North Vancouver Real Estate & Homes For Sale
The City of Vancouver is separated from Downton Vancouver by Burrard Inlet to the south. It's surrounded on the north, west and east by the District of North Vancouver. The District of North Vancouver is bordered by the Capilano River and West Vancouver to the west. To the north lie the Coast Mountains and the Grouse Mountain ski resort. It's bounded on the east by the Indian Arm fjord.
The three municipalities of the City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, and neighbouring West Vancouver together are known as the North Shore. The City is fairly densely populated, with single-family dwellings on spacious lots, but there are also many condos, particularly in Lower Lonsdale and Central Lonsdale, which are known as the “downtown” of the North Shore. The District extends north into the North Shore Mountains. The City and District are separate entities; each with their own mayor, town council and operations departments. There are a few shared core services, such as the North Vancouver School District, North Vancouver Recreation Commission and the North Vancouver detachment of the RCMP.
The City of North Vancouver is a waterfront municipality known for its shipbuilding and film production industries and exceptional shopping. Most of the North Shore’s waterfront commercial enterprises, high-rise buildings, and rental properties are located in the City. The Lonsdale Quay Market and the northern terminal for the SeaBus transit ferry to Downtown are in the City of Vancouver. 33 percent of the City's residents live in Lower Lonsdale and 28.6 percent in Central Lonsdale.
The District of Vancouver is the second wealthiest municipality in Canada, with neighbouring West Vancouver as the most affluent. The District is known for its large single-family homes, lower population density and steep mountain roads across the slopes of the North Shore Mountains. The District does wrap around the City, and there's a sizeable industrial base along the shoreline of Burrard Inlet.
The two municipalities of the North Vancouver run at a slower pace, with a more relaxed and friendly atmosphere. With their many unique neighbourhoods, there's a small-town feel you won't get across the bridge in Downtown Vancouver.
The population of the City of Vancouver is 48,196, and the District of Vancouver is 85,395 (2016 census), for a total of 133, 591 residents. The population has grown since the last census, and Townfolio lists it at 138,833 (2019). North Vancouver has a relatively young population, with a median age of 41.2. Seniors (65+) make up 13 percent of the population.
The most popular dwelling size is 4 or more bedrooms, and the least popular is 1 bedroom and studios. The City of North Vancouver has a moderate density, with some residential high-rise buildings in the Central Lonsdale and Lower Lonsdale communities. Homes in the District range from mid-sized family bungalows to large luxury homes on spacious properties, particularly in Capilano/Edgemont, Deep Cove and Upper Lonsdale.
North Vancouver has been gaining popularity with couples planning or starting a family. It's easy to see why. An Angus Reid Global poll found that 85% of residents surveyed rated the North Shore as excellent in terms of safety. This compares very favourably with the Metro Vancouver regional average of 49%. North Van offers all of the amenities of Downtown Vancouver, with excellent shopping and dining. These are Canada's wealthiest subdivisions and the schools are top shelf. But where North Van shines is space; with large homes on spacious lots, a great selection of beaches, parks, trails and recreational facilities. You're always just minutes away from the ocean, trails, and mountains. The vast skiable terrain of Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour are just a short drive up the hill.
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North Vancouver is known as the City of Villages. There are 35 North Vancouver neighbourhoods: 9 in the City of Vancouver, and another 26 in the District. Here are some community highlights.
Blueridge is a family-oriented community with two elementary schools within its boundaries, located at the base of Mount Seymour. Most of the homes are single-family dwellings, with 1% townhomes and 0.5% condos. Blueridge is known for its wide lots on quiet forested streets; many with private cul-de-sacs. Blueridge offers excellent views toward the south and southwest. The northern portion of Blueridge is connected to Lynn Valley by the popular Baden-Powell Trail. The schools are Blueridge Elementary and Seymour Heights Elementary. For recreation, Blueridge residents enjoy the Ron Andrews Rec Centre and Blueridge Park.
