Transportation

North Vancouver businesses and residents are easily connected to Metro Vancouver, the Sea to Sky region, and the rest of the world by road, rail, sea, air, and trail.

Road
  • Roads are well maintained, and part of the area is laid out in a grid plan. In many parts of North Vancouver, streets run east-west and avenues run north-south.
  • North Vancouver connects to Downtown Vancouver and other Greater Vancouver areas (including Burnaby) by the Second Narrows Ironworkers’ Memorial Bridge (6 lanes) and the Lions Gate Bridge (3 lanes).
  • Highway 1 (referred to locally as the Upper Level Highway) is a key connection between North Vancouver and the rest of the Lower Mainland to the south, and continues north to Whistler along the Sea-to-Sky Highway (Highway 99).
  • Translink operates passenger bus routes throughout North Vancouver, with east-west connections from the Lions Gate Bridge to the Second Narrows Ironworkers’ Memorial Bridge along Marine Drive and Main Street. The north-south routes run along Lonsdale Avenue and help connect the Lonsdale Quay to Lynn Valley Centre.
  • There are five major border crossings between the Greater Vancouver Region and the USA, while bilateral agreements between Canada and the USA provide easy access to all major North American markets. Border crossings include: Peace Arch, Pacific Highway 15, Huntingdon, Boundary Bay, and Aldergrove.
Rail
  • Trains, as well as Greyhound buses, arrive at the Pacific Central Station (1150 Station St) in Downtown Vancouver. From April to October, the Whistler Mountaineer train offers luxurious, scenic service between the North Vancouver rail station (corner of Philip Ave and West 1st St) and Whistler.
  • While the Canada Line does not offer direct service to the North Shore, it is a convenient way to get here. Simply take the 26-minute train ride from Vancouver International Airport to the Waterfront Station, and transfer to the Seabus.
Sea
  • The Translink operated SeaBus passenger ferry connects North Vancouver to Downtown Vancouver at the Lonsdale Terminal, with one-way trips taking just 12 minutes. At the Downtown Vancouver terminus, commuters and visitors can link directly to the Expo, Millennium and Canada Skytrain lines, and to the West Coast Express commuter rail service.
  • BC Ferries runs daily services from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver (10 minute drive from North Vancouver), connecting North Vancouver visitors and residents to to Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, and Bowen Island.
Air
  • Vancouver Airport Authority is the operator of Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Canada’s second-busiest airport and gateway from the Americas to Asia. In 2015, YVR’s served more than 20 million domestic and international passengers and 271,774 tonnes of cargo. Getting to and from the YVR and North Vancouver is less than 30 kms, and can take less than 45 minutes. At YVR, visitors can obtain rental cars or taxi transportation to North Vancouver. The journey takes about 45 minutes by car.
Trail
  • Traveling by bike or on foot? The new Spirit Trail will connect the westernmost and easternmost points of the North Shore, from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove.
  • North Vancouver’s famous mountain backdrop and West Coast rainforests make it one of the best hiking destinations in the world.