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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
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48 Hours in North Vancouver & Vancouver

Vancouver and its neighbour, North Vancouver, make a great team, with Vancouver’s urban buzz balancing North Vancouver’s forests and peaks. Do like the locals and enjoy the downtown shops and eateries, then head across the picturesque Lions Gate Bridge for some high altitude adventure in the mountains of North Vancouver.

Things to Do

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North Vancouver Activities

Drive or take the SeaBus ferry to explore North Vancouver (or, as the locals call it, North... Read more Van). Start with a latte and some shopping at Lonsdale Quay, a public market on the waterfront, and then tackle some more active pursuits. Admire the view from Capilano Suspension Bridge, go for a seaside hike at Lighthouse Park, or explore the trails and forest at Lynn Canyon Park. At day’s end, get above it all at Grouse Mountain. Ride to the top on North America’s largest aerial tramway then take in the views from the deck of Altitudes Bistro, 1,128m/3,700ft above the city.

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Capilano Suspension Bridge

Suspend your breath at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, swinging and swaying 70m/230ft above the raging Capilano River. Want more excitement? Stroll high above the river on Cliffwalk, a series of cantilevered platforms attached to the canyon wall, or explore the Treetops Adventure, a network of walkways in the forest canopy. All three, plus historic displays, are at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
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Grouse Mountain Resort

Located 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain's Super Skyride whisks you high above the city to a mountaintop of adventure including hiking trails, ziplining, helicopter tours, paragliding, live entertainment, lumberjack shows, a wil...
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Lynn Canyon Park

Visit Lynn Canyon Park, a temperate rainforest situated on the slopes of the North Shore mountains. Hike along trails that meander past moss-draped cedar, hemlock and fir trees. Watch for waterfalls, creeks and the suspension bridge which swings 50m/164ft above Lynn Creek’s thickly forested mountain gorge.
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Vancouver Activities

Jog, bike or just walk the scenic Stanley Park seawall and take in views of the city and English... Read more Bay. Next, hop on a foot passenger ferry to Granville Island, just south of downtown. Lunch at a waterfront restaurant (or there are lots of options within the public market), check out the island’s many craft studios and galleries, and shop for organic fruits and veggies at the lively public market.

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English Bay

Vancouver's liveliest beach is also a great place to catch a sunset. English Bay Beach, at the foot of Denman in the West End, is buzzing all summer long with street entertainers, joggers, cyclists, and sunset-watchers. A water slide and kayak rentals add to the fun.
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Granville Island Public Market

Where else in the world can rusty, tin-sided factories boast rebirth as a Public Market, shops, restaurants, theatres, galleries, a hotel, and so much more? Formerly an industrial area, Granville Island's ambiance is uniquely amazing. Performers, ...
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Stanley Park

Jog, bike or just walk the scenic Stanley Park seawall, and take in views of the downtown skyline, the North Shore mountains and English Bay. Stop at the Vancouver Aquarium to see otters, penguins, beluga and dolphins, plus a re-created tropical rainforest. Enjoy a sensory cultural experience at Stanley Park’s Klahowya Village. Cool down at Second Beach Pool, or the Variety Kids Water Park or take a horse-drawn carriage tour through Stanley Park.
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Vancouver Art Gallery

A world-class art encounter awaits you at the Vancouver Art Gallery. From historical masters to groundbreaking contemporary artists, this internationally acclaimed art museum offers the city's top cultural experience. Be sure to save time for the ...
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Vancouver Lookout

The Vancouver Lookout is the perfect first stop on your visit to Vancouver with its breathtaking 360° bird's eye view of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With views available day and night, the Lookout has been one of the most iconic...
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Insiders' Tips

  • Cross the swaying Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge and explore the forest ecosystem.
  • Perform a local rite of passage by hiking the Grouse Grind — known locally as "Mother Nature's Stairmaster".
  • Explore the tiny seaside community of Deep Cove and enjoy some fish and chips by the sea.
  • Get a spectacular view of Vancouver from Grouse Mountain's Eye of the Wind Turbine.
  • Grab a coffee from the public market at Lonsdale Quay and watch street entertainers against a backdrop of the Vancouver.
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Places to Eat

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North Shore Dining

Fine food meets sweeping views in North and West Vancouver, known locally as the North Shore.... Read more Enjoy stunning vistas across the inlet and city, at West Vancouver’s Salmon House on the Hill or try mile-high dining atop Grouse Mountain. Back at sea level, sample West Coast fare with sunset scenes at Dundarave Pier, or French cuisine at La Régalade.  If you’re heading to Whistler, stop at Horseshoe Bay for a casual lunch at the Olive & Anchor. For desert, treat yourself to some Chocolate Sparkle cookies at Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates and Patisserie, or a maple glaze doughnut at Honey Doughnuts and Goodies in Deep Cove.

