The North Shore

What It's Like to Live Here

Comprised of the two neighbouring communities of North Vancouver and West Vancouver, the "North Shore" as it is called is a place where you can bask on the beach in the morning, hike forested trails by afternoon and take to the ski slopes while watching the downtown skyline twinkle in the distance.

Find out why North Shore residents are some of the happiest in the Metro Vancouver area

North Vancouver

From Deep Cove to Capilano River and from the water's edge to the top of the slopes of our two ski hills, Grouse Mountain and Seymour Mountain, North Vancouver is comprised of two municipalities. The City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver which surrounds it.

Stats:

Size

Population

Schools

Parks

Income Per Capita

160.76 Square Kilometres

85,395

40 Public Schools +7 Private Schools

Over 45 Parks and Public Green Spaces

$72,662

Fun at the Shipyards

Every Friday night the Shipyards come alive with food trucks, entertainment on the live stages, pop up shops and so much more.

Village Lifestyles

The communities are laid out "village style" meaning everything you need is usually found right in your own neighbourhood. But so much more is in store for you in the next village too!

Shopping

Whatever you need, we've got the goods. From malls to strolls on the street, the local shops, grocery stores, artisan bakeries, clothing stores will keep you in style and in stock.

Recreation

Sailing, skiing, trail running, swimming, hiking, beachcombing or anything else you'd like to do, the North Shore has got it all!

Amuse the Bouche


Voted Best North Shore in Vancouver magazine’s 2017 Restaurant Awards, Café Ça Va (1860 Marine Dr.) is led by Michelin-star chef Alain Rayé and serves elegant French cuisine with a certain joie de vivre.




Enjoy the View


Nestled at the base of Cypress Mountain, the Salmon House on the Hill (2229 Folkestone Way) is your “special dinner with a killer view” destination. A panorama of glass windows faces the ocean and spans the width of the timber-chic restaurant, so you can sip picks from an award-winning wine list (chosen to pair perfectly with the West Coast fare) over sunsets on Burrard Inlet.




Get Wet


Take a break from city life by going on a kayak tour of Ambleside Beach or take an interpretive tour of the North Shore with Talaysay Tours (334 Skawshen Rd.). The tour company focuses on First Nations cultural and eco experiences, and offers other walking and kayak tours around the Burrard Inlet and Deep Cove.




Drop Anchor


Horseshoe Bay’s Olive and Anchor (6148 Bay St.) was an honourable mention for Best North Shore in Vancouver magazine’s 2017 Restaurant Awards and is well worth the trip. Chef Lisa Kim offers a diverse menu—everything from brioche French toast with mascarpone to Korean bibimbap—to accompany the view in this casual location.




Better Than a Gift Shop


Just a 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver in picturesque Horseshoe Bay lies the Spirit Gallery (6408 Bay St.), which showcases and sells First Nations bentwood boxes, carvings, jewellery and prints by notables such as Musqueam artist Susan Point.




Sweet Surrender


Born in Dundarave, Temper Chocolate and Pastry’s (2409 Marine Dr.) chef Steven Hodge has earned his place among chocolatiers by working with star-status chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Vancouver’s own Thomas Haas. Visit the mod marble-forward shop any day of the week for a chocolate- or pastry-laden pick-me-up.




Hit the Market


Every Sunday, the Ambleside Artisan Farmers’ Market (1000 Argyle Ave.) features vendors armed with everything from farm-fresh vegetables to tipples to crafts. After you’ve wandered (or eaten) your way through the market, head to the nearby park and beach at Ambleside to round out a day of relaxation.




Let's Do Brunch


Feast Dining (2423 Marine Dr.) is West Vancouver’s self-proclaimed neighbourhood table—and it has the rustic-farmhouse, down-to-earth decor to match. Stop by for brunch, lunch or dinner for time-honoured favourites like chicken and waffles, or treat yourself to happy hour’s $5 drink specials of wine and/or bubbles.




Call of the Wild


For a taste of the wilderness right in the city, visit Cypress Falls Park (find a parking lot and trail entrance near 4698 Woodgreen Pl.). The park’s low elevation makes it an excellent snow-free pick for a hike year-round. It’s dog friendly, easy to reach by public transit and features a gentle three-kilometre hike round-trip to get the blood flowing.




Go Fish!


Take to the water to discover the history and wildlife of Howe Sound with Sewell’s Marina (6409 Bay St.). Whether you explore one of North America’s southernmost fjords by guided sea safari, private boat rental or chartered fishing boat, you’ll spend the day getting to know a new side of Vancouver’s backyard (life jacket required).





Top ten things families love about living in North Vancouver

North Vancouver is widely regarded as one of the safest, cleanest and most beautiful places to live in Canada. It’s also one of the most family-friendly cities in British Columbia, and that’s why, for this post, I decided to poll 25 families to get their perspective on what makes North Van so special.

Here are the most popular answers (in no particular order).

