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North Vancouver

Geography

North Vancouver is located immediately north of Vancouver across Burrard Inlet.

This mountainous area is accessible from downtown via the Second Narrows Bridge (also known as the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing) on the Trans-Canada Highway, the Lions Gate Bridge, and the Seabus catamaran ferry. From Vancouver, most of North Vancouver's key sites can be reached within less than half an hour by car.

Location

North Vancouver is bordered to the west by West Vancouver. North Vancouver is also subdivided into the waterfront City of North Vancouver and the surrounding District of Vancouver. Most Vancouverites, however, refer to the entire area as the "North Shore," and for visitors, the political boundaries have no particular significance.

To the east, across the fjord called Indian Arm, lies the village of Belcarra. From southeast North Vancouver, Burnaby Mountain is visible. West Vancouver, bordering on the waters of Howe Sound, is home to Horseshoe Bay, the site of a BC Ferries terminal with scheduled trips to Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.

North Shore Neighbourhoods

The North Shore is divided into many other major residential and commercial neighbourhoods, including Capilano, Caulfeild, Cove Cliff, Deep Cove, Dundarave, Edgemont, Lonsdale (North, Central, and Lower), Lionsview, Lynn Valley, Lynnmour, Maplewood, Northlands, Seymour Heights, and Upper Lynn.

Landscape

The North Shore is best-known for its towering mountains, covered in gullies, ravines, waterfalls, creeks, and spruce, fir, and cedar forests. Some notable North Shore Mountains include Hollyburn Mountain, Mount Strachan, Grouse Mountain, and Mount Seymour (skiing, hiking, and mountain biking destinations), and The Lions (two granite mountains side by side with a distinctive, primal silhouette).

The tallest mountain on the North Shore is Brunswick Mountain at 1,788m/5,866ft. Even in urbanized areas, the terrain is steep.

Climate & Weather

North Vancouver enjoys a mild, temperate coastal rainforest climate, and plentiful rain accounts for its splendid year-round greenery. Snowfall is also a regular occurrence in late autumn, usually circa November, and ski season can last until April.

The City of North Vancouver enjoys close to 2,000 hours of sunshine annually. The average annual rainfall is 111.76cm/44in, and the average annual snowfall is 57cm/22.44in. Average daily high temperatures reach 17°C/62.6°F in July, and drop to 3°C/37.4°F in January.