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Get out and explore… Welcome to another edition of Explore the Shore… one of my favourite features that I have the pleasure of coordinating. Why is it a favourite, you might wonder? I love it because it shines a light on all the things that make the North Shore a wonderful place to live, and I can’t help but pause and feel grateful that I get to call it home. This feature gives you an overview of life on the North Shore – living, working, playing, eating and shopping. Maria Spitale-Leisk will take you on a quick tour of some of the different neighbourhoods that make up the Shore, and reasons why both residents and business owners love being there. Justin Beddall digs a little deeper into the local economy and will introduce us to some very unique tech businesses that perhaps you never
knew existed here on the shore. Justin will also give you a thorough overview of why the North Shore is the perfect mecca for all sorts of fun and recreational activities for all ages, skill levels and interests. Local food blogger Chris Dagenais takes us on a culinary tour across the Shore highlighting some fantastic patios for outdoor sustenance and libation. And when you’re all fueled up, Amanda Stutt will showcase a handful of local shops that not only offer unique and must-have items, but more importantly, contribute to a vibrant local economy. Forget Amazon people! Help keep our economy strong and always #shoplocal! There’s my brief soapbox message. Now, enjoy the read, and then get out and explore your Shore!
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SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR VICKI MAGNISON
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When you cross over the bridge, you just begin to breathe easier. Everything feels serene and calm. These words encapsulate why North Shore newcomer Jalaine Lewko has chosen to raise her family here. “I still am in awe that my children have this as their backyard,” says the Calgary transplant. “One day we can be exploring through the forest, collecting the largest maple leaves we have ever seen, to spending the next afternoon at the ocean, combing one of the many beaches for all the seashells.” Seeing her four-year-old son, Ty, playing and learning in a natural environment cements Lewko’s belief that she has found a slice of B.C. that is truly special.
Home is where the heart is.
Every North Shore community boasts its own unique qualities – from charming Deep Cove village, through the canopied trails of Lynn Valley, down the vibrant Lonsdale corridor, across scenic Marine Drive and into breathtaking Horseshoe Bay. Today it’s the spot where tourists jockey for parking spots, but the lower lot in Panorama Park actually holds cherished memories for Eileen Smith. It’s the site of her grandparents’ waterfront summer home where Smith grew up. “The Cove has changed drastically over the years,” says Smith, a director of Deep Cove Heritage Society. In the 1980s, the rustic flavour of the area changed as small cottages and country lanes gave way to streets lined with large homes. Deep Cove has also evolved into an outdoor recreation mecca, teeming with hikers, mountain bikers and kayakers. Social media has revealed that celebrities such as Neil Patrick Harris and Kate Winslet have also been beguiled by the Cove’s charms. An ambassador for the area, Smith will tell you Deep Cove’s main street alone, called Gallant Avenue, has amazing restaurants, intriguing shops, an impressive art gallery and two companies producing some really great theatre.
“This is why I have no intention of looking elsewhere to live,” says Smith. “This is my home.” Framed by vast forested terrain, Lynn Valley embodies a small-town feel at its core. Where Lynn Valley Road and Mountain Highway meet is the living room of the community. The village plaza hosts summer concerts and movie nights, while wintertime sees a visit from Santa in the square. Silvana Stagnitta-Francis hears all the community news inside Lynn Valley Barbershop, which her dad opened in 1967. “I have clients who are second and third generation, so the conversation is about their families and their weekend activities, from hockey to soccer and softball,” says StagnittaFrancis. “Many clients who grew up in Lynn Valley but moved away because they couldn’t afford a house in this neighbourhood still come back regularly to get a haircut and a delicious sausage roll from the bakery.” Sentiment runs high for traditional services and mom-and-pop shops that have been nestled inside Lynn Valley Centre for generations. You’ve got your baker, ➞
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live ➞ butcher, barber, dry cleaner, cobbler and key maker at this mall. In Lower Lonsdale a major, and perhaps most exciting, piece of The Shipyards puzzle is set to be unveiled on July 20. It will be a splashy celebration when North Vancouver City Mayor Linda Buchanan officially launches the water park in the new public space at the centre of the Shipyards development, now known as Shipyard Commons. Wintertime will see ice skaters gliding across a large outdoor rink overlooking the harbour. New tenants set to make a home at the Commons include: Capilano University, Caffe Artigiano, Jamjar Canteen, Joey Shipyards, Larry’s Market, Main Street Honey Shoppe, Method Indoor Cycling, Seaside by Executive Hotels & Resorts, Volcom, Welcome Parlour Ice Cream, and The Wallace, an eventhosting venue. One of the best kept secrets of the North Shore is Pemberton Heights, writes Realtor Gavin Hughes on his website. Team Clarke calls the area a charming enclave with a closeknit neighbourhood feel. Corner Stone Bistro, nestled in the heart of the Heights, is a home
away from home for neighbourhood denizens. Café regulars include residents who have lived in the historic area for 60 years, as well as multiple generations of families, many of whom celebrate special occasions here. Christmas is a memorable time of year in Pemberton Heights, when Santa arrives in the neighbourhood on a fire truck and visits with the kids. Travelling into West Vancouver, one can’t help but see Marine Drive is looking a little different these days. Megawatt celebrities Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel even took notice of Ambleside’s makeover, making a stop at Ancora restaurant recently for dinner.
