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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are more stores and businesses along Marine Drive towards
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
on the City of North Vancouver