Braemar is one of North Van's hidden gems, with high-end homes in an upscale neighbourhood.
Braemar is the most recently developed subdivision in the District of North Vancouver, located at the base of Mount Fromme. The École Braemar Elementary school is located in the community. The homes in Braemar are primarily single-family houses. Braemar's real estate has proven to be a very strong investment.
The Grand Boulevard is a garden devopment, 12 blocks in length, created by a real estate developer back in 1906, with luxury homes surrounding a park. There are three schools in Boulevard: Brooksbank Elementary, Queensbury Elementary and Sutherland Secondary. Grand Boulevard is a large park that spans 6 blocks, running north/south. The Boulevard is made up mostly of single-family homes.
Calverhall is a residential neighbourhood built in the post-war era. Many of the original and renovated bungalows remain, interspersed with custom luxury houses. The hillside homes offer views of Burrard Inlet to the southeast, Downtown Vancouver and Burnaby. Almost all of the homes in Calverhall are single-family residences. Claverhall is known for its quiet streets, backyard lane access and private cul-de-sacs. The community is home to the Park & Tilford shopping centre and its beautiful gardens. It's also the location of North Shore Studios (formerly Lionsgate Films), where many Hollywood movies and TV series have been filmed.
Canyon Heights (District)
Canyon Heights is located at the base of Grouse Mountain, bordered by the Capilano River to the west. The neighbourhood has some of the best schools in North Van: Canyon Heights Elementary, Cleveland Elementary, Montroyal Elementary and Handsworth Secondary School. Most of the homes are single-family houses, with only 1% townhomes and 1% condos. The canyon community is known for its beautifully maintained original houses, West Coast Contemporary homes, breathtaking westerly views and abundance of forested trails. The Capilano Valley and Grand Canyon Suspension Bridge were some of the earliest tourist attractions in North Vancouver. Today, Cleveland Dam and the Capilano Salmon Hatchery are also very popular tourist spots.
Capilano is a small neighbourhood of homes south of Edgemont Village, with quiet streets and private cul-de-sacs. Most of Capilano is made up of single-family homes, with only 10% townhomes and 10% condos. Many of the smaller original ranchers and bungalows are being re-built as large family homes. Its proximity to Edgemont Village, Lions Gate Bridge and Marine Drive make it a very desirable community to live in. Capilano borders Murdo Fraser Park, with its newly renovated playgrounds, 7 tennis courts, picnic area, and a trail that leads up a stairway to Edgemont Village.
Central Lonsdale (CIty)
Central Lonsdale has become one of North Van's most desirable urban hubs, situated between the Burrard Inlet waterfront and the mountains. The community is considered the heart of North Vancouver. Amenities include an excellent selection of restaurants and shops, the Harry Jerome Community Centre, Presentation House Theatre, a very popular skateboard park, and the Lions Gate Hospital and North Shore Hospice. Parks include Mahon Park and Victoria Park. Central Lonsdale has a population of 12,740 (2006), and family income of $65,901 (2006).
70% of the homes in Central Lonsdale are condos, 8% are single-family homes, 12% are townhomes, and the 15% are half duplexes. There are three schools in the community: Carson Graham Secondary South Campus, Queen Mary Elementary School and Queensbury Elementary School.
Deep Cove (District)
Known as "the Cove" by locals, Deep Cove is situated at the foot of Mount Seymour, at the eastern edge of the District. Deep Cove faces east, fronting onto Indian Arm. The community is located near the 2nd Narrows Iron Workers Bridge, offering quick access to Downtown Vancouver. Most of the homes in Deep Cove are single-family residences, 2% are townhomes and 2% are condos. Homes range from older cottages to large waterfront luxury homes with spectacular views.
There are two schools in Deep Cove: Cove Cliff Elementary School and Seycove Secondary School. The eastern portion of the Baden Powell trail connects Deep Cove with the Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge.
