The cities of North Vancouver and West Vancouver make up the North Shore. Dominated by mountains and parklands and fronted by a shoreline that runs the gamut from industrial wasteland and dockyard to nature reserve and idyllic, secluded beach, it’s a magnet to weekend warriors keen to investigate Vancouver’s “supernatural” reputation.
On the North Shore at the moment (our HOOD palettes are ever-changing), we’re seeing the blue and green of the landscape mural at 25th and Marine Drive; the orange of Krua Thai’s exterior on Lonsdale; Extra Foods quad-colour; Upper Levels Highway signage; yellow sulphur piles; French Onion soup at La Regalade (closed, sniff); West Van’s iconic Pink Palace on Bellevue; Dungeness Crab tri-colour; lost child-sized 2010 Olympic mittens; a perfect Spring day skiing or snowboarding on Grouse Mountain.
PICNICS AT JOHN LAWSON PARK
THE VIEW FROM THE OBSERVATORY
TABLE 21 AT THE BEACH HOUSE
WEEKEND ARMIES OF GROUSE GRINDERS
SWIMMING AT THE WEST VAN COMMUNITY CENTRE
WINTER STORM SURFING OFF DUNDARAVE BEACH
UNBEARABLY LONG WAITS TO GET ON THE LION’S GATE BRIDGE
JIM MCKENZIE’S BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE MURAL AT 25TH & MARINE
LONGBOARDERS BOMBING THE HILLS
TEENAGERS JUMPING OFF DUNDARAVE PIER
THE BEACH AT WHYTECLIFF PARK
SPOILED TEENAGERS FRUSTRATING COPS IN THE BRITISH PROPERTIES
HIKING THE SEVEN SISTER TRAIL IN LIGHTHOUSE PARK
SEYLYNN BOWL – CANADA’S OLDEST SKATEPARK
LOCAL ART SHOWS AT THE FERRY GALLERY
SECRET CHOCOLATE DRAWERS AT THOMAS HAAS
BRUNCH LINE-UPS AT THE TOMAHAWK CAFE
SHOWS AT THE KAY MEEK CENTRE
WINE EVENTS DURING THE HARMONY ARTS FESTIVAL
CRAB FISHERMEN AT JOHN LAWSON PIER
PERSIAN LADIES – THREE ABREAST – SPEED-WALKING ON THE SEAWALL
GOOD BIRDING IN THE MAPLEWOOD CONSERVATION AREA
CHICKEN PIE AND CHICKEN SANDWICHES AT SAVARY ISLAND PIE COMPANY
BANGERS & MASH AT THE RED LION
PATATAS BRAVAS AT EL MATADOR
PASTRIES, CHOCOLATES, AND COFFEES FROM THOMAS HAAS
KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN WINGS AT OLIVE & ANCHOR
HONEY’S DOUGHNUTS IN DEEP COVE
CHOCOLAT WHIPPED CREAM HOT CHOCOLATES AT DELANEY’S
DUNGENESS CRAB AND SHRIMP TOWER AT THE BEACH HOUSE
DEEP FRIED PICKLES AT THE LITTLE
– In May 1927, a 9pm curfew was established in North Vancouver due to numerous complaints of vandalism.
– Park Royal, opened in 1950, was the first covered shopping centre in Canada. The Guinness family (of Guinness Beer fame) financed its construction.
– The Lions Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the British Empire when it was completed in 1938. The original toll was 5 cents a person, 25 cents for vehicles.
– The SeaBus line of aluminum marine transit vessels, launched in 1977, was the first of its kind in the world.
– Construction of the British Properties, which began in 1932, provided employment for 150 men during the Great Depression.