The North Shore is one of the best views when you're downtown in the heart of Vancouver. The snow capped mountains, glossy waters and boats that float in the water are a few elements that make the view of North Vancouver so appealing. You can easily access the North Shore by taking the Lions Gate Bridge, or hopping on the Seabus and landing at Lonsdale Quay.
Lonsdale isn't on the list because so many people know about it and already have it on their itinerary. Think of it as Granville Island's younger cousin where you can go and pick up some tasty treats, a bottle of wine or some fresh flowers. It's a delightful little spot!
Grouse Mountain is one of the biggest attractions on that side of the bridge and many people flock there during the summer months to take advantage of the Grouse Grind. The Grind is not for the weak at heart and is a good challenge for even some of the best athletes. If you're not into that, not to fret because there are plenty of other things to do while you're on Grouse Mountain. And, the gondola ride up is in itself one of the best views of the city.
Lighthouse Park is a little drive from the city, but well worth the visit out there. It's a fairly easy trail and you will often see people with their four legged friends, so if you have yours with you, feel free to bring them along. It's also the perfect place to pack a picnic, find a flat area and enjoy the views of Bowen Island and the Pacific Ocean that is sprawled across in front of you.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is also another favorite thing to do and though it's not far from the city, you really feel as though you're in a different world because of the huge rain-forest that surrounds you. It's a really beautiful spot.
6400 Nancy Greene Way
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3735 CAPILANO RD
Vancouver's oldest bridge that screams adventure...
South of Highway 1/99, on the mouth of Burrard Inlet
270 Whonoak St
3945 Myrtle Street
West Coast Sightseeing