North Vancouver’s mild-climate and world-class natural beauty makes it the ultimate playground for outdoor recreation enthusiasts.
Photo Credit: Grouse Mountain Resorts
Skiing, Snowboarding & Snowshoeing
North Vancouver is home to not one, but two local ski hills. They are considered two of the best downhill facilities, located in close proximity to an urban centre, in North America.
Host to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, Grouse Mountain features 26 ski and snowboard runs, 14 night runs, 4 chairlifts, 2 terrain parks, and 10km of snowshoe trails and stunning views of the city below. Grouse also boasts North Vancouver’s most extensive snowmaking system.
This family friendly mountain features a covered magic carpet and Tots Area Wonder carpet, perfect for the beginner skier and rider. Mount Seymour’s ski and snowboard terrain includes 40 trails, 5 chairlifts, 4 terrain parks and 11 marked and maintained snowshoe trails.
North Vancouver’s famous mountain backdrop and West Coast rainforests make it one of the best hiking destinations in the world. Whether you are looking for a wilderness stroll or a more strenuous challenge, North Vancouver has adventure waiting for you!
The Baden-Powell Trail is a well-maintained trail spanning 48km. It extends from North Vancouver’s Deep Cove all the way to West Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay, and includes easy, intermediate and more challenging sections. The trail winds through heavily forested areas, and connects with other local trails along the way.
Capilano River Regional Park
The Capilano River Regional Park is not only home to towering coastal trees and steep canyon walls, but also boasts the Capilano Salmon Hatchery and the Cleveland Dam. Enjoy a hike and picnic surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Perhaps North Vancouver’s most famous hike, the Grouse Grind® sees more than 150,000 hikers take on the challenge each year. The Grind may be only 2.9km long, but it packs a serious punch. Also known as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”, the trail travels straight up the face of Grouse Mountain.
Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve
The Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR) is perfect for a leisurely weekend hike or nature walk with the family. Featuring the picturesque Rice Lake and the awe-inspiring Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, LSCR is a great way to get outside with the whole family.
North Vancouver’s mountains have had a massive impact on the sport of mountain biking around the world. Famous for “The Shore” and “Freeriding”, 4 out of the world’s top 11 trails are located right here in North Vancouver.
Mt. Fromme is one of the more popular places for Shore-style riding. The only way to the top of these trails is by foot or pedal power. Trail styles include classic cross-country singletrack and more technical downhill trails.
Mount Seymour’s bike trail network features a number of internationally acclaimed rides. Most of the trails are easily accessible and include trails such as Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, CBC, and Old Buck.
There is no shortage of bodies of water in North Vancouver. Water sport enthusiasts enjoy everything from ocean kayaking and canoeing to wakeboarding, and water skiing in the peaceful ocean waters of Deep Cove and Indian arm. Capilano and Seymour Rivers are also popular for the more adventurous river kayaker.
North Vancouver’s Capilano River provides fishing enthusiasts with some of the best salmon fishing in Metro Vancouver. Look out for Coho salmon in June and July and Steelhead between July and September. Please note that all steelhead salmon are required to be released. You can also fish for trout in Rice Lake.
North Vancouver Recreation Commission
The North Vancouver Recreation Commission is funded in part by the District of North Vancouver and the City of North Vancouver. From just $30 a month, residents enjoy unlimited access to 6 facilities, 9 weight rooms, drop-in sports, public skating, public swimming, guided hiking groups, and more than 150 weekly fitness classes. Members can also take advantage of personal training and specialty and rehabilitation fitness programs.