The North Shore is famous for its salmon. You can see salmon in their natural habitat, experience our public art celebrating the salmon run, and of course taste salmon fresh from the source in this two-day itinerary.
1. The first stop is for breakfast. Try a classic West Coast benny at Tomahawk in North Vancouver. The restaurant is legendary on the North Shore for being one of the oldest restaurants (originally opening in 1926) and for its classic diner style. Your chosen breakfast dish is a traditional benny with free-range eggs and fresh and local salmon smothered in a dill hollandaise. Now you’re ready for the day!
2. It’s time to see the great salmon in its natural habitat. Make your way to Capilano River Regional Park, where you can explore a variety of trails depending on ability and time, but today we would recommend the Coho Loop given the theme. The loop is a short trail of around 0.5 miles but in that short distance, it takes you alongside the Capilano River and over two bridges for the best birds-eye view.
3. While you are in the area you, of course, need to visit our biggest salmon attraction – the Capilano Salmon Hatchery! The hatchery is a FREE attraction and self-guided tour that tells you about the salmon life cycle. A highlight is the fish ladders that give you a close-up glimpse of salmon jumping in action!
4. It’s time to get back in the car and make your way to Dundarave to find some lunch. A celebrated establishment is The Beachhouse, a local’s favourite with an unbeatable patio next to the beach. The restaurant specializes in sustainable seafood with their Brown Sugar and Dijon Glazed Salmon being a must-try!
5. Now you’re refuelled it’s time to get cultured by exploring some of the salmon-inspired public artworks on the North Shore. Plan your route ahead of time and make your way around the sculptures and mosaics celebrating the pink-hued fish.
6. For dinner, a sure-fire choice to sample the region’s best salmon is The Salmon House on the Hill. It’s a celebrated restaurant decorated with beautiful aboriginal art and serving West Coast cuisine. Its location up in the mountains gives it an unrivalled view of downtown and the inlet making your meal even more special. Enjoy the Alder Grilled Salmon Trio which will give you a taste of Chinook, Sockeye, and Coho salmon.
7. It’s been a fun-packed day and now it’s time to return to your hotel for a good night’s rest before tomorrow’s busy day! The Lonsdale Quay Hotel has a great location within the Lonsdale Quay Market for easy salmon access!
Explore more: The neighbourhoods you were in today also include Capilano Suspension Bridge, Park Royal, and Ambleside Park.
8. Good morning! You have a busy day ahead of you so it’s time for a big breakfast! A short stroll away from your hotel is Pier 7, famous for its salmon bennies and seafood towers.
9. Now it’s time to explore Lonsdale Quay Market. The market is home to a number of eateries, indie stores, and even a brewery! But today our highlight will be a visit to the Salmon Shop fishmongers. Stock up on some fresh fish or candied salmon to take home with you as souvenirs.
10. While you’re in the market you wouldn’t want to miss the food court! From fish and chips at Montgomery’s to one of the newest vendors Poke & Co there’s a wealth of tasty treats waiting for you!
11. Jump in your car and make your way over to the stunning seaside neighbourhood of Horseshoe Bay. Sewell’s Marina offer year-round guided fishing charters with experienced guides who can show you the best fishing holes, some of which just 15-20 minutes from the bay. Depending on the time of year you can fish for Chinook (King), Coho (Silvers), Pinks, chum and Sockeye.
12. Now you’ve worked up a hunger, make your way over to Troll’s Restaurant just a short distance away. Troll’s Fish and Chips first opened in 1946 and has been an established favourite ever since. We recommend the Salmon and Chips, or Soft Shell Fish Wrap that features salmon, grilled halibut, cod, and fish of the season.
Explore more: Sea Dragon Charter Sunset Cruise, day trip to Bowen Island, and The Spirit Gallery.
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