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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains  > City of North Vancouver

City of North Vancouver
The City of North Vancouver is located north of Vancouver just across Burrard Inlet. A neighbour to the north of the city is the District of North Vancouver and, along with West Vancouver, the three communities make up what is often referred in the Lower Mainland to as the 'The North Shore.'

Lonsdale Avenue
One of the main business and commercial areas of the City of North Vancouver is situated along Lonsdale Avenue. Lonsdale Avenue runs up quite a steep hill from Burrard Inlet and the waterfront towards Grouse Mountain. The streets running across Lonsdale start out as Esplanade Avenue then 1st Street and work up Lonsdale to 29th Street and the border with the District of North Vancouver.

Sea Bus
The easiest way to get to the City of North Vancouver from Vancouver is by taking the Sea Bus from the Waterfront Terminal at the foot of Granville Street over to the Lonsdale Quay. The trip is not only very spectacular going across Burrard Inlet but is reasonably priced and easy to transfer onto from the Skytrain, Westcoast Express, public transportation or the cruise ship terminal.

Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops
Once across Burrard Inlet at the Lonsdale Quay, you are immediately introduced to the Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops. Very similar to Granville Island Public Market in Vancouver, the Lonsdale Quay Market and Shops offers you sellers of some of British Columbia's freshest and tastiest food products.

Lower Lonsdale
Just within walking distance of the Lonsdale Quay are a number of ethnic restaurants, small cafés and coffee shops in the Esplanade Drive and either side of Lower Lonsdale Avenue. Some favourites include a Starbucks along Esplanade Avenue, Sailor Hagar's Brew Pub located at 86 Semisch Avenue and the Rusty Gull Pub at 175 East 1st Street.

Burrard Yarrows Dry-Docks
The lower Lonsdale area, once the home of the Burrard Yarrows Dry-Docks, is going through a major construction transformation with the building of condominiums and waterfront walkways called 'The Pier' by Pinnacle International. Look for big changes in the near future.

Waterfront Park
Adjacent to the Lonsdale Quay to the west is Waterfront Park. From here, you can get next to the harbour with beautiful southerly views of Burrard Inlet and all the ships' traffic in the Vancouver Harbour with downtown Vancouver in the background.

Saint Paul's Catholic Church
The oldest church in Lower Mainland first built in 1862 resides nearby at Saint Paul's Catholic Church, situated in a Squamish First Nation Mission Reserve with access near 3rd Street and Esplanade Avenue. Located just west of Waterfront Park, Saint Paul's cannot be mistaken with its beautiful glimmering silver roofline and chapels along the lower skyline of lower North Vancouver.

Mosquito Creek Marina
Nearby to Saint Paul's Catholic Church is the Mosquito Creek Marina. If you have a boat, Mosquito Creek Marina makes a convenient take-off point for earth exploring Vancouver Harbour, Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm or going out under Lions Gate Bridge and venturing into False Creek or the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound.

Upper Lonsdale
There is another separate business district on Lonsdale generally in the upper blocks between 11th Street to 19th Street. Here you can find most of the financial institutions, as well as Lions Gate Hospital, medical clinics, RCMP, Safeway, Super Valu, Jack Lonsdale's Pub, London Drugs, international food stores, ethnic restaurants and a Starbucks. A favourite internet coffee shop called Beans on Lonsdale is at Lonsdale and 18th Street.

Capilano Mall
The biggest shopping mall found in the City of North Vancouver is at Capilano Mall, which is located at 935 Marine Drive near Hamilton Avenue. At Capilano Mall you can find a Sears, Wal-Mart, Cobs Bread and a Starbucks. Just south of Capilano Mall using the Fell Avenue Bridge is the North Shore Auto Mall, home to 17 different car brands. Also located near the North Shore Auto Mall is Harbourside Park where you can find beautiful views of the City of North Vancouver, Mosquito Creek Marina and south across the harbour to Vancouver.

Pemberton Avenue
There are more stores and businesses along Marine Drive towards the Lions Gate Bridge including a number of other automobile dealerships. Pemberton Avenue that runs off perpendicular to Marine Drive goes south towards the waterfront and has various businesses related to the automotive sector, plus the original Cactus Club Café and a favourite, the Pemberton Station Neighbourhood Pub at 135 Pemberton.

Park and Tilford Mall
Other shopping areas in the City of North Vancouver include the Park and Tilford Mall and the Westview Shopping Centre. The Park and Tilford Mall site features the renowned Park and Tilford Gardens and a six-theatre Cineplex Odeon Cinema.

Mahon Park
For outdoor sports activities the city's largest park is at Mahon Park. Located on Mahon Avenue just north of Keith Avenue, Mahon Park features soccer fields, kids play areas, picnic grounds plus numerous walking and cycling trails along Mission and Wagg Creeks.

Mosquito Creek Park
Another very popular walking trail in the city you might want to try is along Mosquito Creek. Access to the trail network is at Mosquito Creek Park situated at Larson Road and Fell Avenue. The beautiful path part of the Trans-Canada Trail meanders next to Mosquito Creek up to the border with the District of North Vancouver at William Griffin Park.

District of North Vancouver Trails
Other popular trails exist in the nearby District of North Vancouver. A couple of favourites in the district include the Grouse Grind that goes to the Grouse Mountain Skyride, Capilano Canyon, Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, continuing on the Mosquito Creek Trail and sections of the Baden Powell Trail.

Coming from Whistler Hwy 99
The other main highway route to the City of North Vancouver is by using the Sea to Sky Hwy 99 coming from Squamish and Whistler. If you are coming from the Cariboo Chilcotin, think about taking this route when you drive through Cache Creek. Hwy 99 travels through Lillooet, Duffy Lake and Mount Currie to Pemberton.

Information on the City of North Vancouver



Mao of the 'North Shore'
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Lonsdale Avenue
Lonsdale Avenue


Lonsdale Quay
View of Vancouver from Lonsdale Quay


Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops
Lonsdale Quay


Harbourside Park
Harbourside Park


Saint Paul's Catholic Church
Saint Paul's Catholic Church


Yaas Bazaar
Yaas Bazaar


Beans on Lonsdale
Beans on Lonsdale


North Shore Auto Mall
North Shore Auto Mall


'The Lions'
'The Lions'


Saint Paul's Catholic Church
Saint Paul's Catholic Church


Harbourside Park
Harbourside Park

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