Autumn is here and with it comes back to school, cooler (but still sunny) days, leaves changing colours and, if you’re visiting Vancouver’s North Shore, no shortage of activities and fun things to do. Spend the day, or the weekend, and get to know life on the North Shore. You’ll be glad you did!


Go Fishing
Have you ever dreamed of catching the “big one”? On Vancouver’s North Shore, the “big one” is salmon and fall is the perfect time to reel one in. Book a salmon fishing charter with Sewell’s Marina in Horseshoe Bay and let their expert fishers guide you to their secret spots for an afternoon of salmon fishing surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery.


Head for the Hills
The North Shore is renowned for being a hikers paradise. The local mountains are crisscrossed with trails suitable for all abilities. Feel like an easy walk through scenic forest? Try hiking to Goldie Lake. This family-friendly trail atop Mount Seymour takes about 2 hours to complete and rewards hikers with a stunning mountaintop lake set amidst the trees. If you’re looking for a challenge, try the hike up Mount Strachan. For intermediate hikers only, the trail involves some steep scrambling, but those who persevere will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Howe Sound and backcountry mountains.


Search for Salmon
It’s salmon season on the North Shore, which means that the Capilano River Hatchery will be jumping! Spend a couple of hours wandering around the hatchery and the trails and learn all about the life cycle of salmon. Keep an eye on the river as it’s not unusual to see the salmon making their way up the fish ladder, and be sure to visit the “Fishway” in the observation gallery for a close-up look at just how hard these fish work to get back to their spawning grounds. Best of all, the hatchery is always free to visit.Salmon at the Capilano River Hatchery, North Vancouver

Photo: Colin Knowles via Flickr

Shop Local
Shop outside the box with a visit to the Etsy Vancouver Market. This popular market is being held September 24 & 25 at The Pipeshop in North Vancouver and promises a shopping experience like no other. Vendors are exclusively from the Etsy Vancouver community and include local crafters, artisans, vintage goods, clothing and tasty treats. Get a jump on your Christmas shopping, or pick up something special for yourself!


It’s a Party in the Park
The District of North Vancouver turns 125 years old this year and to celebrate they’re throwing a Party in the Park! Everyone is welcome at Cates Park for a day of fun activities, non-stop entertainment, great food and a beverage garden. The kid’s zone will have a bouncy slide, face painters and a climbing wall, while the whole family will enjoy the ‘Show & Shine’, the artisan’s village and the chance to meet the BCSPCA’s most adoptable dogs. Be sure to plan on staying for lunch as, in addition to Wally’s Burgers, some of Vancouver’s best food trucks will be rolling in to serve up locally made, delicious food.


Celebrate North Vancouver’s Waterways
Walk, bike or roll from creek to creek to celebrate World River’s Day on Vancouver’s North Shore. Pick up a passport at the North Shore Stream Keepers booth at Heywood Park and visit eight interactive stations as you wind your way to Mosquito Creek at Bewicke Park. Learn about the importance of the creeks and streams for ourselves and our environment, add your personal touch to a huge mural, tour the salmon hatchery, ride a zip line and help preserve our parks by pulling invasive plants. Collect every stamp and there just might be a prize at the end!


Visit a Farmers Market
Farmers Markets aren’t just a summer thing! The markets on the North Shore run until the end of October and while tomatoes, corn and strawberries might not be on offer there are plenty of gorgeous fall vegetables available. Think kale, apples, butternut squash and beets, to name just a few. And there’s more than produce. Be sure to take some time to check out the honey, jams, salsas and unique BC craft items.

Lonsdale Artisan Farmer's Market, North Vancouver

Photo: Lonsdale Artisan Farmer’s Market via Facebook

Night Market
September may be here, but did you know that the Shipyards Night Market continues every Friday until September 30? That’s 3 more Fridays to grab a tasty treat from the awesome selection of local food trucks that set up at the Shipyards starting at 5pm. There’s also a full farmers and artisans marketplace, live entertainment and a beer garden featuring local craft beer. Grab your dinner and head out onto the Pier to eat with sweeping views of downtown Vancouver, Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park.