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Summer is a busy time of year on Vancouver’s North Shore. If you’re looking for fun ways to fill out your schedule, look no further than this list!
We’ve got plenty of summer festivals, farmer’s markets, outdoor music, water activities, world-class attractions, foodie finds, and outdoor adventures to help create your summer bucket list.
1. Enjoy the sights and sounds of summer at Lonsdale Quay’s Summerfest. Head down to the Quay for salsa dancing, yoga on the pier, fitness classes, kid’s yoga, live music, a kids extravaganza, and outdoor movies all summer long.
2. Water slides are an essential part of summer and we’ve got a 1,000 ft one at Slide the City Festival!
3. Cool down with craft all natural ice cream in flavours like Cracked Salted Caramel and Birthday Cake from Welcome Parlour.
4. Get that sky high feeling at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
5. Check out the ultra-new aerial ropes adventure opening August 2018 at Grouse Mountain.
6. Quench that first with an icy cold craft beer while exploring the Vancouver’s North Shore Ale Trail.
7. Make the most of patio season with some outdoor dining with our list of top north shore patios.
9. Make the most of the air conditioning and shop ’til you drop at Park Royal mall.
10. Take a tip in the glacier pools of the North Shore’s swimming holes.
11. Tackle the legendary North Shore mountain biking trails with a guided tour from Endless Biking.
12. Test your fitness to the limit by taking the 2,830 stairs of the Grouse Grind trail.
13. Discover local wildlife by bird watching at the Maplewood Conservation Area.
14. Pick up fresh local fruits and veggies in abundance at the Lower Lonsdale & Ambleside Farmer’s Markets.
15. Get a behind-the-scenes peak at spectacular and contemporary Mid Century modern homes perched on the rocky slopes of West Vancouver on the 13th Annual West Coast Modern Home Tour presented by British Pacific Properties.
16. Check out the view from the Burrard Dry Dock Pier and splash your toes in the new feature at the Foot of Lonsdale.
17. Find out if bigger is better by trying out Raglan’s fishbowl cocktail menu. 18. Soar like an eagle at high speeds through our back yard on a Sewell’s Marina Sea Safari. Cruise along the water’s surface, spending the day surrounded by BC’s unique Coastal Mountains, taking pictures with seals bathing in the sun, or cruising through the waves on our natural roller coaster. 19. Purchase Aboriginal arts & crafts, feast on a traditional salmon BBQ, and watch the contest Powwow at the 31st Annual Squamish Nation Powwow. 20. DO go chasing waterfalls at Norvan Falls at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. 21. Cool down with a cool treat. See if you can eat your way through our ice cream bucket list. 22. Rock out at Vancouver’s largest rock festival Rock Ambleside Park, featuring Loverboy, Trooper, and Nazerath. 23. Go for a stroll along West Vancouver’s Centennial Seawalk and take in the scenic views of the Burrard Inlet. 24. Grab your friends for some group stand-up paddle boarding fun on Deep Cove Kayak’s Starship! 25. The Summer Sessions is back for another great season of live music performances, artisan market, and party atmosphere at The Shipyards. 26. Experienced hikers can hike the whole of the 42km Baden Powell Trail, stretching the whole of the North Shore from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove. 27. Forget about your summer bod at celebrity’s favourite Honey’s Doughnuts in Deep Cove. 28. Take on a jam-packed ten days of arts, culture, and food at the Harmony Arts Festival. 29. There’s no better way to spend a hot day than hosing down with the more than 20 pieces of spray equipment at Mahon Spray Park. 30. New for summer 2018 is Grouse Mountain’s Scenic Mountain Biking Trails. Perfect for beginners to mountain biking they offer two highly approachable and well-marked trails – the perfect way to breathe in the fresh air and take in the amazing mountain landscape. 31. Slurp down a fresh and healthy juice while swinging from Buddha-Full Northwoods swings. 32. North Vancouver’s Rice Lake offers a unique “urban wilderness” for you to do some dock or shore fishing. 33. Take in some FREE family-friendly movies like Labyrinth and Coco at Outdoor Movies in the Plaza. 34. Feast on food trucks, artisan stalls, and live entertainment every Friday all summer at the Shipyards Night Market. 35. Pack your towel and floatie for a day of seaside fun at Ambleside Beach. 36. Get some R&R with a pampering spa day at Paradise Spa located at Holiday Inn North Vancouver. 37. Zoom through the air at up to 80 km/ph on the Grouse Mountain dual-circuit ziplines. 38. Take the kids to play out at the John Lawson Park splash park and playground featuring a pirate ship, a train, and lots of other fun and modern equipment to play on!
39. Chill out with views of the ferries coming and going while munching on fish and chips at Horseshoe Bay.
40. Get up close and personal with local wildlife on a Snorkel and Kayak excursion to Howe Sound, departing from Horseshoe Bay.
41. Tap & Barrel Lower Lonsdale’s sprawling 240 seat patio is the ultimate destination for dining al fresco. Did you know the patio is home to BC’s largest and only outdoor bar?!
42. Explore Vancouver’s North Shore’s unique and interesting neighbourhoods using our itinerary.
43. Be a true North Shore explorer on one of our many hiking trails. There’s something for all abilities!
44. Hit the open waters, gliding through the waves, by renting a boat for the day.
45. Pack up a picnic and take it to one of our many beautiful parks.
46. August is Salmon Season so get over to the Capilano Salmon Hatchery to learn about the fish lifecycle and watch the fish ladder, where you can see how salmon climb the fish ladders by jumping from one pool to the next.
