both offer very different experiences. Lynn Canyon suspension bridge is a 40 metres long wooden plank bridge originally built in 1912. Just wide enough for two people to pass each other it offers a rustic and jiggling adventure 50 metres above the beautiful river of Lynn Creek. Visit the charming End of the Line General Store after for coffee or lunch or to pick up some local souvenirs!
2. Grouse Mountain
Grouse Mountain is the North Shore’s year round playground, and it also offers amazing year round photo opportunities too. The views from the top stretch for miles and offer a wonderful experience whether you have just climbed the Grouse Grind in the summer, rode the skyride up to summer activities like the lumberjack show, bird demonstrations, or to see the bears, or you set your photo up with a winter snow scene while visiting for snowshoeing, skiing, or snowboarding.
For a truly unforgettable experience on Grouse try the mountain zip line where you speed through the air at up to 80km per hour!
3. Fun Alley
Lower Lonsdale’s Fun Alley mural provides the perfect backdrop for your Instagram photos! The brightly designed mural lives up to it’s name! After taking your new profile pic stop at Buddhaful next door for equally brightly coloured smoothies and acai bowls!
4. Whytecliff Park
If you want #WestCoast vibes for your photos Whytecliff Park is the place for you. This beautiful corner of Howe Sound has a rugged coastline and spectacular views of colourful mountains and passing boats. If you visit at low tide you can make the hike to Whyte Island – an Instagram favourite.
5. Capilano Suspension Bridge
Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the North Shore’s most popular attractions and for good reason! It’s a must-see when visiting Vancouver as it offers visitors a unique mix of adventure, history and culture as well as a dozen different places to take like-worthy Instagram pics. Enjoy the thrill of walking across the 137 metre long bridge suspended 70 metres above the Capilano River.
6. Lonsdale Quay Market
Lonsdale Quay Market is a visual experience in itself, filled with local boutiques, delicious restaurants in the food court, and a brewery, as well as some of the best views of Downtown Vancouver at the front. But, it’s the giant Q that has gotten very used to having its photo taken!
Deep Cove is a beautiful spot and the hike to Quarry Rock rewards you with stunning views of Howe Sound. Although one of the North Shore’s easier hikes, you still need to make sure you are prepared with the right equipment to go into the wilderness.
Lighthouse Park is one of Greater Vancouver’s most beautiful parks, filled with hiking trails and viewpoints. Stand next to giant old-growth douglas firs or visit the impressive Point Atkinson lighthouse, first built in 1912!
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