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 November & December

1. See Canyon Lights

1. See Canyon Lights

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is Vancouver’s top tourist attraction. In late November you can enjoy Canyon Lights, an annual holiday tradition with thousands of lights twinkling throughout the Park. Canyon Lights runs from late November  to early January.

2. Experience the Peak of Christmas

2. Experience the Peak of Christmas

The Peak of Christmas is popular annual tradition in North Vancouver. Experience the magic of the season on Grouse Mountain. Enjoy outdoor skating, real reindeer, sleigh rides and a visit with Santa. The Peak of Christmas runs from late November through early January. Of course Santa and his reindeer depart on December 24th.

3. Find Unique Gifts at Local Galleries

3. Find Unique Gifts at Local Galleries

Find some unique gifts at our local galleries. ‘Great Stuff’ at the Ferry Building Gallery in West Vancouver . Winter Gift Gallery at the Seymour Art Gallery in North Vancouver. These gift galleries usually run from mid-November to mid-December.

4. Shop the Village at Park Royal

4. Shop the Village at Park Royal

The Village at Park Royal is twinkling with beautiful Christmas lights at this time of year. You’ll find yourself in a more festive mood while you are shopping. There are coffee shops and restaurants where you can rest your feet and recharge.

5. Visit Lonsdale Quay Market

5. Visit Lonsdale Quay Market

The Lonsdale Quay is a bustling market with a globally-inspired food court. A great place to find some unique gifts and delicious food. Stop by Green Leaf Brewing and sample some local craft beer.

6. Dundarave Festival of Lights

6. Dundarave Festival of Lights

The Dundarave Festival of Lights takes place every December on the Dundarave waterfront in West Vancouver. Enjoy the decorated trees and free entertainment. There are special events on Saturdays until Christmas. Special events take place on Saturdays in December leading up to Christmas

7. North Vancouver Christmas Festival

7. North Vancouver Christmas Festival

Don’t miss the North Vancouver Christmas Festival at Shipbuilder’s Square on December 3rd from 5-8pm. The Shipyards will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with the sound of music, carols and the inviting smell of free warm coffee and rich hot chocolate. See the lighting of the giant Christmas tree, get photos with Santa and enjoy free live entertainment and crafts.

8. Christmas Carol Ship Celebration

8. Christmas Carol Ship Celebration

You’ll have several chances to watch the Christmas Carol Ships flotilla passing by the North Shore. There is also a Carol Ship Celebration in Deep Cove in mid-December.

9. Holdiay Hi-Light Festival

9. Holdiay Hi-Light Festival

The holiday Hi-Light Festival at Park & Tilford Gardens is a majestic festival of lights with over 100,000 lights on display. The opening night light-up celebration will take place in late November. Open nightly from 5-9pm through December. Entry is by donation.

10. Hit the Slopes

10. Hit the Slopes

Vancouver’s North Shore has three local ski hills. Usually beginning in late November or early December, you can ski or board on Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain and Mt. Seymour. You can also try tubing, tobogganing and outdoor ice skating.

Event Calendar

Event Calendar

Check our Event Calendar to see what’s happening on Vancouver’s North Shore.

Top 10 Things to Do Winter

Top 10 Things to Do Winter

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Top 10 Things to Do Spring

Top 10 Things to Do Spring

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