The District of North Vancouver is close to downtown Vancouver and is connected to the North Shore by two bridges, the Lions’ Gate Bridge and the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing and the Sea bus passenger ferry. North Vancouver is surrounded on three sides by the District of North Vancouver. The District is bounded by the Capilano River to the west, Indian Arm to the east, Burrard Inlet to the south and the North Shore Mountains to the north. North Vancouver is known as the North Shore or North Van and offers stunning views overlooking Howe Sound, the Burrard Inlet and the coast mountains. Families are attracted to this location for the outdoor lifestyle and recreation that the North Shore is famous for. It is recognized as the unofficial world mountain biking capital; famous for skiing and snowboarding at Cypress, Mount Seymour and Grouse Mountain; and scenic hiking trails at the Lynn Canyon Regional Park and Baden Powell Trail. Lower Lonsdale is very trendy and popular with young professionals looking for a vibrant lifestyle. Here you will find boutiques, specialty food stores, restaurants, antique stores and galleries making “LoLo” appealing to everyone. The Lower Lonsdale area is steeped with history and bursting with shops that capture the unique spirit of the North Shore. Take in the several open community spaces like Waterfront Park, the Lonsdale Quay, Shipbuilders’ Square and Burrard Dry Dock Pier.
For thousands of years, the Indigenous Squamish and their kin Tsleil-Waututh of the Coast Salish lived in the land known as North Vancouver. Just over 200 years ago, they had their first glimpse of the Europeans. The Spanish arrived first, giving their name to Vancouver’s Spanish Banks and in 1792, Captain George Vancouver explored the local shores. But it was not until 1862 that the first attempt was made to harvest the North Shore’s rich stands of timber, leading to fuller settlement of the area that would later become North Vancouver. Wallace Shipyard operated at the lower end of Lonsdale and was one of the country’s main warship producers during WWII.