La Regalade

Lat: 49.33102
Lon: -123.17231
Ambleside
French
55 reviews
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Honey Doughnuts & Goodies

Lat: 49.3266412
Lon: -122.95015
Deep Cove
Donuts, Coffee & Tea
132 reviews
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Café for Contemporary Art

Lat: 49.3106460571289
Lon: -123.078033447266
Lower Lonsdale
Coffee & Tea, Art Galleries, Mexican
32 reviews
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Nook

Lat: 49.2917554
Lon: -123.1352974
West End
Italian, Pizza
218 reviews
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Raglans

Lat: 49.3106933
Lon: -123.080073
Lower Lonsdale
Breakfast & Brunch, American (Traditional)
100 reviews
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The Observatory At Grouse Mountain

Lat: 49.3790102202533
Lon: -123.083366339843
Canadian (New), Wine Bars
74 reviews
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Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates & Patisserie

Lat: 49.3146649
Lon: -123.099847
Chocolatiers & Shops, Desserts
81 reviews
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Places to Shop

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Shopping in Vancouver

Independent boutiques, popular chains and famous designer names keep treasure hunters happy in... Read more Vancouver’s many shopping neighbourhoods. International chains and homegrown favourites, plus cafés and restaurants galore, line Robson Street, Vancouver’s main shopping district. Other popular areas include Main Street around 25th Avenue, Yaletown, a historic former warehouse district downtown, and South Granville (between 5th and 16th Avenues). For one-of-a-kind jewelry, housewares and craft items, head to Granville Island, where you can pick up handmade treasures at any of dozens of galleries and boutiques.

Park Royal

Lat: 49.3252407346266
Lon: -123.137767744937
Shopping Centers
30 reviews
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Community Thrift and Vintage

Lat: 49.2822685
Lon: -123.1045074
Gastown, Downtown Eastside
Thrift Stores
16 reviews
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Arc'teryx

Lat: 49.30458
Lon: -123.0161
Outdoor Gear, Sports Wear
21 reviews
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Holt Renfrew

Lat: 49.2839108
Lon: -123.1165955
Downtown
Women's Clothing, Men's Clothing, Accessories
121 reviews
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John Fluevog

Lat: 49.2838639
Lon: -123.1055285
Gastown, Downtown
Shoe Stores
36 reviews
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Lonsdale Quay Market

Lat: 49.31028
Lon: -123.08191
Lower Lonsdale
Shopping Centers, Farmers Market
95 reviews
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MEC - North Vancouver

Lat: 49.3075941379917
Lon: -123.040092245798
Outdoor Gear, Sports Wear, Bikes
25 reviews
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Places to Stay

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Best Western Capilano Inn & Suites

Close to the North Shore Mountains & the Pacific Ocean, minutes from downtown, Stanley Park, Capilano Suspension Bridge & Grouse Mountain. Guest rooms with amenities such as free WiFi, free parking, flat screen LED TV. Families &/or extended stay ...
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Lonsdale Quay Hotel

Fantastic waterfront boutique hotel located in a vibrant market. Near popular attractions, BC Ferries and BC Rail. 70 rooms. Tantra waterfront lounge & grill. Full meeting & banquet facilities.
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Travelodge Vancouver Lions Gate

Close to all Vancouver attractions, Horseshoe Bay Ferry terminal & a gateway to Whistler, we offer complimentary high-speed WiFi, parking & local calling.

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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Vancouver

When flying in to Vancouver, book a window seat – the approach offers great views of the... Read more mountains, the Fraser River and distant Vancouver Island. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is just a short drive from downtown, or ride the rapid transit Canada Line from the airport to the city centre. The city is also accessible by bus, train or floatplane. A full range of taxi, transit, car and bike rental options are also available.

Getting around Vancouver

You can get just about anywhere you need to go in Metro Vancouver on the city’s TransLink... Read more system, which includes buses; three rapid transit lines, known as the SkyTrain; and the SeaBus, a passenger ferry serving North Vancouver. SkyTrain is a great way to travel to and from Vancouver International Airport, and to explore Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster. The SeaBus makes regular crossings between downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Vancouver boasts an extensive network of bike paths including the car-free Seawall Path, which runs more than 20 km (12 mi) along Vancouver’s waterfront.

False Creek Ferries

Lat: 49.2716139
Lon: -123.1362291
Granville Island/False Creek
Tours, Public Transportation
31 reviews
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Amtrak Cascades

All aboard! The Amtak Cascades train service runs daily from Eugene, Oregon, via Portland and... Read more Seattle, to downtown Vancouver. With meal service,bike racks,  on board Wifi and scenery galore, it's one of the most relaxing ways to reach Vancouver.

SeaBus

Enjoy the sights of Vancouver's busy harbour as you sail from Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver on the SeaBus, part of Vancouver’s transit system. On the 12-minute harbour crossing watch for tugs, cruise ships, floatplanes and views of the Vancouver skyline. Lonsdale Quay, home to shops and lively public market, is a great place to enjoy the waterfront from a fresh angle; from here, buses run to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and other North Vancouver sights.
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Aquabus

Lat: 49.27077
Lon: -123.13278
Granville Island/False Creek
Boat Tours
86 reviews
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Vancouver Trolley Company

Hop-on & hop-off our replica San Francisco-style trolleys to enjoy the best of Vancouver. This live-commentated, 32-stop sightseeing tour is your transportation link to Vancouver's major attractions, parks, gardens, shopping & restaurants or to si...
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