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. Shopping on the Shore

2. Shopping on the Shore

Vancouver’s North Shore is a shopper’s paradise offering experiences ranging from indie boutiques in our neighbourhoods to one of British Columbia’s premier shopping centres at Park Royal. Here you can pick up souvenirs, fashion and accessories, arts and crafts, and make a start on holiday gifts!

3. Take in Some Art

3. Take in Some Art

A perfect rainy day activity is visiting one of the North Shore’s many diverse art galleries. From modern media at our newest gallery on the waterfront The Polygon to learning about our heritage with First Nation arts and crafts.

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

5. Go Salmon Fishing

If you want the thrill of catching a salmon Sewell’s Marina in Horseshoe Bay offer excellent deep-sea fishing in local waters. There are also excellent fishing opportunities in our rivers surrounded by the beauty of the our old growth forest.

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. Spawning Salmon Tour

8. Spawning Salmon Tour

Takaya Tours “Spawning Salmon Tour” only takes place from August to November when the salmon have returned to spawn during the North Shore’s salmon season. The Takaya Tours guides will walk with you through the ancestral trails along the Indian Arm River banks where the fish pools are while keeping an eye out for other wildlife such as deer, seals, otters, and birds.

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

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

Top 10 Things to Do Holiday Season

Top 10 Things to Do Holiday Season

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Top 10 Things to Do Winter

Top 10 Things to Do Winter

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