Delbrook and Upper Delbrook (District)
Delbrook is a slope-side community, offering excellent views from some of the homes towards the north end. Most homes in Delbrook are single-family houses, 2% are condos and 2% are townhomes. Students attend Braemar Elementary, Larson Elementary, Carson Graham Secondary and the Mountainside Secondary School (MSS) alternative school.
The uppermost streets of Upper Delbrook are at the foot of Grouse Mountain. This neighbourhood is sought after for its proximity to the slopes and amenities, breathtaking city and ocean views, and quiet cul-de-sacs. In Upper Delbrook, the majority of the homes are single-family, with 2% condos. Students K-7 attend Braemar Elementary School, located just outside the boundary, in neighbouring Upper Lonsdale.
Delbrook is a recreational paradise. There are two recreation centres: the new Delbrook Community Recreation Centre and William Griffin Rec Centre. And there are two large sports fields, in Delbrook Park and William Griffin Park. A favourite with hikers and dog lovers, the Mosquito Creek Trail begins at Fell and 16 Avenue and follows the Mosquito Creek Ravine up Grouse Mountain.
Dollarton is a small, secluded community located on the water next to Deep Cove, between the ocean, Cates Park and the Seymour Golf and Country Club. Mount Seymour Provincial Park is minutes away. Almost all of the residences in Dollarton are single-family homes, and 1% are condos. There is one school in Dollarton: Sherwood Park Elementary School. The Dollarton Plaza has a Super Valu, BC Liquor Store and other shops and services. Cates Park is North Vancouver District’s largest seaside park, with a 6km waterfront trail that meanders past sandy beaches and through a forest of mighty Douglas Fir and Bigleaf Maple trees.
Edgemont, formerly known as Capilano Highlands, is one of the most prestigious family-oriented communities in North Van, with some of the most expensive real estate in the North Shore. Edgemont is known for its beautiful tree-lined streets, and of course, the Edgemont Village shopping district. Many of the homes are within walking distance from the Village. Edgemont is also close to major commuter routes.
85% of the homes in Edgemont are single-family houses, 10% are condos and 5% are townhomes. Most of the home are a combination of the original 1950s ranchers, renovated homes and large new Craftsman custom homes. The small pocket of condos and townhomes surrounds the Village. There are two fine schools in the neighbourhood: Highlands Elementary and Handsworth Secondary School. The Capilano Suspension Bridge crosses 230 feet above the Capilano River to a West Coast rainforest and the Treetops Adventure.
Forest Hills (District)
Forest Hills is a small community located at the base of Grouse Mountain and Mount Fromme. Most of the residents in this neighbourhood are near the extensive network of trails ascend the mountains, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Mosquito Creek Park, and Upper Mackay Creek Park. Forest Hills is considered within walking distance of Edgemont Village. Nearly all of Forest Hills' properties are single-family homes. There are three schools in Forest Hills: Canyon Heights Elementary School, Cleveland Elementary School and Handsworth Secondary School. Forest Hills is close to Highland Blvd and Capilano Rd, which both lead to Highway 1.
Grousewoods is at the base of Grouse Mountain, and residents can walk to the Sky Ride or hike up the mountain. It's a newer development, built in the 1980s. The homes have exceptional curb appeal because all of the houses were required to be built in the West Coast Contemporary style, painted in neutral earth tones, with cedar shake roofs. The original style ordinance has expired, and you will see the odd home that stands out from the rest.
Grousewood homes are located on small, quiet cul-de-sacs, and the streets are linked together by a series of wooded trails. The lots are smaller than in most of North Van. Most of the homes in Grousewoods are single-family, with 1% condos and 2% townhomes. This family-oriented neighbourhood has its own large park, with tennis courts. The base of Grouse Mountain is 5 minutes away.
