Vancouver’s
North Shore

There’s an après beer for everyone in the big city’s outdoor playground.

This is where the metropolis meets BC’s mighty outdoors. Vancouver’s North Shore is built on the lower slopes of mountains that rise almost a mile high out of the sea, while long valleys stretch from residential areas into wild backcountry. Both offer numerous opportunities for hiking, mountain biking and climbing. When the snow falls, Vancouver’s skiers and boarders come here to play; and for après, there’s a handful of diverse local breweries whose beers pair with every season.

Bordered by narrow inlets and the southern edge of the steep Coast Mountains, Vancouver’s North Shore is defined by its geography. Its mountains boast three excellent winter resorts – Mount Seymour, Grouse Mountain and Cypress Mountain, the latter a venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games – that offer year-round activities, easy access to backcountry and jaw-dropping views of the city, sea and mountains.

These peaks drop into deep glacial valleys featuring dozens of forest trails through towering trees, and dramatic gorges spanned by spectacular bridges at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and Lynn Canyon Park. For those who prefer staying at sea level, the community of Deep Cove is an idyllic departure point for kayak adventures up Indian Arm.

Connected to the rest of Metro Vancouver by two iconic bridges over the Burrard Inlet – the graceful Lions Gate and the Ironworkers Memorial that carries Highway 1 – and a commuter ferry that affords panoramic views of the harbour and downtown skyline, Vancouver’s North Shore enjoys a comparative isolation from the sprawl.

It was here that craft beer first found a foothold in Canada, when the Horseshoe Bay Brewery began brewing Bay Ale for the Troller Bay Pub in 1982. The country’s first microbrewery is long gone, but its legacy lives on in the distinctive North Shore breweries that now provide fresh, flavourful beer for their communities and visitors.

But these breweries offer much more than a simple pint. There are craft cocktails as well as craft beer at Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers, beer-friendly tacos at Bridge Brewing, a diverse menu featuring wood-fired pizza at Tap and Forno restaurant, and a great community vibe at Black Kettle Brewing. Green Leaf Brewing is the perfect spot to enjoy a flight while you wait for the next Seabus (or the next one after that…) and Wildeye Brewing’s big, welcoming tasting room has lots of tables for socializing and catching up with friends. 

Several breweries have also opened recently as part of the fresh new Shipyards Brewery District, including: Beere Brewing, Streetcar Brewing, North Point Brewing and House of Funk Brewing. And Bridge Brewing recently opened its first off-site restaurant, the Lonsdale BridgeDeck.

Clearly, return visits to Vancouver’s North Shore are mandatory.

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Day 1

restaurant
Olive & Anchor
6418 Bay St, West Vancouver, BC

With a menu of internationally-inspired west coast cuisine and a view of Horseshoe Bay, Olive & Anchor is a great stop for a home-made style breakfast featuring fresh, local and sustainable produce.

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Sewell’s Marina Sea Safari
6409 Bay St, West Vancouver, BC

Fully immerse yourself in Howe Sound’s rugged natural beauty with a two hour high speed guided boat tour. Make sure you have your camera ready to capture the epic coastline of Vancouver’s picturesque backyard.

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The Troller Ale House
6342 Bay St, West Vancouver, BC

Troller House has a long history of championing craft beer - in 1982 it became the first Canadian pub to serve micro-brewed beer since prohibition ended in the ‘20s. You’ll have plenty of local brews to choose from at this relaxing gathering place for the Horseshoe Bay community.

liquor-store
6406 Bruce Street, West Vancouver, BC

A small, but magical community beer cave in spectacular Horseshoe Bay, gateway to Bowen Island, Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. Our store is like a treasure chest full of unique and hard to find liquid gold and our proximity to the BC Ferry makes your wait an interesting and worthwhile experience.

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Walk along the West Vancouver Centennial Seawall
2240 Bellevue Ave, West Vancouver, BC, West Vancouver, BC

This popular seawalk offers scenic views of Burrard Inlet, the Coast Mountains and the Vancouver skyline - watch as ships travel under the Lions Gate Bridge.

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Capilano Suspension Bridge
3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC

Capilano Suspension Bridge crosses towering evergreens and cedar-scented rainforest air. Seven suspended footbridges offering views 110 feet above the forest floor.

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Hearthstone Tap & Forno
1015 MARINE DR, North Vancouver, BC

Exclusive craft beers and slow-baked regional cuisine al forno. A warm and welcoming dining and drinking atmosphere.

brewery
720 Copping St #106, North Vancouver, BC

Get a feel for North Van’s beer community at this super-friendly brewery.

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Lonsdale Quay Hotel
123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver, BC

Surrounded by nature, perched on the waterfront and tucked in a vibrant market.

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Looking to spend some more time outdoors? Try Hiking and Mountain biking on Cypress, Fromme and Seymour Mountains. To experience the community in Vancouver’s North Shore, enjoy Night Markets at the Shipyard or one of the many festivals in the area. For an iconic plate of fish and chips to keep you going throughout your travels, swing by Troll’s Restaurant in Horseshoe Bay.

