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
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
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.