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West Vancouver

From Capilano River to Lion's Bay, West Vancouver is certainly one of the most beautiful places to live. If you love the outdoors, everything is accessible to you within a few minutes drive. Just like North Vancouver, West Vancouver has a vibrant village lifestyle, some incredible shopping and dining experiences await you in this stunning seaside municipality not to forget enjoying a day starting at Ambleside Beach and ending on the slopes of West Van's own Cypress Bowl Ski Hill.

Stats:

Size

Population

Schools

Parks

Income Per Capita

87.26 Square Kilometres

45,437

15 Public Schools +5 Private Schools

Over 10 Parks and Public Green Spaces

$107,000

Stroll the
West Van Sea Wall

This incredible stroll will take you from Dundarave Village, past Ambleside Beach, all the way to the excellent shopping at Park Royal Village and Mall.

Village Lifestyles

Just like North Vancouver, communities are laid out "village style" meaning everything you need is usually found right in your own neighbourhood. But so much more is in store for you in the next village too!

Shopping

West Vancouver has some of the best shopping in Vancouver. From Park Royal to strolls on the street, the local shops, grocery stores, artisan bakeries, clothing stores will keep you in style and in stock.

Recreation

Just like North Vancouver, you can do anything here! Sailing, skiing, trail running, swimming, hiking, beachcombing or anything else you'd like to do, the North Shore has got it all!

Amuse the Bouche


Voted Best North Shore in Vancouver magazine’s 2017 Restaurant Awards, Café Ça Va (1860 Marine Dr.) is led by Michelin-star chef Alain Rayé and serves elegant French cuisine with a certain joie de vivre.




Enjoy the View


Nestled at the base of Cypress Mountain, the Salmon House on the Hill (2229 Folkestone Way) is your “special dinner with a killer view” destination. A panorama of glass windows faces the ocean and spans the width of the timber-chic restaurant, so you can sip picks from an award-winning wine list (chosen to pair perfectly with the West Coast fare) over sunsets on Burrard Inlet.




Get Wet


Take a break from city life by going on a kayak tour of Ambleside Beach or take an interpretive tour of the North Shore with Talaysay Tours (334 Skawshen Rd.). The tour company focuses on First Nations cultural and eco experiences, and offers other walking and kayak tours around the Burrard Inlet and Deep Cove.




Drop Anchor


Horseshoe Bay’s Olive and Anchor (6148 Bay St.) was an honourable mention for Best North Shore in Vancouver magazine’s 2017 Restaurant Awards and is well worth the trip. Chef Lisa Kim offers a diverse menu—everything from brioche French toast with mascarpone to Korean bibimbap—to accompany the view in this casual location.




Better Than a Gift Shop


Just a 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver in picturesque Horseshoe Bay lies the Spirit Gallery (6408 Bay St.), which showcases and sells First Nations bentwood boxes, carvings, jewellery and prints by notables such as Musqueam artist Susan Point.




Sweet Surrender


Born in Dundarave, Temper Chocolate and Pastry’s (2409 Marine Dr.) chef Steven Hodge has earned his place among chocolatiers by working with star-status chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Vancouver’s own Thomas Haas. Visit the mod marble-forward shop any day of the week for a chocolate- or pastry-laden pick-me-up.




Hit the Market


Every Sunday, the Ambleside Artisan Farmers’ Market (1000 Argyle Ave.) features vendors armed with everything from farm-fresh vegetables to tipples to crafts. After you’ve wandered (or eaten) your way through the market, head to the nearby park and beach at Ambleside to round out a day of relaxation.




Let's Do Brunch


Feast Dining (2423 Marine Dr.) is West Vancouver’s self-proclaimed neighbourhood table—and it has the rustic-farmhouse, down-to-earth decor to match. Stop by for brunch, lunch or dinner for time-honoured favourites like chicken and waffles, or treat yourself to happy hour’s $5 drink specials of wine and/or bubbles.




Call of the Wild


For a taste of the wilderness right in the city, visit Cypress Falls Park (find a parking lot and trail entrance near 4698 Woodgreen Pl.). The park’s low elevation makes it an excellent snow-free pick for a hike year-round. It’s dog friendly, easy to reach by public transit and features a gentle three-kilometre hike round-trip to get the blood flowing.




Go Fish!


Take to the water to discover the history and wildlife of Howe Sound with Sewell’s Marina (6409 Bay St.). Whether you explore one of North America’s southernmost fjords by guided sea safari, private boat rental or chartered fishing boat, you’ll spend the day getting to know a new side of Vancouver’s backyard (life jacket required).





Top ten things to do in West Vancouver

While once known only as the home of B.C.’s first enclosed shopping mall (we’re looking at you, Park Royal), West Vancouver is now a destination for foodies and outdoorsy folks alike. With the ocean and the mountains right next door, and its farmers’ markets, cafés, museums and galleries, this northwestern municipality offers a plethora of activities for every day of the year.

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