#1 North Shore Spirit Trail
Similar to Downtown Vancouver’s seawall, the North Shore Spirit Trail is a 35km greenway that winds along the scenic waterfront of North Vancouver. Stretching from Horseshoe Bay and ending in Deep Cove, Spirit Trail provides safe and scenic access for pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters along the waterfront.
The city portion of Spirit Trail is 6.5km and connects popular spots such as Lonsdale Quay, the Shipyards, and Moodyville Park. Grab your bike or walking shoes, and let the trail guide you to some of North Vancouver’s most beloved places.
#2 Deep Cove
Located in the easternmost region of North Vancouver, Deep Cove offers views of a quintessential BC landscape. Perhaps the most popular activity in Deep Cove is the Quarry Rock hike, which takes about 1.5 hours to complete. It’s a perfect place to enjoy sunset, although in peak seasons it can get quite busy.
If hiking isn’t your thing, try exploring Deep Cove from the water instead. Rent a kayak, and paddle around the cove and surrounding islands. You may even meet some friendly seals along the way.
Finally, no visit to Deep Cove is complete without a stop at the famous Honey Doughnuts & Goodies. If the thought of mouth-watering donuts doesn’t convince you, the line out the door might.
#3 Lynn Canyon
Lynn Canyon is a gorgeous forested park in North Vancouver, and is an easy way to escape the rush of the city and get back into nature without having to go too far. It is best known for its suspension bridge which spans the canyon and offers a stunning view of the forest and waterfall (not to mention an undeniable Instagram moment). Although the suspension bridge is not as long or impressive as the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge (also located in North Van), the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge still dangles 50 meters above the water.
However, don’t stop here. Continue following the boardwalk paths which run throughout the park and check out the sights along the way. Some attractions include Twin Falls, and the Pipe Bridge. On a hot summer day, stop at the 30 Foot Pool for a refreshing dip.
#4 Rice Lake
Rice Lake is a lesser-known, beautiful walking trail and park located in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. The trail has minimal elevation gain and weaves through mossy forests and alongside the serene lake. Keep your eyes open for long-legged herons, or eagles circling above. In the summer, this is the perfect spot to bring a picnic.
#5 Lonsdale Quay
If you’re traveling to North Vancouver via the Seabus, you will be dropped off right at the Lonsdale Quay, making it the perfect place to either start or end your day in North Van. Grab a cup of joe from Shipyards Coffee, and begin by strolling the pier, from which you’ll see some of the most breathtaking views of the Vancouver skyline. If love is in the air, make sure you buy a metal lock and attach it to the fence overlooking the water.
From the pier, venture inside the Lonsdale Quay Market. The market features over 80 local vendors – including a food court, specialty retailers, and even a craft brewery. If the seemingly endless options of food are overwhelming, experience the best flavours by taking the North Vancouver Walking Food Tour.
#6 Shipyards Brewery District
One of the more recent additions to North Vancouver’s food scene is the addition of the Shipyards Brewery District. Mirroring other brewery districts such as those in Port Moody or East Vancouver, the Shipyard’s Brewery District is a hot spot for the region’s best craft beer.
The district is located in the industrial area east of St. Georges Avenue, and the breweries are all within walking distance of each other. Try a flight at one (or all) of our favourites: House of Funk Brewing, Beere Brewing, and Streetcar.
Written by Katrina Martin