West Vancouver

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. Here, we focus in on West Vancouver…

THINGS WE’VE SEEN HEREABOUTS

  • Surfing in Dundarave. Really.
  • Dundarave Pier © Scoutmagazine.ca
  • West Van Rec Centre Brent Comber Chair
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  • north shore
  • Sunset North Shore
  • North Shore mushroom foraging field trip with Acorn Staff
  • Morning hike, North Shore.
  • North shore field trip stop #1 Ambleside beach.
  • Ambleside Lagoon, West Vancouver, North Shore
  • Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver
  • Hollyburn Lodge exterior
  • Hollyburn Lodge interior
  • Cypress Tubing
  • West Van Pier in The Early Morning
  • West Vancouver Fountain
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  • Dundarave Beach Fish n' Chips
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  • Trip to The Beach ©Scout
  • spring fair Ambleside
  • Ambleside Park
  • Always take the Scenic Drive
  • West Van Rec Centre 099
  • First time at @temperpastry in West Van. The curried chicken sandwich was perfect pre-hike fuel.
  • Savary Island Pie Co. Hot Chocolate
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  • sunset @ Dundarave Beach
  • Garden gate | West Vancouver
  • West Vancouver
  • Lunch, Savary Island Pie Co.
  • From Dundarave beach in West Van looking west towards Lighthouse Park
  • Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver ©Scout Magazine
  • Wading in at Dundarave Beach
  • Lighthouse park
  • Kids in sand West Van
  • The float at Secret Lake, West Vancouver BC
  • Spring Fair, West Vancouver 02
  • Spring Fair, West Vancouver©Scout 2009
  • West Van Rec Centre - pool
  • Savary Island Pie Co. Soup
  • Dundarave Beach at Sunset #nofilter
  • late sept paddle boarding dog
  • Wave Crashing | West Vancouver Seawall
  • Lions Gate Bridge
  • Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver
  • Lighthouse Park
  • Lighthouse Park
  • Dundarave Beach sunset
  • Kids swimming in the ocean at Dundarave Beach
  • Lighthouse Park

THINGS TO CHECK OUT

PICNICS AT JOHN LAWSON PARK
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 STEEP 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
LOCAL ART SHOWS AT THE FERRY BUILDING GALLERY
WINE EVENTS DURING THE HARMONY ARTS FESTIVAL
CRAB FISHERMEN AT JOHN LAWSON PIER
GO BIG AT PARK ROYAL OR SUPPORT SMALL AT RED HORSES

WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK

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CHICKEN PIE AND CHICKEN SANDWICHES AT SAVARY ISLAND PIE COMPANY 1533 Marine Dr. MAP
BANGERS & MASH AT THE RED LION 2427 Marine Dr. MAP
CHOCOLATE WHIPPED CREAM HOT CHOCOLATES AT DELANEY'S 2424 Marine Dr. MAP
DUNGENESS CRAB AND SHRIMP TOWER AT THE BEACH HOUSE 150 - 25th St. MAP
The best humus in town at Mitra’s 1451 Clyde Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7T 1G1 MAP
Sweet and perfectly executed tastiness from Temper Pastry 2409 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7V 1L3 MAP
Raspberry Coffee Cake at Crema 1495 Bellevue Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7V 3R6 MAP

FASCINATING THINGS OF NOTE

– 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.

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