Hamilton & Hamilton Heights (District)
Most of the homes in Hamilton and the Heights are currently single-family residences, 2% are condos, 2% are townhomes and .5% are half duplexes. But that's changing. The community of Hamilton has begun a major upgrade recently, following a successful Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment. The construction of 800 new attached homes along Harbourside Drive was approved. With it will come new amenities and commercial development. Hamilton is a 5-minute walk from the Edgemont Village shopping district.
Indian Arm (District)
Indian Arm is the most searched community online, according to REW.ca. The reason for its popularity is the price. 4 bedrooms homes are commonly priced between $2 and $2.5M. Indian Arm is a very rural neighbourhood, that extends north past Orlomah Beach. The area is known for excellent waterfront views, in a sparsely populated parklike setting in a lush rainforest. Indian Arm is only accessible by boat, so it's not the ideal choice for everyone. Most of the homes in Indian Arm are single-family houses, 10% are townhomes and 2% are condos. The majority of the homes are located right on the water.
Indian River (District)
Indian River is located north of Mount Seymour Parkway, in the northeast corner of North Vancouver, adjacent to Deep Cove. This is a popular community with golfers, with the Northlands and Mount Seymour golf courses just 2 minutes away. Dorothy Lynas Elementary, one of North Vancouver's only French immersion schools, is located in this community. Indian River Park offers a network of trails that meander through the Indian River neighbourhood. The Parkgate Village shopping centre is nearby, in neighbouring Northlands.
Lower Lonsdale (CIty)
Lower Lonsdale is the historic waterfront community of the City of North Vancouver, with its lumber and shipbuilding industries along the Burrard Inlet shoreline, and a ferry connecting North Vancouver with Downtown. Today, the neighbourhood is perhaps best known for the Lonsdale Quay Public Market and SeaBus terminal. Lower Lonsdale is an up-and-coming neighbourhood, and old shipyards are being replaced by condominium complexes, retail outlets, hotels, restaurants and public spaces.
The district is known by locals as "LoLo". Just 12 minutes from Downtown by SeaBus, this trendy neighbourhood is very popular with executives and professionals. It's the most densely populated area in the North Shore, and the fastest growing. The homes in Lower Lonsdale are mostly condos, 15% are townhomes, 5% half duplexes and 2% are single-family homes.
Lynn Valley (District)
The community of Lynn Valley is located just off Highway 1, and extends up the mountainside to Upper Lynn, at the base of Mount Fromme. It's an area known for its tight-knit community, relaxed atmosphere and friendly service in the shops and restaurants. There are three schools in the neighbourhood: Lynn Valley Elementary School, Upper Lynn Elementary School and Argyle Secondary School.
Homes in Lynn Valley are nearly all single-family residences, with 10% townhomes and 5% condos. Lynn Valley has seen a recent rejuvenation, with the construction of the new Lynn Valley Town Centre. The Harry Jerome Community Centre offers an ice arena, wave pool, fitness centre, tennis courts and outdoor skate park. The local trails of Lynn Canyon Park and Lynn Headwaters Regional Park are popular with hikers, runners and cyclists. Popular attractions include the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre and Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, and the Baden Powell trail that connects Lynn Canyon with Grouse Mountain.
The Lynnmour neighbourhood is situated at the north end of the Second Narrows Bridge. It's one of the most affordable neighbourhoods in North Vancouver, with many low priced apartments within walking distance of Capilano University. Lynnmour also has one school: Lynnmour Elementary.
The Seymour Demonstration Forest offers a multi-use trail is part of the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. The wide paved trail is popular with pedestrians, runners, cyclists and inline skaters. Lynnmour homes are mostly townhomes, with 10% single-family homes and 5% condos.
The Norgate neighbourhood is located just south of Marine Drive, minutes from the Lions Gate Bridge. Following the second world war, hundreds of one level rancher homes were built here to accommodate the hundreds of workers at the North Vancouver shipyards. Over the years, newer homes have been added. Almost all of the homes in Norgate today are single-family dwellings, but there are some townhouse and apartment complexes as well. Norgate is one of the most affordable neighbourhoods in North Van.
