The North Vancouver Story

The District of North Vancouver and the City of North Vancouver are commonly referred to as the North Shore. The District has a number of neighbourhoods with commercial services and amenities; the City of North Vancouver has considerably higher commercial and residential density than the District. Differences between the two "North Vans" while understood by local residents are rarely considered by those who live in other parts of the Lower Mainland who think of both as North Vancouver.

The North Shore is reached from Vancouver by crossing the Burrard Inlet over the Lions Gate Bridge, the Ironworkers Memorial (Second Narrows) Crossing, or via the SeaBus passenger ferry. West/east boundaries are the Capilano River and Indian Arm, while north/south boundaries are the Coast Mountains and Burrard Inlet.

Historically, the land known as North Vancouver was, for several thousand years, home to the Sḵwxwú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh peoples of the Coast Salish. Europeans first arrived on the North Shore from Spain and named Spanish Banks. They were followed by Captain George Vancouver who explored the area in 1792.

The municipality on the North Shore was formed as the District of North Vancouver in 1891. The district spanned the area from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove. The first industry in the area involved harvesting the North Shore’s rich timber resources. Pioneer Mills, founded in 1862, changed hands a few times until Moody bought the operation in 1865 and ran it until its closure the early 1900’s.

The Lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver saw investment in real estate and rapid growth, along with increased commercial enterprise which led to the establishment in 1907 of the separate City of North Vancouver. The City of North Vancouver began to take shape in the early 1900’s with the building of the Hotel North Vancouver, the first bank, a newspaper and the British Columbia Electric Railway streetcar. Shipbuilding soon became the most important industry. Today many of the early buildings remain but the companies are no longer there.

Ferry service to North Vancouver began in 1866, and continued until the late 1950’s. The Second Narrows (Ironworkers Memorial) Bridge was finished in 1925, and the Lions Gate Bridge in 1938. In 1977, the SeaBus once again connected Lower Lonsdale with Vancouver by water.

While growth slowed during the War and the Great Depression, the City and the District of North Vancouver boomed after the war largely due to its generous access to land resources. The population today is about 48, 196 residents in the City of North Vancouver and 84, 412 in the District of North Vancouver (2011 Census). Each area has its own mayor, council and operations department but both share core services such as school districts, recreation and police.

Recreation in the North Vancouver area is considerable with the North Shore Mountains providing unlimited opportunities for walking, hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding and skiing. Mount Fromme, Mount Seymour, the Baden-Powell Trail and the Grouse Grind offer challenging terrain for recreation, along with Lynn Canyon Park and Capilano Regional Park. Tourists flock to the area to cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge, visit the Capilano Fish Hatchery, hike to Lynn Peak, canoe or kayak in Indian Arm at Deep Cove, or to walk around the quaint village at Horseshoe Bay and catch a ferry to Bowen Island, Vancouver Island or the Sunshine Coast.

Neighbourhoods include:

Deep Cove

Deep Cove is the name of a small community in the District of North Vancouver, as well as the name of the nearby Bay. It is located at the base of Mount Seymour about fifteen minutes from Vancouver.

For thousands of years Deep Cove has been the traditional territory of the Tsleil-Waututh and Sḵwxwú7mesh peoples of the Coast Salish. In the early 1900’s, Deep Cove was a summer resort for many people from Vancouver who had recreational cabins in the area. Logging and quarries also made up part of the local history. Access to the Deep Cove area improved following completion of the Ironworkers Memorial (Second Narrows) Bridge and consequently the population steadily grew.

Today, the Cove still has its small village character and it continues to be popular with locals and tourists as a recreational centre for canoeing, kayaking and boating up Indian Arm, mountain biking on the many trails in the area, hiking the Baden-Powell Trail to the lookout at Quarry Rock and generally visiting the coffee shops, art galleries and quaint shops in the Cove.

Townhomes, condos, cottage style homes and waterfront estates make up local real estate. The community suits those looking for a small village feel, close to all amenities and at the same time, with access to endless outdoor recreation. Residents, many of whom are outdoor enthusiasts, are happy to call this small community with its forested and water views home.

Lower Lonsdale

Lower Lonsdale is a popular waterfront neighbourhood, located from the Lonsdale Quay to Keith Road in the City of North Vancouver.

Historically the area was a hub for the shipbuilding and lumber industries on the North Shore; the first industrial mill, Pioneer Mills was built on part of the 150 acres acquired by Graham and Scrimgoer who eventually sold the mill to an American named Moody.

Today, Lower Lonsdale is a desirable and busy waterfront community with a public market (The Lonsdale Quay), a Waterfront Park, high and low-rise condominiums, townhouses, retail stores and a hotel. The City is working to meet the high residential and commercial demands in the area with new developments south of East Esplanade. Plans for the area include restricted building heights to keep view corridors and open skylines, parks, enhanced streetscapes, pedestrian walks and amenities. Lower Lonsdale amenities include the John Braithwaite Community Centre, commercial developments, galleries, museums, parks, shops, restaurants and cafes and services.

