#NorthVan365 Day 13.
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.
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.
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.
#NorthVan365 Day 12.
The Crab Shop in North Vancouver serves what is quite possibly the best Fish and Chips in the city. Not only that but they offer the freshest crab and seafood too! If you haven’t been there already you should definitely make a trip out to this little gem just off of Dollarton Highway on the way to Deep Cove. The staff is very friendly and while the food can take a while to prepare it’s worth the wait! This is mainly due to the volume of orders that come in, they’re very busy.
There is limited seating inside the shop but that’s ok as most visitors who come through are ordering takeout and are on there way as soon as it’s ready. If you want to explore the area a little more, ordering takeout fish and chips is a great idea. They will wrap up your order nicely to keep it warm until you reach your final destination. I recommend driving a little further down Dollarton Highway and stopping at Cate’s Park for a picnic.
For more information and to see their menu visit their website
2455 Dollarton Highway #121
North Vancouver, BC V7H 0A2
#NorthVan365 Day 11.
Looking for a unique and spectacular view of the North Shore mountains?
Why not see it from the middle of the Burrard Inlet on the Seabus! For just a few dollars you can take the Seabus across the Burrard Inlet from the Lonsdale Quay to Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver. There’s windows on all sides that are perfect for sightseeing as you make the short 15 minute trip across.
Depending on which way you’re going, make your way to the North side of the vessel to catch a glimpse of the Lower Lonsdale area and North Vancouver mountains. On the east side you’ll see the dry docks, the Ironworkers Memorial bridge and as you get closer to downtown Vancouver you’ll see the Port of Metro Vancouver. On the west side you will see Canada Place, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge.
If you’re riding at night the best view in the house is on the South side as you are leaving or arriving at Waterfront Park. The beautiful lights of the downtown Vancouver buildings and Canada Place are really something!
Unless you’re lucky enough to ride the Seabus daily, it’s worth the ride to see some great views of Vancouver.
#NorthVan365 Day 10.
The Lynn Canyon Cafe is located at the entrance to Lynn Canyon Park. It’s a great place to stop for a refreshment and a snack before and after you start your day of hiking. It’s a west coast style cafe with beautiful dramatic wooden beams that decorate the interior and exterior of the building.
The new operator, The Butler Did It Catering provides some delicious baked goods and excellent menu options including burgers with all the fixings. Don’t miss out on this great spot to eat right in the middle of beautiful BC forest.
Hours: Currently 10am to 6pm but subject to change
Get Directions to Lynn Canyon Park
#NorthVan365 Day 9.
Most locals in Lynn Valley will gather at the Black Bear Pub to watch the game. There are several big screens indoors and outside on the patio. The patio has adequate seating for a small group and is perfect to enjoy the fresh air while escaping the blazing sun during the summer.
The Black Bear Pub in Lynn Valley has been in operation since 1997 and a favourite local watering hole ever since. It was built in an authentic turn of the century craftsmen style with high ceilings complete with a stone fireplace and some beautiful historical decor.
The Bear is a great spot to stop for a drink and a meal after a long hike or ride through the nearby trails in Lynn Canyon Park or on Mount Fromme at the top of Mountain Highway. The food and service is and always has been fantastic, there is a great selection of local craft and international beer as well.
For more information about the Black Bear and their current promotions visit their website at http://www.blackbearpub.com/
The Black Bear Pub is located at Lynn Valley Centre near the corner of 29th St. and Lynn Valley Rd. There’s plenty of parking and busses stop frequently close by.