It is pretty hard not to love North Vancouver!
It’s all about the Lifestyle and enjoying Nature’s Best right out your front…or back door.
Check out our Top 10 reasons to live here and see if you don’t agree:
1. The Lifestyle!
North Vancouver is one of Canada’s most active, healthy and creative communities. Residents here value a safe, clean, naturally beautiful environment with easy access to mountains, trails, parks, beaches and more. Arts and culture is an integral part of the well-being of the communities with a strong cultural plan, public art, theatres, galleries, museums, arts programs for all ages.
2. The Neighbourhoods
North Vancouver stretches from the mouth of the Capilano River east along Burrard Inlet to Deep Cove and up Indian Arm. It rises up from the waters to the bases of Grouse and Seymour Mountains. The multiple villages throughout the area provide local shopping, amenities, diverse housing types and great places to meet friends before setting out on an outdoor adventure. Check out neighbourhoods like:
- Edgemont Village, a quaint village off upper Capilano Road, feels like a mountain resort town at the foot of Grouse Mountain. A quick trip up the Grouse Mountain Skyride or a hike up the Grouse Grind will get you to the Grouse Nest & ski runs.
- Lonsdale Avenue, running north from the Seabus terminal on Burrard Inlet up and over Highway 99 to exclusive neighbourhoods of view homes overlooking the Vancouver panorama. Been told it looks like a pirates chest of jewels and gold…not kidding!
- Central Lonsdale where you will find unlimited shops & services, restaurants of all ethnicities, City Hall, Fire, Police and Lions Gate Hospital.
- Lower Londsdale and The Shipyard District right at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue and home to the world renowned Seabus linking directly to downtown Vancouver & Vancouver International Airport. Enjoy the outdoor, covered skating rink and the Lonsdale Quay Market ….something for everyone.
- Lynn Valley Village in the heart of Lynn Valley is bordered by parks and forest and home to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park and the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. It is a hikers and mountain bikers paradise all year round.
- Parkgate Village, along Mount Seymour Parkway, is at the foot of Mount Seymour Ski Resort where you can hike, ski, snowshoe, tube, toboggan and so much more.
- Deep Cove, the most eastern community of North Vancouver is affectionately known as The Cove. A seaside village well known for the Quarry Rock hike, kayaking, paddle boarding, boating up Indian Arm. What more can we say… you just have to go and see for yourself, you definitely won’t want to leave.
3. The Mountains
North Vancouver is home to 2, yes 2, mountain resorts! Completely different experiences offering something for everyone.
Grouse Mountain is easily accessed from Lions Gate Bridge and up Capilano Road. Ride up the Grouse Mountain Skyride for night skiing overlooking the twinkling lights of Vancouver. Check out www.grousemountain.com
Mount Seymour is a 10 minute drive up from Mount Seymour Parkway and is home to family fun for all ages on the ski hills and trails. It is also adjacent to the popular Dog Mountain hike or snowshoe leading you to a bluff overlooking a full panoramic view of Vancouver. Check out www.mountseymour.ca
North Vancouver is home to some of the best local coffee shops around. Coffee aficionados are not disappointed, we take our coffee seriously. We also take our coffee shops seriously and have some funky, cool, hip places to sip your favourite cup of java. Check out these little spots:
- Winston on Lonsdale – Lower Lonsdale
- Lift Breakfast Bakery Ltd – Lower Lonsdale
- Bean on 5th – 5th and Chesterfield
- Andrew’s on Eighth – 8th and St. Andrews
- United Strangers Coffee – Mount Seymour Pkwy & Emerson Way
- Delaney’s – Edgemont Village
- Café Artigiano – Shipyards District
- Nemesis – Paragon Gallery/Lower Lonsdale
- And more…to many to name…
5. Micro Breweries
You can’t be serious about coffee and NOT be serious about your local brew as well!
Check out what they have to say about the Brewery District in North Vancouver.
- Micro breweries have been quietly brewing for a while and have recently become local favourite hot spots in the semi-industrial area of Lower Lonsdale, Lower Lynn Creek on Main Street and Lower Pemberton Heights on Marine Drive. If you like your brew we suggest you get yourself on a little crawl and get to know your neighbours on the outdoor patios. Enjoy a brew or two.
- Greenleaf Brewing – Lonsdale Quay Market
- Beere Brewing Company – Lower Lonsdale
- North Point Brewing – LOLO
- Streetcar Brewing – LOLO
- Black Kettle Brewing – LOLO
- House of Funk Brewing – LOLO
- Shaketown Brewing - LOLO
- Sailor Hagar’ Brew Pub - LOLO
- Wild Eye Brewing – Main Street, Lower Lynn Creek
- Bridge Brewing Company – Main St, Lower Lynn Creek
- Angry Otter Brewery, Tap and Forno – Marine Drive, Lower Pemberton Heights
6. Bike Shops
So, here’s the thing in North Vancouver, if you are serious about coffee and local breweries then you must be serious about what kind of wheels you are riding. North Vancouver is a bike shop mecca so if you want to cruise around on an e-bike or hit the mountain bike trails at the top of Fromme Road you better check in with one of the shops here…you fill find the best bike mechanics who are always ‘service with a smile’… no job too small, they get you back out on there in no time.
- Obsession Bikes
- Steed Cycles
- Reckless Shipyards
- North Shore Bike Shop
- On Top Bike Shop
- Norco Bicycles
- Cove Bike Shop
- Bicycle Sports Pacific –
- City Cycles …. To name just a few
7. Organic and Locally Grown Markets
Keeping up with the healthy lifestyle of North Vancouverites you will find your fair share of organic markets and grocery stores and seasonal farmers markets throughout the area. For year round markets check out:
- Larry’s Market
- Lonsdale Quay Market
- Foxy Farm Market
- Kin’s Farm Market
- Queensdale Market
- Columbus Farm Market
- Choices Market
- Meridian Farm Market
- Loutet Farm
- Parkgate Farm Market
- Persia Food Produce Market
North Vancouver is home to Capilano University offering traditional university programs, including philosophy, English and physics as well as unique fields of study like outdoor recreation management, jazz studies, and motion picture arts.
North Vancouver has 10 options for secondary education and 15 elementary schools focusing on world class instruction while engaging programs to inspire success and bring communities together. A variety of programs include French Immersion, Inclusive Education, Indigenous Education, International Baccalaureate (IB), International Education, North Vancouver Online Learning as well as Artists for kids.
9. Dog Friendly
Is North Vancouver dog friendly? Well, just ask any one of the multitude of dogs you see out with their owners walking, hiking, snowshoeing, having a beer …. or coffee and I think you will hear a resounding YES! Leash and poop scoop laws apply in all areas but the dogs don’t mind, there is enough to keep them busy and happy all day long. Check out: Vancouver North Shore Dog Hikes.
Our favourite topic! As North Vancouver is very attractive to families the market is drive by the ‘move up’ buyer wanting to move from condo living to single family homes as their families grow. Single family homes starting at just under $2 million are hot commodities and that is expected to continue through 2022.
The condo market is driven by first time home buyers and downsizers looking to simplify their lives now that the nest is empty. Average price for a condo is $675, 000 and new townhomes are topping the scale at about $1,000,000.
2022 will remain an active year despite inventory challenges and interest rate increases in all sectors. If you would like more information on the housing market in North Vancouver you can give us a call or fill in the Contact Us form and we will be back to you in a flash.