Month: April 2015

Smell the Flowers at Park and Tilford Gardens

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This beautiful 3-acre botanical garden has been around since 1969 and is a favourite spot for many locals to sit and enjoy the beautiful flowers and peaceful surroundings. It is located in North Vancouver at Park and Tilford shopping centre and open daily from 9am until dusk.

park and tilford gardens daffodils

There are various displays in the gardens throughout the year depending on the season. As you walk through the gardens you will see several different themes. A Japanese garden with a bright red bridge that crosses a coy pond, and a rose garden complete with running fountains are just a taste of the gardens you will come across.

park and tilford gardens path

There is also a collection of tropical plants and flowers that can be found in the greenhouse and a small herb garden just outside of it. While the spring and summer are generally the best time to visit, there is a fantastic light display during Christmas that is always fun to see.

park and tilford gardens japanese garden

If you’re interested in horticulture, smelling beautiful fresh flowers or just looking for a quiet spot to sit and enjoy a coffee from one of the local shops Park and Tilford Gardens is the perfect spot!

park and tilford gardens tulips

Lonsdale Quay

Have Lunch in the Sunshine at the Lonsdale Quay

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The Lonsdale Quay market in North Vancouver is one of the best locations on the North Shore to find a huge variety of delicious foods! It also has one of the nicest outdoor patios too. So on the next sunny day or any day rather why not head over to The Quay as locals would call it and have lunch on the outdoor patio.

Lonsdale Quay View
The view from the outdoor patio at the Lonsdale Quay

You’ll find the majority of food shops on the ground floor all throughout the market. Stop by the Soup Meister to see what the daily specials are. They’ve always got something delicious cooking and have recently expanded due to their popularity. Next door is COBS Bread, you’re bound to find something tasty there!

Still feeling like breakfast? The All Day Cafe at the South end of the Market serves breakfast all day along with some amazing specialty coffees! If you’re in the mood for fresh fruits or a smoothie head over to Jimmy’s Fruit and Juice Bar or Frux Frozen Organic Yogurt for a frozen yogurt.

If you’re in an adventurous mood there are several International food shops to try out with delicacies from all over the world. George’s Souvlaki is always a favourite as well as Cilantro & Jalapeno Mexican food, Montgomery’s Fish and Chips and much more.

Thirsty for a cold beer? Make your way over to Green Leaf Brewing Co. for some local craft brews or head upstairs to the Cheshire Cheese restaurant if you’re looking for seated table service.

Lonsdale Quay

After you’ve found a spot to relax in the sun and eat your favourite meal why not head back inside and bring home some great local produce from Kin’s Farm Market, fresh meats from Sharky’s Chophouse, fresh seafood from the Salmon Shop and spices from Pepperpot Food and Spice.

There’s definitely something for everyone here at the Lonsdale Quay. Come and find your favourite foods now!

Waterfront Park in North Vancouver

Enjoy the Afternoon Sunshine at Waterfront Park

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Waterfront park is just a few minutes walk from the Lonsdale Quay and Seabus/Bus Terminal. Head to the west past Chesterfield Ave. through the brick road and you’ll be there before you know it. Waterfront Park has a beautiful but short walk along the waterfront and there is a pier with benches that is perfect to relax for a few minutes to take in the view of downtown Vancouver.

Waterfront Park in North Vancouver

Before heading over, grab a snack from the Lonsdale Quay and have a picnic while watching the sunset. Baked goods travel well. People watch from behind a pair of sunglasses as you relax with a coffee. Take a break and read a book on the concrete steps. Bring the kids to play in the playground. Take a photo with the Korean Friendship statue or The Cathedral structure on the field. It resembles the North Vancouver mountains and was installed in 1986 by artist Douglas Senft.

Waterfront Park Pier in North Vancouver

During the Summer, partake in the different festivals at Waterfront Park… Caribbean Days Festival, Philippine Days Festival and more!

Shipyards Market North Vancouver

Eat Your Way Through the Shipyards Market

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There’s so much to do and so much to see at the Shipyards Friday Night Market. Located at the foot of Lonsdale, the outdoor market provides fun and entertainment for everyone. Wander through the stalls to find artisan handicrafts like photos, paintings and jewelry. Grab a beer at the Beer and Wine Garden while listening to great bands play on the stage. Shop for farm fresh veggies, organic meat or wonderful baked goods.

Shipyards Market North Vancouver

Eat your way through “Hot Food Alley” (over fifteen food trucks) or grab some snacks from the other food stalls. Given the huge variety of trucks, it’s hard to settle on just one. If you can only go to one truck, make sure you check out Chou Chou Crepes for a Chou Chou Crepe filled with her own homemade caramel. She’s worth seeking out so I follow her on twitter to make sure she’ll be there.

They Shipyards Market opens May 1st this year and goes until September 25th. Visit for more information.

Lonsdale Quay Observation Tower

Watch the Sunset from the Lookout Tower at Lonsdale Quay

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A sunset in Vancouver should not be missed and if you’re looking for a great place to see it, give the lookout tower at Lonsdale Quay a try. Afraid of heights? This may not be perfect for everyone but there are a few different levels in which you can view it from and you can always take a seat near the railing at sea level for a different viewpoint. Depending on what time of year you’re in North Vancouver, the sun should set just over Coal Harbour across the Burrard Inlet.

Lonsdale Quay Observation Tower

The stairs to the lookout are located at the south east corner of the second floor outdoor area. Just follow the first flight of stairs at ground level outside the market, cross the deck on the second floor and there they are. A few more flights of stairs and you’re at the top just below the giant “Q”. The viewing area is small so try to let others have a chance to spend some time if there are a lot of people there. It’s generally fairly quiet though.

View from Lonsdale Quay

Take a look to the North to see the North Vancouver mountains and a little more east to see the Pinnacle hotel and Shipyards square. The Shipyards square is packed with people on Friday’s and Saturdays during the summer months for the weekly night market. That’s worth seeing if you’re in the area on those nights. If you turn south you’ll see the high rises and office buildings in downtown Vancouver as well as Canada Place just across the water. The view at dusk is really spectacular if you can wait that long. To the west is Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge. You should just be able to see it over the Seabus terminal below. As you can see, it’s well worth the climb for this spectacular view.

From downtown Vancouver take the Seabus across the Burrard Inlet to get to the Lonsdale Quay. The market entrance is very close by. If you’re already in North Vancouver you’ll find the Lonsdale Quay at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue.