North Shore in detail

Planning Tips

Top Tips

If you're fit (or just really keen to save money), you can access the attractions atop Grouse Mountain without having to pay the whole pricey gondola fee. The catch? You'll have to do it by hiking the steep, sweat-triggering Grouse Grind. But you'll still have to pay the $15 gondola charge to get back down.

Local Experiences

  • Alternative Suspension Bridge Capilano is a huge draw for many visitors but locals prefer the smaller, less-crowded 'other bridge' at Lynn Canyon Park. It's also free.
  • Brunch Time If last night's excesses have made you hungry for a hair-of-the-dog brunch, join the locals for French toast at Lift Breakfast Bakery.
  • Night Market Everyone in the area seems to hang out at the Friday evening May-to-September Shipyards Night Market where live music and food trucks foster a festive vibe.
  • Birding A delightful nature escape surprisingly close to the city, Maplewood Flats Conservation Area is a rustic tangle of trees and pathways where you'll often spot eagles, ospreys and more.