North Vancouver is known for an abundance of year-round outdoor recreation activities, such as hiking and mountain biking through forests of mature cedar and fir trees, skiing and snow sports on Grouse and Seymour Mountains and enjoying the numerous green spaces throughout the City and District of North Vancouver.
North Vancouver is made up of two separate municipalities: the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver. It is also home to the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the peoples of the Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
The first people to call North Vancouver home are the peoples of the Squamish Nation and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. Both nations are self-governed, and have participated in the development of the Official Community Plans for the City and the District of North Vancouver. North Vancouver actively supports and celebrates a diversity of cultural backgrounds, including recognizing the traditions of both the Squamish Nation and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
City of North Vancouver
The City of North Vancouver is located on the north shore of the Burrard Inlet, directly across from Vancouver. This waterfront municipality is considered the urban core of North Vancouver. It is densely populated and features a number of residential high-rise buildings. Areas include Lower Lonsdale, Central Lonsdale, Moodyville, and Grand Boulevard.
North Vancouver District
The District of North Vancouver surrounds the City of North Vancouver on three sides. Its boundaries are Indian Arm to the east, Capilano River to the west, the Coast Mountains to the north, and the Burrard Inlet to the south. The District features a variety of commercial neighbourhood town centres including Edgemont Village , Upper Lonsdale, Lynn Valley, Seymour, and Deep Cove.
There are a number of private and public health facilities serving North Vancouver, primarily the Lions Gate Hospital. 10% of employment based in North Vancouver works at hospitals and offices of health practitioners and health care professionals. In recognition of these and other social services, in 2015 the City and District of North Vancouver were awarded Age-friendly BC Recognition designations from the provincial government.
There are also numerous community organizations providing valuable services for youth, immigrants, and seniors in North Vancouver. Their contribution is important to enhancing the economic, social, cultural, and environmental well-being of our residents.
North Vancouver’s mild-climate and world-class natural beauty makes it the ultimate playground for outdoor recreation enthusiasts.
Skiing, Snowboarding & Snowshoeing
North Vancouver is home to not one, but two local ski and snowboard hills; Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour. They are considered two of the best downhill facilities, located in close proximity to an urban centre, in North America and also offer prime snowshoe trails with stunning views.
North Vancouver’s famous mountain backdrop and West Coast rainforests make it one of the best hiking destinations in the world. Whether you are looking for a wilderness stroll or a more strenuous challenge, North Vancouver has adventure waiting for you! Baden-Powell Trail, Capilano River Regional Park, Grouse Grind® and Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve are just a few of the hiking destinations you’ll find in and around North Vancouver.
North Vancouver’s mountains have had a massive impact on the sport of mountain biking around the world. Famous for “The Shore” and “Freeriding”, 4 out of the world’s top 20 trails are located right here in North Vancouver.
Water sport enthusiasts enjoy everything from ocean kayaking and canoeing to wakeboarding, and water skiing in the peaceful ocean waters of Deep Cove and Indian arm. Capilano and Seymour Rivers are also popular for the more adventurous river kayaker.
North Vancouver’s Capilano River provides fishing enthusiasts with some of the best salmon fishing in Metro Vancouver. Look out for Coho salmon in June and July and Steelhead between July and September. Please note that all steelhead salmon are required to be released. You can also fish for trout in Rice Lake.
Arts & Culture
North Vancouver has a vibrant and diverse arts, culture and heritage scene. It is home to galleries, theatres, museums, festivals and markets and over 150 pieces of public art!
Performing Arts: Presentation House Theatre, Centennial Theatre, Deep Cove Stage Society, First Impressions Theatre, North Vancouver Community Players, BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts
Festivals: Caribbean Days Festival, North Shore Jazz Festival, Polish Festival Vancouver, Shipped Waterfront Festival and Slide the City & Fun City Fest