#ExploreNorthShore…from home

Virtual Vancouver's North Shore

When the world is ready to travel again, Vancouver’s North Shore will be ready to welcome you back. But for now, we will need to be together, apart, as we all stay home and ride this out while social distancing. That doesn’t mean you can’t get your fill of North Shore experiences from your couch though! For now, here’s some inspiration to bring the North Shore to your living room.


1. Online Arts Classes

Online arts classes

North Van Arts usually offer their arts education in venues around the North Shore, but due to the current situation they have switched it up to offer classes like journalling, stories and songs, and introduction to acrylics as well as some online exhibitions! Register for an upcoming virtual art class here.


2. North Shore Culture Compass

North Shore Culture Compass

Another online initiative from North Van Arts is the North Shore Culture Compass. The Compass is an interactive online map that allows you to explore North Vancouver’s and West Vancouver’s arts, culture, and heritage from your home. From First Nations and Festivals and Events to Cultural Spaces and Creative Industries, there’s plenty to explore online now so you can visit later!


3. Webcams

Grouse Mountain Webcam

When you really miss us you can see Vancouver’s North Shore in real time on one of the many webcams! You can check in on Grinder and Coola in hibernation on the Bear Cam (they do get up and walk around sometimes!), see the conditions in the Cove on the Deep Cove Kayak Cove Cam, check in on Cypress Mountain Resort, or say hi to Horseshoe Bay on the Sewell’s Marina webcam. See the full list of webcams here.


4. Gohar Dashti: Dissonance

Gohar Dashti, Today's Life and War, 2008

Gohar Dashti, Today’s Life and War, 2008

With the closing of the West Vancouver Art Museum, they have moved their most current photography exhibition Gohar Dashti: Dissonance online.

5. Online Only: Drift

Judy Witheford, Falling Water 1

Judy Witheford, Falling Water 1

Drift, an exhibition that showcases drawings and mixed-media exploring perceptions and impressions of the natural world and the visual imprints, fragments and remnants that embody the passage of time. The Ferry Building Gallery has brought this exhibition online for your enjoyment.


6. Kidoons: Online Learning for Kids!

Join Buster Bear as he goes on a quest around North Vancouver. These short educational videos feature a cartoon bear who learns about North Vancouver’s historic past. Watch now.


7. Insta-Art

Polygon Gallery

The Polygon Gallery is currently closed but they are sharing sneak-peeks of their exhibitions on their Instagram by curating weekly programming. Check out their feed.


8. Virtual Racing


With social distancing being advised, Deep Cove Kayak are now making their Tuesday Night Race Series virtual! This means that you can take place alone, from anywhere in the world! As long as you have a flat body of water to paddle around you can take part in the race by registering your times on the Deep Cove Kayak website. Find out more about upcoming races.


9. Bring Grouse Mountain to You

Grouse mountain grizzly bears

Now that Grinder and Coola the Grouse Mountain grizzlies are out of hibernation you can keep up with their activities online with the Ranger Blog giving you the latest from the wildlife refuge.


10. Unlock North Vancouver History

The North Vancouver Museum and Archives has brought four key exhibits online so you can learn about North Vancouver history from your home. The exhibitions follow four themes: Wilderness On Our Doorstep: Vancouver’s Mountain Playground, Building A Vancouver Icon: the Lions Gate Bridge, A Riveted Community: North Vancouver’s Wartime Shipbuilding, and Moodyville: Legend and Legacy.


11. Climb to the Clouds…from your Computer!

On this website, you can ramble through more than one hundred years of mountain adventure in southwest British Columbia. Soar above the mountains, tour the times, rummage through the climber’s kit, watch original videos, and hear remarkable stories of personal feats, historic events, and outdoor adventures.

12. North Shore Wildlife Online Workshops

PC: @mikefraser4

The North Shore Black Bear Society is hosting free online workshops in June for wildlife and outdoor recreation lovers of all ages. Workshops include “Exploring Bear Country”, “Cubs”, and “North Shore Wildlife”.  Learn more on our events calendar.

While you are at home dreaming of travel, share your photos from your past trips with us by tagging @vancouversnorthshore and #explorenorthshore.

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