Norgate has several great recreational options, including Grant Connell Tennis Centre and Norgate Park, with its sports fields. Norgate Community School, within walking distance of Norgate Park, has played a significant role in the community since the early 1950s. Norgate Plaza offers convenient shopping.
Northlands is a neighbourhood that spans a large area made up of the Mount Seymour ski resort and Mount Seymour Provincial Park. This exclusive area is located at the entrance of Northlands Golf Course, east of Deep Cove, and north of the Mount Seymour Parkway. Most of the homes are 3-level custom executive homes, with a Whistler-inspired influence, but there are some townhomes and condos. The large condos are popular with seniors wanting to downsize.
Most of the amenities are within easy walking distance. Northlands locals shop at the Parkgate Village strip mall, which has a grocery store, pharmacy, bank, coffee shops and restaurants. In addition to the Northlands Golf Course, residents enjoy the Park Gate Community Recreation Centre and Parkgate Park.
Pemberton & Pemberton Heights (District)
Pemberton is a small community, on the border of West Vancouver. It's very close to the Lions Gate Bridge, making it a great location for people who work Downtown. It's also close to all the amenities on Marine Drive. The homes in Pemberton and Pemberton Heights are almost all single-family houses, with 5% condos and 2% townhomes. The area south of Pemberton Heights has many large lots with ranchers, as well as some older character homes. Near the Capilano River, the Woodcroft Estates community offers a secure group of six concrete high-rise buildings, with over 1,200 apartment units, built in the 70s on 18 acres.
High above Marine Drive, the community of Pemberton Heights offers a range of housing types; from starter bungalows on large lots, renovated and new builds, to custom-built luxury homes on the ridge, with excellent views. The Heights is a close-knit family community, and you'll see the pride owners have in their neighbourhood in the mature trees that line the streets, beautifully manicured lawns and landscaping. One of the primary attractions in Pemberton Heights is the prestigious Capilano Elementary School. It's one of the few International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) World Schools in the area. Sowden Park offers a children's playground and baseball diamond.
Princess Park (District)
Princess Park is home to a large, beautiful park of the same name. The 15-hectare park offers tennis courts, two playgrounds, open grassy areas, a picnic shelter and forest trails. The quiet residential neighbourhood is situated to the north of 29th Street, between Upper Lonsdale and Lynn Valley. Nearly all of the properties in Princess Park are single-family homes. The majority of the homes were built in the 50s through 70s. Original homes are typically 2-level above ground, but over the years quite a few have been beautifully renovated. Many of the homes are on quiet cul-de-sacs. Carisbrooke Elementary School, in neighbouring Upper Lonsdale, is within walking distance for quite a few of the Princess Park students.
Queensbury has a lot of history. It's one of the first communities to be developed in North Van. It's located below Grand Boulevard and just east of Lower Lonsdale. It's a community that sprang up in 1941 - 1942, to provide wartime houses for the shipyard workers employed by North Van Ship Repairs and Burrard Dry Dock. Most of the homes in Queensbury are single-family homes, and 10% are half duplexes. Many of the wartime homes are still there. Quite a few of the older homes have been replaced over the years, providing a nice mix of old and new. Queensbury's appeal is its proximity to Lonsdale shopping, the expansive Grand Boulevard Park and Second Narrows Bridge. While not right in Queensbury, Brooksbank Elementary School and Ridgeway Elementary School are within walking distance for many students.
Roche Point (District)
Roche Point is a waterfront community in North Vancouver's east side. It's made up of two sections, and there is no road access between one and the other; you have to drive around. Lower Roche Point is accessed from the Dollarton Hwy and Upper Roche Point from the Mount Seymour Parkway. In Roche Point, the majority of the homes are condos, 20% are townhomes and only 10% are single-family homes. The community has some of the most affordable properties in North Van, and the most expensive. Many of the homes offer excellent views of Burrard Inlet.