The abundance of local amenities and resources, a central location, two nearby bridges to Vancouver and SeaBus access connecting with rapid transit in Vancouver makes call this interesting waterfront community a great location to call home.

Edgemont Village

Edgemont Village is located near Edgemont and Highland Boulevards in the northwest part of the District of North Vancouver. It is a small commercial hub for residents of the area, and is often referred to as the “Village”.

Development began in the Highlands are in the late thirties once the Lions Gate Bridge was completed and in the mid-nineties, the first shops included a store, a restaurant, and a pharmacy. The commercial area grew along with the population.

Today, businesses in Edgemont Village are mainly small, locally owned and operated. There are restaurants and cafes, shops and a variety of services - doctors, dentists and others. Other amenities in the area include a library and a community police office, Events are held year round on the street in the Village.

Edgemont is also close to many North Shore attractions and activities such as tourists heading for Grouse Mountain, Capilano River Regional Park, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Lynn Valley

The Lynn Valley neighbourhood in North Vancouver is located between Mount Fromme and Mount Seymour. Named after British Royal Engineer John Linn who settled in the area in around 1869, Lynn Valley is known for the many parks in the area including Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve and Lynn Canyon Park with its world famous suspension bridge and beautiful natural forest.

Lynn Valley Village has a new Town Centre next to the Lynn Valley Shopping Centre located at the intersection of Lynn Valley Road and Mountain Highway. Amenities include a new library, a bank, cafes and restaurants, gift stores, galleries and other shops and services.

Lynn Valley is increasingly popular with home buyers. Choices include condos and townhouses, and single family house. Residents in Lynn Valley enjoy hiking and biking along the many trails in nearby Lynn Canyon, and being near the amenities and services of the Town Centre.

Why North Vancouver? North Vancouver enjoys an abundance of resources for outdoor recreation, spectacular ocean and mountain views, easy access to the downtown Vancouver core via bridges and the SeaBus and an easygoing relaxed lifestyle.

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  • MLS® #: R2125623
  • Lot 2 Mountain Highway
  • North Vancouver, BC V7K 3K5
  • $99,000
  • 0.75 Acres
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  • Office: Angell Hasman & Assoc.rlty.ltd
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  • MLS® #: R2144121
  • Lot 15 Indian River Drive
  • North Vancouver, BC V3N 4Z6
  • $99,000
  • 10824 SqFt, 0.25 Acres
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  • Office: Angell Hasman & Assoc.rlty.ltd
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  • MLS® #: R2224506
  • # Lt 1 Mystery Crescent
  • North Vancouver, BC V0V 0V0
  • $99,999
  • 6452 SqFt, 0.15 Acres
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  • Office: Royal Lepage Sussex
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  • MLS® #: R2213975
  • Lt 33 Panorama Drive
  • North Vancouver, BC V7G 1V7
  • $100,000
  • 12390 SqFt, 0.28 Acres
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  • Office: Sutton Grp-west Coast Realty
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  • MLS® #: R2227095
  • 251 Tomahawk Avenue
  • North Vancouver, BC V7P 1C4
  • $119,900
  • 2 Bed, 1 Bath, 920 SqFt
  • Residential Detached
  • Office: Royal Lepage Sussex
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  • MLS® #: R2222448
  • # 202 145 W 18th Street
  • North Vancouver, BC V7M 1W5
  • $295,800
  • 1 Bed, 1 Bath, 720 SqFt
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  • Office: Re/max Masters Realty
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  • MLS® #: R2215046
  • # 206 155 E 5th Street
  • North Vancouver, BC V7L 1L3
  • $339,000
  • 1 Bed, 1 Bath, 677 SqFt
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  • Office: Macdonald Realty
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  • MLS® #: R2227643
  • # 5 1450 Chesterfield Avenue
  • North Vancouver, BC V7M 2N4
  • $369,900
  • 1 Bed, 1 Bath, 814 SqFt
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  • Office: Re/max Crest Realty
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  • MLS® #: R2225435
  • # 317 630 Roche Point Drive
  • North Vancouver, BC V7H 3A1
  • $374,900
  • 1 Bed, 1 Bath, 677 SqFt
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  • Office: Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada
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  • MLS® #: R2226544
  • # 101 310 E 3rd Street
  • North Vancouver, BC V7L 1E9
  • $389,000
  • 1 Bed, 1 Bath, 701 SqFt
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  • Office: Royal Lepage Sussex (wvan)
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  • MLS® #: R2210155
  • Lot L Indian River Drive
  • North Vancouver, BC V7G 2T6
  • $398,800
  • 13467 SqFt, 0.31 Acres
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  • Office: Coldwell Banker Prestige Rlty
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  • MLS® #: R2226174
  • # 112 211 W 3rd Street
  • North Vancouver, BC V7M 1E9
  • $405,800
  • 2 Bed, 1 Bath, 821 SqFt
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  • Office: Re/max Crest Realty
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Listing information last updated on December 12th, 2017 at 11:11pm CST.