Nestled between breathtaking mountains and the ocean, North Vancouver has an ideal mix of nature and urban amenities.
Are you considering a move to Vancouver's North Shore? Here are 10 reasons why North Vancouverites love living here.
1. Panoramic Views
The natural beauty of the North Shore is second to none. Take a short drive up Mount Seymour or Cypress Mountain and enjoy the scenic pullouts. Or, ride up the Skyride Gondola at Grouse Mountain to get above it all.
2. A Healthy, Active Lifestyle
North Vancouver's nature inspires many people to get outside and be active. Opportunities for walking, hiking, biking, kayaking/paddleboarding, and snow sports are endless in North Van. With three ski areas and a network of connected forest trails, there are endless opportunities to exercise.
3. Plenty of Urban Parks and Green Spaces
The City and District of North Vancouver have many parks for residents to enjoy.
Waterfront Park in Lower Lonsdale provides ocean and cityscape views. The Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve has a variety of trails in excellent condition. Cates Park near Deep Cove has large grassy areas and a great playground for kids. The Capilano Hatchery features plenty of walking trails and the occasional salmon during spawning months.
In North Vancouver, parks are usually a short walk away, making the area fantastic for anyone looking to get away for a break.
4. Endless Food and Drink Options
From bustling patios to tasty international cuisine, foodies and craft beer lovers will love North Vancouver. The Lower Lonsdale area has fantastic craft beer establishments in the Beer Row district. There are plenty of mouth-watering Japanese, Thai, Chinese, and Indian food options on both Lonsdale Avenue and the Lonsdale Quay waterfront market.
5. A Thriving Arts & Culture Scene
The North Shore Art Crawl is a two-day annual event where artists open their gallery doors to showcase their work. The Polygon Gallery is an architectural masterpiece on the water and is the perfect place to take in a free gallery show. The Museum of North Vancouver, or MONOVA, chronicles the area's history and brings it to life.
6. Proximity to Downtown Vancouver
Many parts of Metro Vancouver are too far from downtown to make visiting the downtown core practical. Not so for North Van. Simply cross one of two bridges in your car or on your bike, or hop on the Seabus ferry at Lonsdale Quay, and you'll be over in no time.
7. Excellent Schools
North Vancouver is known to have schools, teachers, and graduation rates that are very good. A variety of public and private educational options are available for residents.
8. The Shipyards District
Shipyards is a waterfront area near Lonsdale Quay featuring a variety of restaurants, attractions, and live music, weekly markets in the summer. Park the car and spend the day visiting galleries, stopping by one of several ice cream parlours, shopping at one-off stores, and exploring the green spaces along the waterfront.
A public covered skating rink with rentals is available during winter, and it converts to a water park when summer arrives. Views of the cityscape from the pier are stunning, especially at sunset as the city lights begin to glow.
9. Shopping Galore
Park Royal Shopping Centre, one of Canada's nicest malls, is a short drive from North Vancouver for those seeking a unique indoor and outdoor shopping mix. There is plenty of parking available and a terrific mix of stores to visit.
10. The Ocean
From fjord-like Indian Arm to waterfront views at Lonsdale Quay, the ocean is a significant draw for moving to the North Shore. Water sports lovers will be at home here as everything from sailing to kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding are available on The Shore. Equally as popular is pulling up a camping chair to cool off your feet in a creek or the ocean during the heat of summer.
Ready to Enjoy the North Vancouver Lifestyle?
No matter your motivation, North Vancouver is a terrific place to live. It has the perfect mix of natural beauty and urban amenities.
If you are interested in buying or selling a home in North Vancouver, contact Roland Kym today. You can reach him by phone at (604) 970 0393 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.