Roche Point is next to Deep Cove. Homes on the north side of the neighbourhood are within walking distance of Seymour Golf & Country Club. Just north of Roche Point, in Northlands, residents can shop at the Parkgate Village Shopping Centre.
Tempe is the newest neighbourhood in the City of North Vancouver. All of the homes in Tempe are single-family residences, built in the mid to late 1980s. The community is located between Upper Lonsdale and Lynn Valley, and residents enjoy the amenities of both neighbourhoods. Most of the homes are large 2 and 3 level, ranging from 2,500 to 5,000 square feet. The small community has a population of 2,115 (2006). The family income is $114,252, the highest in North Vancouver (2006). While not in Tempe, Boundary Elementary School is just outside the boundary, and within walking distance. The community has a tennis court, park and playground area.
Upper Lonsdale (City and District)
Upper Lonsdale is a suburban community in both the City and District of North Vancouver. The first five blocks, from 25th Street to 29th Street on Lonsdale Avenue are in the City of North Vancouver, and the blocks from 29th Street to Rockland Road are in the District. At Rockland, the elevation is 850 feet above sea level, and in Lower Lonsdale, it's sea level. Located at the Northernmost tip of the Lonsdale Corridor, Upper Lonsdale is one of the more prestigious neighbourhoods in the area.
Most of the homes in Upper Lonsdale are single-family houses, with 10% condos and 5% townhomes. You'll find a wide range of styles, with character homes, mid-century bungalows, new custom builds and multi-suite complexes. The community has some of the largest lots in North Vancouver. There are 3 elementary schools in Upper Lonsdale: École Braemar School, Carisbrooke Elementary School and L'école André-Piolat, a francophone school.
For recreation, residents enjoy Carisbrooke Park, with its playground, and the Harry Jerome Recreation Centre.
Westlynn & Westlynn Terrace (District)
Westlynn and Westlynn Terrace are two neighbourhoods that border Lynn Canyon Park. The communities are separated by Hastings Creek. Westlynn is situated just south of Lynn Valley. Homes are more affordable than those in Lynn Valley, but still close to Lynn Valley Town Centre, the Karen Magnussen Recreation Centre and Lynn Valley Library. To the south of Westlynn, Lynn Canyon Park offers residents hiking, biking and swimming. There's one school in Westlynn: Eastview Elementary School. Nearly all of the homes in Westlynn are single-family residences, with 5% townhomes.
Weslynn Terrace is bordered on three sides by parkland. Westlynn Terrace is made up only of single-family homes. All of the homes are within walking distance of Ross Road Elementary School. Ross Road Elementary offers a French Immersion Program.
Windsor Park (District)
Windsor Park is a quiet neighbourhood of 1,166 residents, situated about halfway between Deep Cove and Seymour River. Almost all of the homes in Windsor Park are single-family residences, most built in the 60s through 80s. Many are located on private cul-de-sacs. Some of the homes provide views of Burrard Inlet. There's one school in the neighbourhood: Windsor Secondary School. Residents enjoy the Ron Andrews Community Recreation Centre. The centre has an indoor pool weight room, fitness centre and squash court.
This secluded community is at the far east end of the District of Vancouver, north of Deep Cove. Almost all of the homes in Woodlands Sunshine are single-family residences. Most are either waterfront or water view properties. To get to this beautiful retreat involves taking a boat, if you have a dock, or making the long drive via Indian River Drive. Deep Cove is nearby, as well as the Mount Seymour ski resort and the Northlands & Seymour Golf Courses.
North Vancouver enjoys a temperate marine climate. The North Shore is often referred to as 'Lotus Land' due to its exceptionally mild weather, due to the ocean currents in the Inlet, and moist air that rises off the Pacific Ocean year-round.
