North Vancouver is an outstanding destination for family fun in the summer sun with many activities available to enjoy in and around the vicinity. Several of these activities are outdoors and allow a family to soak up some great British Columbia summer weather!
Every visit to North Vancouver needs to include a stop at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, an excellent choice for our family. Yes, the famous 450 foot bridge is a definite 'must see' and has been a tourist destination since the 19th century. Having said that, the park has added some updates that we really enjoyed. Foremost amongst those is the "Treetops Adventure" which features a series of cable bridges suspended between tree-friendly landings that are constructed as high as 100 feet in the air above the floor of the coastal rainforest.
Be sure to take time to go on "the Cliffwalk," an amazing trail built right into the cliffs of the Capilano River Canyon. We got an up-close look at both an owl and a hawk while stopping at Raptors Ridge where handlers fielded questions about the birds of prey.
A hidden gem was a rock and water display near the Canyon Lookout which showed the impact of water erosion on the rocks in the canyon. The park has both a history & nature guided tour running throughout the day that are worth catching too.
Over a million visitors take in Grouse Mountain each year and for good reason! Seemingly unlimited recreational choices include a zipline adventure, Eye of the Wind adventure (featuring a viewing pod inside a functioning wind turbine), the Skyride gondola experience and all kinds of hiking options. Add choices like the Bear Discovery to customize your time at Grouse for more outstanding memories!
Eye of the Wind on Grouse Mountain
Be sure to build in time to visit Stanley Park, situated minutes away from North Van. The thousand-acre park, considered by many to be one of the top parks in the world, offers up some outstanding attractions. Take in the fabulous seawall pathways which provide outstanding views at every turn. You can rent bikes and cruise around the park! If the weather co-operates, be sure to pack bathing suits - there are many beaches in the park that attract locals and visitors alike on a perfect summer day. View the totem poles at Brockton Point and also make time to catch the Rose Garden to round out your visit.
We thoroughly enjoyed our summer adventure in the North Van region. Any family, couple or individual looking for an active, memorable vacation would be wise to put this region on their 'do' list!
Wildlife at Grouse Mountain
Fred Masters and his wife Kathy reside in Kitchener. Fred has performed technical review work for a major Canadian textbook company. Both are avid "last minute" travellers who have attended three Olympic Games. (Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008, Vancouver in 2010 and London in 2012)