North Vancouver

An Affordable and Active Community

The City and District of North Vancouver are located on the North Shore of the Burrard Inlet, stretching east from Lions’ Gate Bridge to Seymour Arm. The entire area is surrounded by the beautiful Coastal Mountain Range.

CITY OF NORTH VANCOUVER

The City of North Vancouver is smallest and most urbanized of the North Shore municipalities. It has significant industry of its own including chemical production, shipping and film production.

The marriage between urban life, industrial development, and accessible wilderness makes this a truly distinctive community. The area is one of the more expensive neighbourhoods in the Greater Vancouver area. There are an abundance of townhouses and condominiums as opposed to single detached dwellings. Real estate prices typiically increase or hold steady, making the area very attractive for home owners and investors. Values are stable, vacancy rates are low, and the proximity to major amenities is excellent.

The high population density has led to the development of many unique shopping districts. The historic heart of the area is Lower Lonsdale. The addition of the SeaBus has reinvented this location making it the go-to place for indie shops and restaurants, including those at Lonsdale Quay, a bustling outdoor Friday-night market and First Nations art boutiques. Other popular shopping districts include Westview Shopping Centre, Capilano Mall and Lonsdale Avenue.

The base of Lonsdale Avenue is home to two of the City’s most notable landmarks, The Pier and Shipbuilder’s Square. The Pier is a beautiful place for residents to wander slowly, take in remarkable views and enjoy the breeze off the ocean. Shipbuilders’ Square commemorates the thousands of men and women who worked in the shipyard from 1906 -1992. The shipyard has recently been transformed into a public space and event venue. Shipbuilders’ Square plays host to community stage concerts, farmers markets, buskers and general festivals which take place regularly throughout the exciting summer season.

The most notable attraction in the The North Shore area is the vast forests and available green space. The City of North Vancouver shares in this privilege with an abundance of parkland designed for cycling and walking. Residents can also strap on their ski boots and hit the slopes at Grouse Mountain or Mount Seymour. If snow is not desired, residents can dawn the latest swimwear and enjoy boating and swimming at the local beaches.

Residents are always offered a vast array of local options for entertainment, but if travel is desired, the City of North Vancouver is connected to Downtown Vancouver by two highway bridges and the SeaBus. West to east travel can be remedied by using the Trans-Canada Highway which runs through the northern part of the city.

DISTRICT OF NORTH VANCOUVER

The District of North Vancouver is bounded by the Capilano River to the west, Indian Arm to the east, Burrard Inlet to the south and the Coast Mountains to the north. The area is characterized by rugged terrain with steep and winding roadways. Although once prevalent, industry is no longer a focus and has now largely been replaced by companies focused on the creation and marketing of high technology. The television and film industry is also lucrative in this area. Filming of the popular series The X-Files took place in North Vancouver for five seasons, with many of its “wilderness” sequences shot in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR).

The area is a true mish mash of forested areas and residential pockets. There is no true urban core, however there are separate commercial neighbourhood centres in Edgemont Village, Upper Lonsdale, Lynn Valley and Deep Cove, to name a few. These locations are comprised of mostly single detached homes built after the 1950s. The areas have individual shopping and restaurant amenities and function as quaint separate entities.

They may be spaced by distance, but residents in the District of North Vancouver gravitate toward similar amenities. The most popular being the Capilano Suspension Bridge with its impressive heart-stopping movable bridge across the Capilano River and unique rainforest canopy walk. Adrenaline can resurge across the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge or tearing down the ski slopes of Grouse Mountain or Mount Seymour. A quieter trek along the Cleveland Dam may offer residents peace after chaos and chance to observe a unique fish hatchery.

The distance between activities, amenities and neighbourhoods requires the use of the Trans-Canada highway that runs directly west to east through the municipality. Locally, there is a bus service available. If a run into Downtown Vancouver is in order, the Lion’s Gate Bridge or the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrow Crossing will get residents to their destinations.

EDUCATION

The school system is shared by the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver. It is comprised of 30 elementary schools, 8 high schools, one francophone school and two independent schools, Bodwell High School and Lions Gate Christian Academy. Post-secondary students have the option of attending the local Capilano University or neighbouring Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.

North Vancouver has the perfect arrangement for residents looking at experiencing culture, history and a complete contrast of natural elements. It is a rare opportunity to experience the top of a mountain, stroll through a rainforest and walk on a beach all in one day. There is no shortage of beauty and cultural richness is this unique area so close to a bustling metropolis.


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