There are slight differences in weather classifications between the City and District. The City of Vancouver has received the Köppen classification Cfb, which is western coast Marine, and the District is classified as Csb, which is western coast Mediterranean. The City of North Vancouver has an oceanic climate (Köppen climate type Cfb), and the District is classified as Mediterranean Csb, with cool dry-summers. Csb zones in the Köppen system include areas normally not associated with the Mediterranean, with Oceanic climates found in much of the Pacific Northwest.
16.57% of North Van's rain falls in November, with an average of 281 mm. January is second, with an average rainfall of 240.5 mm. December has 214.9 mm is the average rainfall. July is the warmest month of the year, with an average temperature of 17.5 °C. January is the coldest month, with an average temperature of 1.6 °C.
The unemployment rate in North Van is 5.1% (2016 census), and that percentage has been going down an average of -0.28% per year over the past 15 years.
Key industries in North Vancouver include chemical production; construction and trade; film, arts and entertainment; health and wellness; tech, engineering and innovation; recreation and tourism; retail and restaurants; ship repair and industry; specialty manufacturing and advanced technology.
Many of the old shipyards have been removed, to enhance the shoreline of the City and District of Vancouver; with trendy shopping strips, restaurants and condo complexes. Other shipbuilding buildings have become successful warehousing and shipping businesses. North Shore Film Studios, formerly known as Lions Gate Films, has produced many successful movies and TV series, putting North Vancouver on the map.
Another industry that is taking off in North Van is brewing and distilling. The area is becoming known for its craft beers, and there has been a push to rename the Shipyards District in Lower Lonsdale. The new approved name is a blend of old and new: the Shipyards Brewery District. There are several North Van distilleries, producing vodka, gin and whisky.
School District 44 of North Vancouver administers the schools of both the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver. There are 25 elementary schools in District 44, enrolling students kindergarten through grade 7. The Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique operates one Francophone school in North Van: école André-Piolat, which has both primary and secondary levels.
Students grades 8 through 12 attend the 7 secondary schools. Windsor House School covers kindergarten through grade 12. And the Continuing Ed SD 44 school enrols students grades 11 and 12.
Capilano University has a campus on Lonsdale and bookstore on Purcell Way. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation. Capilano University's academic programs include career programs which lead to certificates, diplomas, and degrees at the primarily undergraduate level.
North Vancouver has quite a few shopping centres, including Capilano Mall, Dollarton Village, Lonsdale Court, Lonsdale Quay, Lynn Valley Centre, Lynn Valley Village, Northwoods Village, Parkgate Village and Park & Tilford.
Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops is an iconic public market/mall and tourist attraction, located at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue. The quay has over 80 outlets, including food shops, restaurants, retail shops, artisans, and even a boutique hotel. Located on Marine Drive, Capilano Mall is the second-largest shopping mall in the North Shore. The mall has 81 stores and is anchored by Walmart. Park & Tilford Shop & Gardens has 35 stores and is anchored by Save On Foods and Shoppers Drug Mart.
North Van is known as a dining destination, with many ethnic restaurants, bistros, and cozy cafés. A few are deserving of special mention. Tap & Barrel is located in the Shipyards District offers a wide selection of local beers, wines and cocktails, and a diverse menu. The patio is very popular during the summer months. Pier 7 offers some of the best waterfront views of the Vancouver cityscape, with a year-round heated patio, with an upscale seafood menu. Pier 7 serves a West Coast-inspired menu with fresh boat-to-table selections.
The Observatory provides an elegant dining experience atop Grouse Mountain, with sweeping views of Burrard Inlet and the Downtown Vancouver below. This restaurant showcases the finest local British Columbia ingredients in a creative West Coast menu.
