14902 Beacon Ln, West Vancouver, BC, CA, V7W 1K5
Start your day at Lighthouse Park, a 75-hectare seaside park, and the Lower Mainlands’ largest area of rainforest. This park gets its name from the over 100-year-old lighthouse that stands at its southern point. The last standing first-growth Douglas fir forest in Vancouver, Lighthouse Park is the perfect place to enjoy the North Shore’s unique vegetation, beaches, and incredible ocean views.
21150 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC, CA, V7T 1B1
This pollinator garden was started by a group of community members to provide a haven for butterflies, bees and other pollinators.
3Spirit Trl, North Vancouver, BC, CA, V7M
The Spirit Trail is a multi-use greenway that runs across Vancouver’s North Shore from West Van to Deep Cove. There’s plenty to explore along this waterfront path like The Shipyards District and Lonsdale Quay. Rent an e-bike at Reckless Bikes or enjoy the path on foot.
4123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver, BC, CA, V7M 3K7
The Lonsdale Quay Market is the perfect place to grab some lunch or a coffee. There are plenty of food vendors and restaurants offering all types of cuisine, over 50 shops and stalls to explore, indoor and outdoor seating, and some beautiful oceanfront views.
5267 Esplanade W, North Vancouver, BC, CA, V7M 1A6
This traditional Japanese garden is a hidden gem tucked away on North Vancouver’s waterfront. Opened in 1986, this garden was originally built by Toshimasa Ito to house two traditional Japanese stone lanterns that were gifted from Chiba to the City of North Vancouver.
6145 Chadwick Ct, North Vancouver, BC, CA, V7M 3K1
The Shipyards District is located in historic Lower Lonsdale. Recently developed, this spot is now a bustling community centre home to boutiques, galleries, restaurants, breweries and bars, as well as a scenic waterfront path and a large outdoor area. It’s the perfect spot to stop for a drink or take a stroll after dinner. If you’re visiting in the summer, check out the Shipyards Night Market, every Friday evening all summer long.
725 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver, BC, CA, V7L 0B2
Treat yourself to a delicious seafood dinner at Pier 7. They specialize in upscale seafood but offer options for every palette, including gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian items. Enjoy your meal with a view of Downtown Vancouver on their waterfront patio.
8125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC, CA, V7L 0G5
After a long day of adventure, it’s time to rest up at the beautiful Seaside Hotel. This modern boutique hotel is located right on the water at Lonsdale Quay, with striking views of Downtown Vancouver and a perfectly central location.
Ambleside Butterfly Garden
If you’re visiting West Vancouver in the Summer, check out the Harmony Arts Festival. This arts and music festival takes place in Ambleside for the first two weeks of August. Enjoy live music, art markets, art exhibitions and more! You can learn more at HarmonyArts.ca.
The Spirit Trail in West Vancouver
The Shipyards District
9101 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, BC, CA, V7M 2E6
For breakfast, swing by Lift Breakfast Bakery Ltd on Lonsdale and 1st. This cozy spot offers freshly baked goodies, specialty coffees, and from-scratch breakfast and brunch dishes.
103735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC, CA, V7R 4J1
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is an iconic Vancouver attraction. This 450-foot-long bridge provides a thrilling experience, suspended above the Capilano River amidst the lush rainforest. Explore the Treetops Adventure, walk among ancient trees, or take the Cliffwalk for breathtaking views. The Capilano Suspension Bridge and surrounding park offer a memorable experience in a stunning natural setting.
111400 Rufus Ave, North Vancouver, BC, CA, V7L 4J2
The Edible Garden Project at Loutet Farm in North Vancouver is a sustainable urban farming initiative promoting food security and community engagement. Through organic farming practices, volunteer opportunities, and educational workshops, it cultivates fresh produce while empowering individuals to grow their own food. Partnering with local organizations, it also addresses food insecurity by providing nutritious produce to those in need.
12333 Brooksbank Avenue, North Vancouver, BC, Canada, V7J 3S8
Next, make your way to Park & Tilford Gardens, a serene botanical oasis providing a peaceful escape from the city. This hidden gem showcases meticulously landscaped gardens, colourful flower beds, and winding pathways. Explore themed gardens like the rose garden and the serene Japanese garden. The garden hosts regular events and exhibitions, celebrating art and horticulture.
131385 Main St, North Vancouver, BC, CA, V7J 1C4
For lunch, swing by Wildeye Brewing, one of North Vancouver’s popular craft breweries. Enjoy modern comfort food in their bright and spacious taproom.
142308 Old Dollarton Rd, North Vancouver, BC, CA, V7H 1A8
Dÿkhof Nurseries is a horticultural haven that has been serving the local community for years. This family-owned nursery is a paradise for plant enthusiasts, offering a wide selection of top-quality plants, trees, and shrubs. Additionally, the nursery features a charming gift shop filled with garden decor and unique treasures.
15405 Seymour River Pl, North Vancouver, BC, CA, V7H 1S6
Next, head to Maplewood Farm. This spot is a delightful destination for animal lovers of all ages. This charming farm offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of farm animals. Nearby you can explore the Maplewood Flats, a unique natural area where you can spot many species of birds while walking the network of oceanside trails.
16North Vancouver, BC, CA, V7G 1T8
Finish up the day in Deep Cove, a unique oceanfront community on the eastern end of Vancouver’s North Shore. Grab a bite at one of the local eateries and take a stroll along the water.
Treetops Adventure at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Park & Tilford Gardens