Day 2

cafe
Nemesis Coffee Polygon
101 Carrie Cates Ct #110, North Vancouver, BC V7M 3J4, North Vancouver, BC

A sustainability-focused cafe, Nemesis features a rotating list of seasonal top tier, micro-roasted coffee from around the world offering a wide range of flavours for every palette.

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Grouse Mountain
6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC

Rising 1,250 metres above Vancouver’s North Shore, Grouse Mountain is a four season destination with views that will take your breath away.

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Tap & Barrel Shipyards
8 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, BC

Innovative on-tap beverage program exclusively serving BC craft beer. Seasonally inspired and locally sourced whenever possible to showcase the best of the province. This location features a large dining room with two mezzanines that overlook the lively lounge.

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Lonsdale Quay Market
123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver, BC

A waterfront public market featuring over 80 locally owned and operated businesses. Home to festivals and community events all throughout the year.

brewery
123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver, BC

The North Shore’s waterfront brewery is located in the Lonsdale Quay market. Perfect for watching the Seabus come and go.

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The Shipyards District
125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC

The Burrard Dry Dock Pier is a North Vancouver landmark and a must-see. The Pier extends 700 feet over Burrard Inlet, and offers 360-degree views of the North Shore and Vancouver skylines. Also included in the area is Shipyards Commons (ice skating in winter and splash park in summer

brewery
350 E Esplanade, North Vancouver, BC

If you like a little funk in your beer, you’ve come to the right place. Every brew spends time fermenting or conditioning in wood.

brewery
312 Esplanade E, North Vancouver, BC

With a name like Beere, it was only a matter of time before this father and son opened their own brewery.

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The Lobby Restaurant at Pinnacle at the Pier
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC

A fun, casual restaurant in North Vancouver’s historic shipyard, The Lobby offers a modern flare to west coast favourites and features fresh, sustainable ingredients.

accomodation
Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC

Beautiful views of the Burrard Inlet paired with amazing amenities (including two onsite restaurants), Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier promises an exceptional stay in Vancouver’s North Shore.

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The Shipyards hosts events and festivals throughout the year with a number of restaurants and shops like Larry’s Market, Reckless Bike Stores, and Welcome Parlour. In the summer, The Shipyard Commons transforms into a splash park – and into an outdoor skating plaza in the winter.

Day 3

restaurant
Lift Breakfast Bakery Ltd
101 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, BC

A North Vancouver staple, Lift on Lonsdale offers a wide selection of fresh pastries and artisan bread, as well as breakfast, brunch, and amazing coffee.

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Lynn Canyon Park
3663 PARK RD, NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, North Vancouver, BC

A great location for a family picnic, a leisurely hike, or a refreshing swim in one of the many popular swimming holes. The park features a suspension bridge that sways 50 meters above the canyon.

brewery
1448 Charlotte Rd, North Vancouver, BC

Span a variety of styles in Bridge’s cosy tasting room, with a taco or three for company.

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Deep Cove Kayaking
2156 BANBURY RD, North Vancouver, BC

Hourly, daily and multi-day rentals, lessons & tours for kayaks, stand up paddleboards, canoes and surfskis. A one of a kind experience on the water.

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120 - 1133 Mt. Seymour Road, North Vancouver, BC

Located at the base of Mt. Seymour, Spirits of Mt. Seymour has one of the finest selections of BC and International craft beers, BC VQA and imported wines, single malt scotches as well as your favourite, go-to beer and liquor beverages.

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2270 Dollarton Hwy #170, North Vancouver, BC

Craft beer, craft cocktails, a finely crafted menu and community events await at Deep Cove.

liquor-store
210 - 720 Old Lillooet Road, North Vancouver, BC

Conveniently located just off of the Second Narrows bridge (exit 22) next door to locals' favourite, Seymour’s Pub, in beautiful North Vancouver. We offer friendly customer service and a large selection of local BC craft beers.

accomodation
Seaside Hotel North Vancouver
130-125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC

A unique and stylish stay, Seaside Hotel Vancouver offers a luxurious experience paired with stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and snow-capped North shore mountains.

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Looking for more suggestions? Explore the picturesque West Coast village of Deep Cove for outdoor adventure, local shopping, and very delicious eats! Still thirsty for craft drinks? Visit one of the North Shore’s craft distilleries like The Woods Spirit Co and Sons of Vancouver Distillery.

Day 4

restaurant
Tomahawk Restaurant
1550 Philip Ave, North Vancouver, BC

Open since 1926 and Vancouver’s first drive-in restaurant, Tomahawk Barbeque is a North Shore institution known for their legendary Yukon Style Bacon and Eggs and impressive collection of West Coast Indigenous artifacts.

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Takaya Tours - First Nations Canoe & Kayak Adventures
Cates Park, 4141 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver, BC

This First Nation owned eco-tourism venture specializes in guided ocean-going canoe and sea kayak tours. Explore the protected waters of the Burrard Inlet as guides from the Coast Salish nation sing songs, tell legends, and outline the history of their traditional territory.

