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!

Waterfront Park in North Vancouver

Enjoy the Afternoon Sunshine at Waterfront Park

#NorthVan365 Day 15.
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

#NorthVan365 Day 14.
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.