North Van's main claim to fame is its scenery and parks. Check out the year-round recreation at Grouse Mountain, Lynn Canyon or Mount Seymour. Capilano Canyon Park has both the 670-acre Capilano Lake Reservoir and the beautiful Capilano Suspension Bridge. Lynn Canyon Park also has a suspension bridge plus the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre. Mount Seymour Provincial Park offers superb hiking and picnic areas with incredible views.
On the North Shore, east of the Lion's Gate Bridge is the community of North Vancouver. Catch the BC Transit SeaBus from the Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver, and in 15 minutes you're there! Lonsdale Quay is at the SeaBus terminal on the North Shore and has a pretty market, with boutiques and restaurants. You can head up Lonsdale Avenue, which is North Van's main north-south artery and shopping district.
Annual festivals, events: Lions Parade and Morth Van Folkfest (end of June), 2nd Annual Funky ART CAR Festival (mid-Sept), Edgemont Bavarian Festival (Sept). More Lonsdale photos