Top 10 Things to Do

Looking for things to do when you visit Vancouver’s North Shore? Of course we are known for our abundance of outdoor activities, but North Vancouver is also home to top attractions, great shopping and lots of great places to eat.

We have created a  top 10 list to help you decide what to do when visiting North Vancouver and West Vancouver. These are our recommendations for must-see and must do.

Top 10 Things to Do in September & October

1. Visit the Capilano Salmon Hatchery

1. Visit the Capilano Salmon Hatchery

The Capilano Salmon Hatchery is a popular free attraction in North Vancouver where you can learn more about salmon and get up close. Hike the Coho Loop for a taste if a West Coast rainforest, and get a look at the salmon in the river who are returning to spawn.

2. Enjoy a Local Festival

2. Enjoy a Local Festival

The Coho Festival (2nd Sunday in September) celebrates the return of the Coho Salmon to the rivers and streams of the North Shore. The Artists for Conservation Festival take place on Grouse Mountain late September/ early October. AFC is an international art, environmental and educational festival.

3. Meet Locals at the Shipyards Night Market

3. Meet Locals at the Shipyards Night Market

Drop by the Shipyards Night Market at Shipbuilder’s Square on Friday evenings (to September 30) from 5-10pm. Food trucks, beer garden, market vendors, live entertainment and more. Free admission

4. Visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

4. Visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers visitors a unique mix of adventure, history and culture, which  makes this attraction a complete British Columbia experience and a must-see while visiting Vancouver.

5. Go Salmon Fishing or Take an Eco Tour

5. Go Salmon Fishing or Take an Eco Tour

If you want the thrill of catching a salmon Sewell’s Marina in Horseshoe Bay offer excellent deep-sea fishing in local waters. A Sewell’s Sea Safari Tour takes you on an to see the spectacular scenery and wildlife which make coastal British Columbia world famous.

6. Hike the Grouse Grind

6. Hike the Grouse Grind

There is still time this fall to experience to heart-pounding, thigh-burning experience of hiking the Grouse Grind. This hike is not for the faint of heart! The Grouse Grind is a near vertical 2.9km hike up the mountain, offering an intense workout with 2,830 stairs and an elevation gain of 2,800 feet.

7. Visit the Maplewood Conservation Area

7. Visit the Maplewood Conservation Area

If the Grouse Grind sounds a little too strenuous for you, maybe you would prefer a scenic walk in the Maplewood Conservation Area. There are free guided bird watching walks on the second Saturday of every month at 10am.

8. Sip Award-Winning Craft Beers

8. Sip Award-Winning Craft Beers

Enjoy some award-winning beers at one of the North Shore’s craft breweries. Taste a wide selection of delicious beers and ales onsite or grab a growler to take home with you.

9. Go Mountain Biking

9. Go Mountain Biking

Try mountain biking on one of the North Shore’s renowned free riding trails. You can hit the trails on your own, take a guided tour or get a lesson. The Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve offers a good variety of mountain biking trails, as well as the paved Seymour Valley Trailway.

10. Take a Self-guided Public Art Tour

10. Take a Self-guided Public Art Tour

Enjoy art “al fresco” on a self-guided public art tour, by foot or bike. North Vancouver is home to over 100 public works of art in libraries, along nature trails and public walkways, in parks and shopping plazas. FREE

Event Calendar

Event Calendar

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Top 10 Things to Do Late Fall

Top 10 Things to Do Late Fall

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Top 10 Things to Do Winter

Top 10 Things to Do Winter

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