North Vancouver: A Neighborhood for the Elite
Framed by the majestic North Shore Mountains, North Vancouver offers premium access to nature along with the urban pleasures. Think about the thrill of mountain biking or hiking through nature parks laden with archaic rainforest. Enjoy skiing at the mountains showcased in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. An idyllic neighborhood to call home, North Vancouver is nestled between the Burrard Inlet, Coast Mountains, Indian Arm and the Capilano River. With its unparalleled natural beauty, a unique community, lively arts scene and popular outdoor destinations, this north shore district is indeed one of Canada’s treasures.
After the construction of the Lions Gate Bridge and the Second Narrows Bridge in the 1930s, North Vancouver boomed in its residential areas. Nowadays, just a few minutes from Downtown, the population is reaching up to 85,000. Although population doubles in nearby districts, North Vancouver still has the lowest population density in North Shore, with most residents in single family housing.
Housing in North Vancouver can be a bit pricey, making it home to most of the city’s affluent people. Most residential properties in the area are owned rather than rented and the population is generally made up of families, retirees and professionals. But the area’s affluence hasn’t materialized as high rises and big box stores.
Shopping and Entertainment
The epitome of the community’s down-to-earth and charming ambience can be seen in Edgemont Village. The neighborhood is considered as the main activity hub for residents and is home to around a hundred locally owned stores and restaurants. During the warm days of summer, Edgemont Village comes alive with outdoor celebrations and public concerts such as the Wild Lights Lantern Festival in August.
The city’s shopping districts offer a wide range of food choices, trendy boutiques and service centers. Marine Drive and Capilano Mall have more than 100 shops and services for locals and guests to enjoy. Among the most notable shopping destinations include the Lynn Valley Center, Deep Cove and Edgemont Village.
North Vancouver offers a plethora of outdoor destinations and attractions, making it a paradise for many outdoor enthusiasts. Grouse Mountain and Seymour Mountain provide year-long events and activities such as snowboarding, snowshoeing, zip lining, skiing, hiking and many more. The top portion of the Grouse Mountain is frequently transformed to accommodate family activities like lumberjack shows during the summer and sleigh rides in winter. Among the most popular outdoor attractions include the Lynn Canyon and Capilano Suspension Bridges, Capilano Salmon Hatchery and the Cleveland Dam.
You need to cross the Second Narrows Bridge or Lions Gate Bridge to get to North Shore. But with an established bus system and easy access to Trans Canada Highway, it is now easier to go around other regions of the Greater Vancouver area. North Vancouver is also served by passenger ferries all year long.
North Vancouver educational institutions are under School District 44. The body serves around 38 schools, both in the District and North Vancouver. Most of its residential areas get to enjoy easy access to an elementary school or high school. North Vancouver is also home to the Capilano College and offers students a wide variety of career programs.