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7 Best Things to Do in North Vancouver, British Columbia

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7 Best Things to Do in North Vancouver, British Columbia

North Vancouver is the perfect neighbourhood to explore if you’re into nature and adventure.

From forest hikes to mountainous views, there are plenty of awesome things to do in North Vancouver.

Plus, there are some pretty good food spots in the area as well!

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If you’re looking for even more fun activities and things to do in Vancouver, be sure to check out some local tours!

Here are some of the best things to do in North Vancouver, British Columbia.


Where to stay in Vancouver


If you’re looking to book your flights and hotels for Vancouver, I’d recommend booking on Expedia, so you can collect points towards free rewards and discounts!

Hotels can be pretty pricy in Vancouver, but they’re great if you plan on only staying downtown and walking around without a car – Downtown Vancouver is very walkable!

Here are some of the best hotels to stay at in Vancouver:

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Hilton Vancouver Downtown, British Columbia
Inside the chic Hilton Vancouver Downtown.

I also love staying in Airbnbs when I visit Vancouver, though I usually stay in Burnaby as it’s a little more budget-friendly.

If you’re interested in staying in Airbnbs, I have a separate blog post all about how to find the best Airbnbs!


Best things to do in North Vancouver


1. Breakfast at BjornBar Bakery

BjornBar is located on a cute little street in North Vancouver filled with shops and restaurants.

Their coffees and pastries are absolutely incredible, so you’ll definitely want to start off your day with breakfast here.

It gets busy with locals and tourists, so definitely try to avoid the crowds that come later in the day!

LOCATION: 102-3053 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver, BC | Website


2. Wander through Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

In order to avoid the crowds as much as possible, arrive at Capilano as soon as (or even before) it opens.

The suspension bridge and treetops are cool to see, but there’s also a mountain walk you can’t miss on your way out.

If you visit during the winter season, you’ll be able to catch Capilano surrounded by all the beautiful holiday lights!

Things to note: $53.95 per adult for tickets online, $39.95 for students

LOCATION: 3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC | Website

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3. Make a stop at Cleveland Park

Cleveland Park is a lovely little area worth stopping in North Vancouver.

You can bring a little picnic to have lunch here, or simply walk around and enjoy the gorgeous mountainous views.

If you visit during the warmer months, you can see the dam in action!

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LOCATION: Cleveland Park, North Vancouver, BC | Website

Cleveland Park in Vancouver, British Columbia
Cleveland Park in Vancouver, British Columbia

4. Head up Grouse Mountain

From skiing in the winter to paragliding in the summer, there are plenty of fun activities to do in Grouse Mountain.

You have to take a gondola to get to the top, and the views are absolutely gorgeous.

You can also do a guided tour that takes you to both Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park!

Things to note: $59 per adult for tickets online

LOCATION: Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, BC | Website


5. Hike through Lynn Canyon Park

Lynn Canyon is often compared to Capilano, but I personally think they’re very different, and you should do them both if you have the time.

Since it’s free to visit, the suspension bridge will pretty much always be busy, but hike around the trails and it’ll be a lot more peaceful.

LOCATION: 3690 Park Rd, North Vancouver, BC | Website

Lynn Canyon Park in Vancouver, British Columbia
The mossy trees of Lynn Canyon.
The gorge at Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver, British Columbia
The turquoise waters of the gorge at Lynn Canyon.

6. Explore the Lonsdale Quay Market

Located in North Vancouver, Lonsdale Quay gives you stunning views of downtown Vancouver’s skyline.

While you’re here, be sure to check out the Lonsdale Quay Market for local eats and souvenir shopping!

LOCATION: Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver, BC | Website

Lonsdale Quay Market in Vancouver
Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver, British Columbia
The view of downtown Vancouver from Lonsdale Quay Market.

7. Walk through Fun Alley

Fun Alley is a colourful alleyway filled with bright murals.

It’s not that long an alleyway, but it’s still a cute spot to make a quick photo stop while you’re out in North Vancouver.

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It’s definitely one of the most Instagram-worthy spots in Vancouver!

LOCATION: Lower Lonsdale, North Vancouver, BC | Website

Fun Alley in North Vancouver, British Columbia

Best things to do in North Vancouver:

  1. Breakfast at BjornBar Bakery
  2. Wander through Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  3. Make a stop at Cleveland Park
  4. Head up Grouse Mountain
  5. Hike through Lynn Canyon Park
  6. Explore the Lonsdale Quay Market
  7. Walk through Fun Alley

There are plenty of awesome things to do in North Vancouver, and you can definitely spend longer than a day exploring it!

It’s totally worth staying in the neighbourhood and enjoying all the things the North Shore has to offer.

If you’re looking for even more fun activities and things to do in Vancouver, be sure to check out some local tours!

What are your favourite things to do in North Vancouver? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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