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The North Shore

North and West Vancouver, collectively known as the North Shore, is directly across from Vancouver’s downtown, located on the foothills of the towering Coast Mountains. The North Shore is best accessed either via the Lions Gate Bridge or on a short SeaBus ride from Waterfront Station Seabus Terminal. The area is perfect for enjoying the great outdoors, with mountain hikes and ocean paddling during the summer, and a host of snowy activities in the winter. Some of the North Shore’s main attractions include Lonsdale Quay’s Public Market, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and Grouse Mountain.

Head over to West Vancouver for a beautiful day spent at Ambleside Beach or Lighthouse Park. Discover the small village of Horseshoe Bay, which is also the BC Ferries Ferry Terminal for access to Bowen Island, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

The North Shore is home to three local four season recreational mountains, making a day exploring the North Shore a must-do on any trip to Vancouver. Welcome to this outdoor paradise!

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Capilano Suspension Bridge
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Grouse Mountain

The North Shore

Grouse Mountain is likely the most famous attraction Vancouver has to offer, and really is a crown jewel of North Vancouver. Ride the mile-long Skyride up the mountain, witness jaw-dropping views from the Eye of the Wind turbine, check out grizzly bears and grey wolves at the refuge for endangered wildlife or take a guided eco-walk to learn about Grouse’s geological history. Top it off with a decadent meal on the mountain’s peak. For those looking to break a sweat, the Grouse Grind is Vancouver's most infamous hike, which is not for the faint hearted. A steap and steady climb straight up the mountain will earn you that delicious beverage when you reach the top!

On route to Grouse Mountain, you'll pass The Capilano Suspension Bridge, a must do Vancouver attraction. Tremble as you cross this 137-metre (450-foot) span teetering 70 metres (230 feet) above the rushing Capilano River. Other “heightened” activities include a Treetop Adventure, which teaches about coastal rainforests, and Cliffwalk, a chain of narrow walkways 91 metres (299 feet) above undisturbed vegetation. Discover and learn the rich history of indigenous peoples of British Columbia.

Another fantastic family stop in North Vancouver include’s Maplewood Farm. This once-working dairy farm is now home to 200 charming domestic animals! Feed the chickens, ducks and bunnies, tour the gardens and take a pony ride. With so much to see and do, Maplewood Farm is an agri-tour you won’t want to miss! ‍
The North Shore is home to three four season mountain playgrounds featuring downhill and cross country skiing in the winter months and sightseeing and downhill mountain biking in the summer months.

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