This guide covers all the basics you need about North Vancouver
if you are a resident or are looking to relocate and take advantage of one of the North Vancouver homes for sale.
The City of North Vancouver is situated on the north shore of the Burrard Inlet, directly to the north of Vancouver. The North Shore is a common collective name for the City plus the District of North Vancouver and municipality of West Vancouver. With its stunning mountains and forests, the area provides a natural gateway to the wilds and wonders of British Columbia.
These three regions lie in the traditional lands of the Squamish
Nation and the Tsleil-Wauthuth ('People of the Inlet') Nation.
North Vancouver is best known for its film production industry. It is also notable for its shipping industry. As the most urbanised section of the North Shore
, it was a vibrant community full of opportunity and known for its premium retail and shopping experiences.
North Van is the most densely populated metro area on the North Shore. Its population increased by almost 7% between 2006 and 2011 according to the Canadian census.
The settlement of Moodyville pre-dates the City of Vancouver to the south. Now, Moodyville Park, it was established by Sewell Moody and is the second-longest established European settlement on the Burrard Inlet.
The region developed rapidly to support the logging industry as it sailed inland to harvest the Douglas fir forests. A water mill was built in 1860, soon followed by a post office, school and the incorporation of the Municipality of North Vancouver. The City survived the financial collapse in the 1890s, and 1907 and further sawmills and agricultural industries were established around the region.
The beautiful natural assets of the area established tourism and leisure attractions: permanent skiing hills were established at Mount Seymour and Grouse Mountain.
There are 47 parks across the City, including urban greenways, heritage and conservation areas and many dog-friendly parks such as Kings Mill Walk and Lynmouth for off-the-leash activities. The Waterfront parks of North Van offer the best views of Metro Vancouver to the south, across the Narrows.
Amenities include all-weather sports fields and skate parks, as well as spectacular mountain bike trails and hiking trailheads. Chief among these is the Baden Powell Trail, a favorite trail crossing the whole North Shore mountain range, and Lynn Canyon Park which offers 617 acres of forest, a 50-meter high suspension bridge and ecology centre. Twin Falls is a beautiful two-waterfall swimming hole.
The City and District of North Vancouver's joint recreation commission have actively promoted the healthy lifestyle for all its residents for more than four decades. Investors in North Vancouver real estate will join one of Canada's most healthy and active populations, with access to 10 indoor centres for recreation, arts and leisure, attracting around 3 million visits every year. The City supports a sustainable, active and healthy community, with the environment prominent among the integrated balance of concerns
protected by the City.
The City of North Vancouver loves to bring its communities together and hosts many signature events throughout the year. The Fun City Festival boasts a 1000-foot water slide and Car Free Day is a huge street party along Lonsdale Avenue. World Rivers Day is the United Nations-recognized celebration that has grown since its beginning as BC Rivers Day in 1980. North Vancouver celebrates it every year in the Creek to Creek Festival. This joins the communities of North Van and Evergreen in a passport-style event walking, riding and rolling from creek to creek with check-ins and numerous festivities along the way.
Shipyard Social is a free arts and heritage event. With music, dancing, performances and food and drink it transports everybody back to the early 1900s.
The region's finest artisanal products can be sampled at the three farmers' markets across North Van. Meats, beer, organic produce and many more goodies await.
The Burrard Dry Dock Pier is a landmark of the City of North Vancouver and tribute to its rich marine and shipping heritage. It's a 700-foot pier and event venue offering panoramic views of the Vancouver skyline and the North Shore Mountains.
The North Vancouver Museum and Archives promotes the impressive and diverse arts and cultural community. Since 1975 the NVMA has been collecting, preserving and exhibiting photography, documents and records to celebrate the district and city's unique history.
North Vancouver is always a musical city with events including the free Jazz In The Plaza concert series and pop-up initiatives such as Pianos on the Street.
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is a long-established promoter of artists and cultural events across the North Shore, a grassroots charitable organisation.
The City and District feature eight high schools and 30 elementary schools, offering unique integrated programs including Aboriginal education, Artist for Kids, and other education.
in the District and events and programs at Simon Fraser University offer post-secondary education.
French-language education is on offer at the primary and secondary level at the francophone école André-Piolat, and in French Immersion programs available at up six school sites across the city.
Two highway bridges make for easy connection to Metro Vancouver: the Lion's Gate Bridge and Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing.
The SeaBus passenger ferry provides another connection with Vancouver from Lonsdale Quay, the central station of the TransLink bus service.
The northern end of North Vancouver lies on the route of the Trans-Canada Highway. The section of Highway 1 passing through the city is often referred to as the Upper Levels Highway.
The business community of North Vancouver has realistic ambitions and plans in place to build on its steady economic growth. The City of North Vancouver's Economic Development Strategy from 2008 identifies 21 specific goals and has designed 41 strategies to achieve them. These cover film production and other niche industries, as well as business development across high-value manufacturing, wholesaling, higher education, port expansion, infrastructure development and tourism.
With this positive background encouraging development and investment in the area, the city's population is increasing steadily at around 0.4% annually. Now is as good a time as any to investigate North Vancouver real estate opportunities.