There are three ways to get into Downtown Vancouver from North Van. 66.74% of North Vancouver's residents are vehicle drivers. The average trip is about 15 minutes (10.9 km), via the Lions Gate Bridge. Taking the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Bridge instead is about 25 minutes from the waterfront, and as little as 16 from communities like Dollarton. TransLink's 400-seat SeaBus ferries connect North Vancouver with Downtown, with a short scenic 12 minute trip across the inlet. In addition to SeaBus, the City and District of North Vancouver are served by an effective network of buses, with a central station at Lonsdale Quay.
Vancouver Airport (YVR) is 30 minutes (28.9 km), taking Highway 1. And for residents near the waterfront, Grouse Mountain is about 11 minutes (9.2 km), via Highway 1 and Capilano Road; much closer, of course for those who live in the upper District neighbourhoods.
Arts and Entertainment
North Vancouver is deeply steeped in the arts and local culture. Here are a few highlights, drawn from the many
organizations, galleries and venues.
Located in the Shipyards District, the North Vancouver Community Arts Council (NVCAC) enables artists, both established and emerging, to contribute their work. The cultural organization is dedicated to maximizing the intrinsic value of the arts in all media; providing educational art opportunities, coordinates community cultural events, provides guidance and marketing opportunities.
The North Vancouver Museum and Archives (NVMA) preserves and celebrates the unique history of both the City and District of North Vancouver. The staff of the archives locates, collects and preserves records, including public records, archival documents, and photographs.
The Anne MacDonald Studio is located in the oldest building in North Vancouver. The studio is used for auditions, workshops, rehearsals, dance classes and community events. BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts is a 372-seat theatre built to support Capilano University's performing arts programs and to nurture and showcase the university's emerging artists.
Centennial Theatre is a municipally managed theatre owned by the City of North Vancouver is a performance venue for community and professional organizations such as local schools, dance groups and arts organizations. It's also a stage for national and international touring shows. Deep Cove Cultural Centre is a 130-seat studio theatre, and home to the Deep Cove Shaw Theatre and First Impressions Theatre Company. The centre also houses the Seymour Art Gallery and the Deep Cove Heritage Society.
Other notable galleries and venues include the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art, Kay Meek Centre, Presentation House Arts Centre The Studio Theatre and Theatre at Hendry Hall.
North Vancouver's public art collection now numbers over 150 pieces. You'll find sculptures, mosaics, and temporary installations of public art in the City and District parks, along roadways, and along the many nature trails and greenways.
Sports and Recreation
North Vancouver's City and District offer many excellent parks and trails. Of the 47 parks in the City of Vancouver, some of the most popular are Waterfront Park, Mahon Park and Moodyville Park. In the District of Vancouver, there are 29 parks, with some of the most popular being Cates Park, Lynn Canyon Park, Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, Maplewood Farm, the Maplewood Conservation Area, Murdo Frazer Park and Myrtle Park.
North Van is a sports mecca. The City and District offer 16 sports fields, 5 arenas and 3 community recreational centres. There are four golf courses in North Van: Main Street Golf, Murdo Frazer Pitch & Putt, Northlands Golf Course and Seymour Golf & Country Club. And the district has two ski mountains: Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour. The North Shore is also recognized as the mountain biking capital of the world.
Investing in North Vancouver
North Vancouver includes two distinct municipalities: the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver. North Van has the best back yard in Metro Vancouver, with parks, trails, beaches, golf courses, and ski resorts. It's also a shopping and dining destination. It's home to some of Canada's most luxurious real estate, and exceptional schools. The Burrard Inlet waterfront homes and North Shore Spirit Trail offer some of the best views of the water and City of Vancouver.
North Van's City and District are made up of many villages, each with its unique appeal, and small-town feel. Downtown Vancouver is easily accessed by its northern suburbs, via the Lions Gate Bridge, Iron Workers Second Narrows Bridge and SeaBus ferry.
Real estate prices in North Vancouver have been stable for decades, with low vacancy rates. Prices have either been on the increase or held steady, making it a very attractive area to homeowners and investors.
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