From maple syrup to mighty mountains, Canada is known for an eclectic mix of things. And you’ll find many of these Canadian icons on Vancouver’s North Shore. So, if you’re looking for some inspiration for your next weekend adventure, vacation, or staycation, check out these uniquely Canadian activities on Vancouver’s North Shore.
Besides the Canadian tuxedo, flannel is a staple in any Canadian’s wardrobe. So, put on your favourite plaid flannel shirt and hike one of the many trails on Vancouver’s North Shore. For an easy to moderate hike, try the Lynn Loop in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve or Capilano Dam Loop through the Capilano Regional Park. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, try the Grouse Grind. It’s a rite of passage for any hiker in Vancouver.
When you think of quintessential Canadian foods, a few things might come to mind. Maple syrup, smoked salmon, and of course — poutine. Native to Quebec, this comfort food is traditionally made with French fries, cheese curds, and hot gravy. But you don’t have to fly to Montreal to get your poutine fix. Just head to Raglan’s Bistro in Lower Lonsdale. Here, you’ll find five hearty varieties of poutine — including the classic, pulled pork, and garden veggie with miso gravy.
If you’re craving something sweet on your North Shore adventure, don’t miss trying a uniquely Canadian dessert — the BeaverTail. With a history dating back to 1978, BeaverTails pastries are so tasty and popular that they now span the globe. On Vancouver’s North Shore, you’ll find a BeaverTails shop on Grouse Mountain. If you’re a BeaverTails first-timer, try the classic — a hand-stretched, freshly fried BeaverTail dusted with cinnamon and sugar.
Did you know that Canada’s first microbrewery was created on Vancouver’s North Shore? Back in 1982, the Horseshoe Bay Brewery was born, and now, the North Shore is a beer-lover’s paradise.. Packed with over 10 craft breweries and counting, the North Shore is the perfect spot for a Canadian craft beer tour. Start your beer-sampling journey at Green Leaf Brewing in Lonsdale Quay Market, and then drink your way around the Shipyards Brewery District at House of Funk, North Point Brewing Co., Streetcar Brewing, and Beere Brewing Company.
Another iconic Canadian symbol is the canoe. So why not explore Vancouver’s North Shore by canoe? First Nation-owned Takaya Tours offers excursions on their stunning 35-foot traditional style ocean-going canoes. Paddle through the Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm while listening to stories, legends, and songs from a Coast Salish Nation guide. This is an unforgettable Canadian experience that can’t be missed.
What’s more Canadian than lacing up some ice skates and skating outdoors? On Vancouver’s North Shore, you can do just that. Take the gondola up Grouse Mountain and you’ll find a stunning 8,000-square-foot outdoor skate pond. With your Mountain Admission ticket or Annual Local’s Pass, you can skate for free. If you’d rather skate in the city, head to the large outdoor skating rink on the waterfront at The Shipyards. Skates are available for rental at both places, so all you have to do is put on some warm layers and get ready for some fun on the ice.
If a day trip isn’t enough for you, book a night or two at one of the hotels or bed and breakfasts on Vancouver’s North Shore. With a variety of options to choose from (even pet-friendly places), you’ll surely find a comfy place to unwind after a day of Canadian adventures. Find the best packages with our Vancouver’s North Shore accommodation deals.