Nestled against the magnificent North Shore Mountains, West Vancouver offers close access to nature along with urban amenities. Cross swaying suspension bridges. Hike or mountain bike through parks amid an old-growth rainforest. Or shop for First Nations art, followed by West Coast dining. It’s possible to do all these things in one day on Vancouver’s North Shore.
Planning a visit? Stay at Capilano River RV Park.
A 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, the North Shore is located across the Lions Gate Bridge (officially called the First Narrows Bridge). The area known as Vancouver’s North Shore (also encompassing neighboring North Vancouver) is inhabited by nearly 180,000 citizens. About 44,000 live in West Vancouver.
With Vancouver’s North Shore communities nestled between the Coast Mountains and the shores of English Bay, Burrard Inlet, and Indian Arm, nature and boundless outdoor adventure permeates everyday life. You can spend the morning at the top of a mountain and the afternoon combing the seashore for treasures.
Originally constructed in 1889, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is the area’s oldest tourist attraction. Teeter across the 450-foot span above a foaming river and check out the totem poles, trout ponds, and gift shop. Another attraction, the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge is tucked away amid firs and cedars in a hikers’ paradise.
Many visitors enjoy the varied activities at Grouse Mountain. This 4,100-foot peak offers amazing views of Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean, both from the Skyride gondola tram and at the summit. Ziplining, paragliding, and heli-jet tours spice up the summer. The Grouse Grind is Vancouver’s best-known and most challenging mountainside hike.
A great skiing mountain, Mount Seymour also offers access to some of the North Shore’s world-class hiking and mountain biking trails.
Nearby Deep Cove is a kayaking mecca with tranquil waters extending up the fjord of Indian Arm. Watch for eagles, cougars seals, and anemones.