47. The North Shore’s newest gallery – The Polygon offers inspiring photography and media-based art exhibitions. Throughout the summer they run Kids First Saturdays for hands on creative activities for your little artists-in-the-making.
48. Get messy at 4Cats Art Studio in Edgemont Village! Sign up for arts and crafts workshops such as creating clay panda planters, painting Monet’s Garden, and Splatta Your Bestie paint splatter fun.
49. The fun doesn’t end when the snow melts on Cypress Mountain. Get ready to try Geocaching! Explore the mountain’s hiking trails while trying to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS, players can then share their experiences online.
50. Vancouver’s North Shore has many amazing fishing holes, just minutes from our docks. Find the best spots on a fishing charter with Sewell’s Marina.
51. Join in on B.C.’s largest Caribbean celebration at the Caribbean Days Festival. Have fun with a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer.
52. Say hi to our friends over on Bowen Island with a easy and fun-filled day trip. Bowen Island is an idyllic destination of artist studios, boutique shops, and delicious restaurants, just a 20 minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.
53. The best of British Columbia is found in summer at the Peak of Vancouver on Grouse Mountain. Take the Skyride to the top of the mountain and get a feast for the senses with the World Famous Lumberjack Show, Mountain Biking, Grizzly Bears & Wildlife Shows, the Eye of the Wind and Guided Eco Walks.
54. Learn about First Nations culture at Kia’palano with a free guided tour (with ticket purchase) at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
55. Enjoy candied salmon, brie & pear pizza, meatloaf, local BC wines, calamari, craft beer, gluten-free goodies, freshly baked brownies and more on a North Van “LoLo” Food Tour.
56. Get down to talented young talent at the Cates Park Concerts. The concerts are completely free but a CD of the artists performing is available with all proceeds going to those who performed.
57. Take in the beautiful West Coast sunset while walking over the legendary Lions Gate Bridge.
58. Chow down on seasonal, local food including wild sockeye salmon and AAA Canadian Beef Tenderloin at Salmon House at the Hill.
59. Climb the BIG Q and take in the views of Downtown Vancouver at Lonsdale Quay Market!
60. Glide through the serene waters of Deep Cove and the Indian Arm in a kayak from Deep Cove Kayak.
61. Get your OM on with Grouse Mountain and YYoga. Head up to the peak and get a complimentary 60 minute outdoor yoga class on Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer.
62. Did you know that the North Shore is home to TWO suspension bridges? Check out the smaller of the two at Lynn Canyon. Public transport is recommended as parking is limited.
63. Talk and walk with the animals, including sheep, goats, and ducks at Maplewood Farm.
64. NEW to Vancouver. Try out the hop on hop off ticket with Pacific Ferries and travel straight from Granville Island to Lonsdale Quay!
65. A fun and FREE way to explore! Try out our Public Art Trail to visit some of the best public artworks in North and West Vancouver.
66. Go green… discover some of the most beautiful golf courses in the greater Vancouver area.
67. Dance to the big band, watch the children’s parade and take in local artisans, children’s entertainment and food trucks at Deep Cove Daze.
68. Join Shipyard Pals Sal and Sam on a story-filled walk of Lower Lonsdale’s Shipyards as they regale you with tales of what was at one point the largest Shipyards in Westen Canada.
69. Purchase everything you could possibly need for a picnic from homemade kombucha and fresh fruit and veggies, to charcuterie boards and make-you-own salad bowls at Lonsdale Quay Market.
70. Bring your lawn chair and secure a spot for watching the free live music at Live & Local Lynn Valley.
71. Work those core muscles while taking in the beauty of Deep Cove by trying out stand-up paddle boarding!
72. Meet other hikers, music-lovers and beer enthusiasts on the sky deck at Grouse Mountain for live music on Fridays Nights as part of the Summer Music Series.
73. Enjoy the magnificent scenery in Howe Sound – the southernmost fjord in North America – from a sunset cruise. Toast the sunset with a glass of bubbly, as the sun drops into the Salish Sea,
74. The summer holidays are for discovery! Find out more about one of West Vancouver’s most famous artists at his namesake gallery – The Gordon Smith Gallery.
75. Take a dip in the high-tech, low-chlorine pool at West Vancouver Aquatic Centre.
76. Polish up that green thumb and see how many different plants you can identify at the themed gardens at Park & Tilford.
77. Shelter from the sun under the old growth Fir trees while on your way to the national heritage site of Point Atkinson Lighthouse at Lighthouse Park.
78. Join the other picnicers, hikers, and divers by the cliffs at Whytecliff Park. Whatever activity you are doing, don’t forget to take a moment to take in those views of Howe Sound and Bowen Island.
79. Prepare for your own personal photo shoot with our list of Most Instagrammable Spots on the North Shore.
80. Re-introduce the kids to a simpler, more connected way of life at a Mount Seymour Eco Adventure Camp. Your kids will come home tired, muddy, and brimming with exciting stories from the nature-filled day!
81. Walk, bike, or roller skate your way along the varied North Shore Spirit Trail.