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1385 Main Street, North Vancouver, BC

Just moments from the Ironworkers Bridge or the mountains, Wildeye is the ideal place to plan your next North Shore adventure.

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Exploring the North Shore Spirit Trail

The North Shore Spirit Trail winds its way from through North Vancouver, along a 35km stretch of fully accessible greenway with beautiful views of the historic North Shore waterfront.

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123A 1st St E, North Vancouver, BC

Celebrating local history one beer at a time, Streetcar is tucked away on Lolo Lane about a hundred steps from Lonsdale Avenue.

brewery
266 1st Street East,, North Vancouver, BC

Founded by three best friends who loved hanging out at a cabin every summer, North Point aims to evoke #cabinlife in its cozy, warm tasting room.

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Jägerhof Restaurant
71 Lonsdale, North Vancouver, BC

With a menu of German/Austrian/Swiss food and decor match, pop into the Jägerhof and be transported into Alpine Europe! Be sure to check online for their weekly line up of live music.

accomodation
Holiday Inn & Suites North Vancouver
700 OLD LILLOOET RD, North Vancouver, BC

Relax, reconnect or take a dip in the pool. Located at the base of the North Shore mountains.

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The North Shore is home to free and fun events year-round. Check out the events calendar to see what’s happening during your visit! The Shipyards Night Market takes place every Friday from May-September, The Harmony Arts Festival is nine days of arts, music, and culinary experiences every August, Caribbean Days, one of the largest cultural events in BC take place each July, and to continue your craft beer explorations Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week takes place every October.

restaurant
Olive & Anchor
6418 Bay St, West Vancouver, BC
activity
Sewell’s Marina Sea Safari
6409 Bay St, West Vancouver, BC
pub
The Troller Ale House
6342 Bay St, West Vancouver, BC
liquor-store
6406 Bruce Street, West Vancouver, BC
activity
Walk along the West Vancouver Centennial Seawall
2240 Bellevue Ave, West Vancouver, BC, West Vancouver, BC
activity
Capilano Suspension Bridge
3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC
restaurant
Hearthstone Tap & Forno
1015 MARINE DR, North Vancouver, BC
brewery
720 Copping St #106, North Vancouver, BC
accomodation
Lonsdale Quay Hotel
123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver, BC
cafe
Nemesis Coffee Polygon
101 Carrie Cates Ct #110, North Vancouver, BC V7M 3J4, North Vancouver, BC
activity
Grouse Mountain
6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC
restaurant
Tap & Barrel Shipyards
8 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, BC
activity
Lonsdale Quay Market
123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver, BC
brewery
123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver, BC
activity
The Shipyards District
125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC
brewery
350 E Esplanade, North Vancouver, BC
brewery
312 Esplanade E, North Vancouver, BC
restaurant
The Lobby Restaurant at Pinnacle at the Pier
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC
accomodation
Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC
restaurant
Lift Breakfast Bakery Ltd
101 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, BC
activity
Lynn Canyon Park
3663 PARK RD, NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, North Vancouver, BC
brewery
1448 Charlotte Rd, North Vancouver, BC
activity
Deep Cove Kayaking
2156 BANBURY RD, North Vancouver, BC
liquor-store
120 - 1133 Mt. Seymour Road, North Vancouver, BC
brewery
2270 Dollarton Hwy #170, North Vancouver, BC
liquor-store
210 - 720 Old Lillooet Road, North Vancouver, BC
accomodation
Seaside Hotel North Vancouver
130-125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC
restaurant
Tomahawk Restaurant
1550 Philip Ave, North Vancouver, BC
activity
Takaya Tours - First Nations Canoe & Kayak Adventures
Cates Park, 4141 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver, BC
brewery
1385 Main Street, North Vancouver, BC
activity
Exploring the North Shore Spirit Trail
brewery
123A 1st St E, North Vancouver, BC
brewery
266 1st Street East,, North Vancouver, BC
restaurant
Jägerhof Restaurant
71 Lonsdale, North Vancouver, BC
accomodation
Holiday Inn & Suites North Vancouver
700 OLD LILLOOET RD, North Vancouver, BC
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Vancouver’s North Shore, located just 15 minutes by car or seabus from downtown Vancouver, is more than just a spectacular backdrop for one of the world’s most scenic cities. It’s teeming with life, wild and urban, and the possibilities of what to do with your time here are endless.

With ocean activities such as kayaking and stand up paddle-boarding, golf courses, world-class skiing and snowboarding, and endless hiking and biking trails for all levels, the outdoor enthusiast will find the only thing lacking is enough time to do it all. After exploring the great outdoors try visiting one of the many community shopping and gallery districts or check out the local culinary scene with restaurants ranging from night-market food trucks, waterfront patio’s with views of the ocean and city skyline, to local tap houses and craft breweries.

Speaking of craft breweries, Vancouver’s North Shore is currently home to 10 craft breweries and is expected to see several more soon. Our distinctive craft brewers offer unique and creative beers that are sure to impress!

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