Time for Lynn Valley to shine as Lynn Valley Days kick off with the Gala

If you haven’t been to the annual Lynn Valley Gala dinner yet, consider it a must this season. Year after year it just continues to grow and in my opinion the best way to kick off the Lynn Valley Days festival. This year dinner falls on Friday, May 29th, 2015 with the Lynn Valley Gala, which will host over 500+ people under the stars in the giant tent at Lynn Valley park.


It’s a great way to get closer to the community, local merchants, and enjoy a night of dinner, dancing, an auction, and great company. This will be the 5th Annual Lynn Valley Gala Dinner and Dance! Last year’s venue sold out in 1 day!! This year the format will be a 5 course sit down dinner (previous years it was buffet style), live music and dancing, silent auction, door prizes including a $1000 travel voucher donated by Save on Foods and a limo ride home (in the Lynn Valley area) at the end of the evening.

Tickets are on sale now for $90 each or $900 to book a table of 10. SOLD OUT.
Where: Lynn Valley Park When: Friday May 29th, 2015, Doors open at 5:30pm – Dinner at 7:00pm.

Slide the City

1000 Foot Waterslide at Slide The City in North Vancouver!

Day 19 of #NorthVan365
If you’re looking for something to do other than hiking in one of North Vancouver’s beautiful forests, then don’t miss this awesome car free event on Lonsdale Ave. in North Vancouver. On August 22, 2015 a 1000 foot waterslide will be installed for the day running from Keith Road at Victoria Park all the way to 3rd street. That’s 3 entire blocks of amazing waterslide fun!

Slide the City
Image courtesy of Slide The City

This awesome event is part of the Car Free Day Festival which will offer local merchants, food vendors, live music stages, games, performance art and lots more.

Unfortunately the use of the slide is not free. You can reserve your spot on the Utah based Slide the City website. Pricing begins at $10 with a percentage being donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. Participants must be at least five years old and 117 centimetres tall, and everyone who slides must have an inflatable tube for safety issues.

Don’t miss out on this amazing Car Free Day!

For more info visit the City of North Vancouver website –

Cates Park North Vancouver

Catch Some Rays at Cates Park

Day 18 of #NorthVan365
If you’re hoping to find a peaceful spot to relax under a tree on a grassy field or lie on the beach to catch some rays, Cate’s Park is the place for you! You’ll find the park entrance located around the 200 block of Dollarton Highway on route to Deep Cove. A beautiful garden bed maintained by the District of North Vancouver greets you as you turn off the main road to access the park. This really sets the mood for the District’s largest and most scenic coastal park.

Cates Park Beach

There is a strong Native presence in the park with various totem poles and sculptures spread throughout. It’s ancestral name is Whey-ah-Wichen, a Tsleil-Waututh meaning “faces the wind”. You will also find a lovely network of trails that follows the coastline around the bend towards Deep Cove and a public boat launch if you feel like drifting a little further up the inlet.

Cates Park

Cate’s Park is the perfect spot for a family gathering as there is lots of space on both the grass field and beach. There are several picnic tables and a large playground for the kids! There is also a concession open during the Summer months and public washrooms.

Cates Park field

During the Summer there are various public events at Cates Park including the Cates Park Concert Series with several live bands to enjoy. Stay informed with local event info at

Smell the Flowers at Park and Tilford Gardens

#NorthVan365 Day 17.
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

#NorthVan365 Day 16.
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!