Summer is fast approaching and here on Vancouver’s North Shore we have been enjoying warmer than normal weather. Out are the raincoats and boots and in are the shorts and flip flops, and hiking boots and mountain bikes!
Here are just a few of the fabulous things taking place on Vancouver’s North Shore in June. Check out our Events Calendar for more!
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British Columbia is fast asserting itself as a craft beer mecca and on June 13, the floating breakwater at Sewell’s Marina in Horseshoe Bay will be the location for the 2015 Horseshoe Bay Craft Beer Festival. Now in its second year, the festival will be serving up tastes from 16 craft breweries, including North Vancouver’s own Bridge Brewing. Horseshoe Bay has a strong history in craft beer and many say was the site of the brewery that kick started the Craft Beer revolution in BC. Few realize, but back in 1982 with some used dairy equipment, a little determination and help from friends, John Mitchell started brewing Bay Ale at the Horseshoe Bay Brewery to serve at the Troller Ale House. That brewery no longer exists, but Mitchell went on to help design the Howe Sound Brewery in Squamish in 1996 and is known as the “grand-father of micro brewing in Canada.”
The event runs from 3pm – 7pm and tickets can be purchased at Sewell’s Marina, the Troller Ale House or on-line.
One can’t help but notice the mountains that stand proudly overlooking Vancouver’s North Shore. Hidden away on those mountains is a network of mountain biking trails that have earned the North Shore the honour of being the mountain biking Mecca of Canada. The North Shore Mountain Biking Association (NSMBA) are the wizards behind trail development and, as their motto “Trails for All, Trails Forever”, alludes, they are dedicated to ensuring that there are trails for everyone. From beginning riders just starting to explore mountain biking to the advanced technical riders who are constantly seeking a challenge. The main riding areas are Mount Seymour, Fromme Mountain and Cypress Mountain and one of the best trails for beginners is Bobsled on Fromme or Circuit 8 in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.
There are 13 bike shops on the North Shore, many of who provide rental bikes and gear, and professional guides and instructors who will happily introduce new riders and visitors who wish to explore riding the Shore.
Check out Trail Forks for maps and detailed trail information.
The BC Bike Race returns to North Vancouver from June 27 – July 4. This seven-day race takes 600 riders from Vancouver Island, along the Sunshine Coast, through North Vancouver and up to Whistler. Day 5 (Thursday, July 2) is the North Vancouver day and there will be lots of opportunities to cheer the riders on at the start and finish, both in Lynn Valley, of Day 5. Kids ages 2 – 8 will enjoy the Kids Bike Race scheduled to start at 11am at Argyle Secondary School. These small-course, community races, generally take place on gravel and are fun for all kids.
For more biking fun, check out Bikefest North Shore on June 6 -7 at Inter River Park. This free family-friendly event is a great opportunity to check out new gear, test ride new bikes, find a deal at the MEC Bike swap or take part in a bike skills clinic. The whole family will enjoy the bike races, performers, entertainment and kids activities. Embrace the “awesomeness of wheels”.
Waterfalls aren’t the first thing that come to mind when you think about exploring Vancouver’s North Shore, but did you know that there are some spectacular falls hidden in those mountains? While many of the falls require a little hiking to get to, our two favourites are reached with a minimal amount of effort.
Cypress Falls is hidden in an enchanting rainforest park in West Vancouver just off Highway 1. A short walk from the parking lot brings you through a thick forest of old Cedar and Douglas Fir trees and to the 2 spectacular waterfalls … aptly named Upper and Lower Falls. Definitely a family-friendly hike, the 3-km trail should take about 90 minutes round trip, including stops to admire the falls and the old-growth trees.
Photo Credit: Christopher Porter
Located in Lynn Canyon Park, Twin Falls tends to get lost in the shadow of the famous suspension bridge, but the stroll to view the falls is highly recommended. Once over the bridge, turn right and head for Twin Falls. A lovely walk through the forest and along boardwalk, the Twin Falls Loop trail takes you to another bridge downstream where you are much closer to the raging waters and can enjoy a wonderful view of Twin Falls. Cross the bridge and head up a series of steep stairs where it’s just a short walk back to the parking lot and the suspension bridge.
Celebrate the 117th anniversary of Philippine Independence with the 2-day Philippine Day Festival at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver. Enjoy a taste of Filipino cuisine, culture, arts and the family fellowship and camaraderie for which the Filipino people are known. Everyone is welcome to a weekend of tasty food, live music, cultural and modern dances and fun for the whole family.
Celebrate jazz on Vancouver’s North Shore. Part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival the North Shore Jazz Series runs from June 19 – 30 with free and ticketed events taking place across the North Shore. The Civic Plaza in the City of North Vancouver comes to life on June 20 and 27 at 1:00 pm with free concerts featuring The Modelos, Vancouver’s own rock ’n’ roll cowboy surfer, and Publish the Quest, a socially conscious Seattle-based afro-beat folk rock group.
On June 25 head to one of the Pacific Northwest’s signature concert venues at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver for a night of country music from Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival Tour. Ambleside Live is the one and only Western Canadian tour stop, and concert goers will not only be treated to sensational music, but also spectacular views. Country artists, Jake Owen and Chase Rice, will join Chesney, 8-time entertainer of the year, on stage.
Photo Credit: Ambleside Live