In the summertime, Ambleside becomes enlivened through popular events such as Harmony Arts Festival and Rock Ambleside. “Harmony Arts has demonstrated the success of building something for residents and welcoming visitors to
Horseshoe Bay. PHOTO KENNETH J DYCK
enjoy the area,” says Stephanie Jones, executive director of AmblesideDundarave Business Improvement Association. Ahead of this year’s Harmony Arts Festival, the BIA is currently working with the municipality on a creative initiative. “Art Beat is a program that we are making a big investment in – pairing local artists with businesses to add to the Harmony Arts Festival,” explains Jones, adding more than 45 artists will be featured. While she’s tempted by many culinary offerings in AmblesideDundarave, Jones does have her favourites. “I love a Temper croissant, a Savary Island meat pie, and a Meinhardt’s ice cream,” she reveals. Horseshoe Bay is more than just
a jumping off place to an island destination; the village is a haven itself. You haven’t lived until you’ve devoured Troll’s fish and chips while watching the ferries slip away into picturesque Howe Sound. The sleepy seaside village will be a little livelier with the opening of Sewell’s Landing – a complex of 159 condo units spread throughout six buildings at Sewell’s Marina. Lewko and her son enjoy playing together amongst the tall trees at Lighthouse Park, on the pirate ship playground at John Lawson Park, and in the sand at Ambleside Beach. “Only living here just shy of a year, I feel we haven’t even scratched the surface yet of our exploring,” she says. ◆
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North Shore businesses dive into the tech world ■ JUSTIN BEDDALL
What does an artificial intelligence firm aimed at pest management, a drone film business that caters to Hollywood North, and a submersible company that is changing ocean exploration all have in common? They are all innovative, high-tech North Shore-based companies that are game-changers – both locally and globally.
The North Shore economy is as vibrant and diverse as the unique communities (from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove) that make up North and West Vancouver. From industry, manufacturing and transportation, to film and entertainment, recreation and tourism, retail and restaurants, construction and trades, and life sciences and services, there are a variety of sectors making valuable contributions to a thriving local economy by creating job opportunities and increased business tax revenue.
And lately, there’s been a surge in the number of innovative, hightech local businesses on the North Shore. “There is some very exciting activity in the North Vancouver tech sector,” said North Vancouver Chamber CEO Patrick StaffordSmith. “North Vancouver has always had a strong history of worldclass technology and engineering capabilities; from underwater pioneer Phil Nuytten of Nuytco
Research Ltd, to civil bridge and infrastructure innovators Peter Buckland and Peter Taylor (now COWI). At the North Vancouver Chamber, we’re excited to meet and connect with both the established and new generation of great tech minds who are proudly North Vancouver-based.” Stafford-Smith says North Vancouver is an attractive location for these companies to be located because it’s perfectly positioned ➞
Phil Nuytten of Nuytco Research. PHOTO LISA KING
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➞ with quick access to downtown Vancouver, to world-class recreation, and to a well-educated local population. North Van’s Aquatica Submarines recently made international headlines as it participated in an epic, deepsea dive into the bottom of Belize’s Blue Hole, the biggest underwater sinkhole in the world. The Discovery Channel featured the expedition during a two-hour live broadcast that featured Sir Richard Branson, Fabien Cousteau and Aquatica’s chief pilot, Erika Bergman. Aquatica has emerged as an innovative pioneer in submersible technology space, with its Stingray 500 submarine featured as one of two submersibles that adventured to the depths of the Blue Hole. According to its website, Aquatica strives to “operate safe, robust and versatile manned submersibles for use in scientific, commercial
and recreational endeavours.” The company has also announced the creation of the Aquatica Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that will focus on ocean restoration, ocean exploration, and ocean education. Another great example of hightech solutions to global problems made locally is Lower Lonsdale-based Ecoation Innovative Solutions. The artificial intelligence firm produces a pest management and yield prediction robot that patrols the inside of tomato growers’ greenhouses using lights, lasers, chemical measurement and machine learning to detect early signs of stress in plants. The company currently employs 25 people in North Van but that is expected to jump by another 23 following a government grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada, set up to help Canadian entrepreneurs deploy globally competitive clean technology.
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RVRD Cinema is also flying high. The drone specialist provides speciality filming gear and expertise to various industries, including feature films, TV series, commercial productions, live events and industrial/agriculture aerial survey inspection. “We have been manufacturing drone systems since 2011 and since then we have expanded to offer all options for filming action: ‘Russian Arms,’ cable cams, large-scale RC camera chase cars, boats, electric bikes and dollys. Our custom heavylift ‘Rapture’ drones are built in North Vancouver and are heavily sought after on productions around Canada and the USA,” explained Kelen Loewen of RVRD, who noted that the company’s co-founders, Derek Heidt and Jason Toth, come from action sports backgrounds. “Our extensive experience in the UAV industry has granted us the best and broadest flying permits available. We are a problem-solving film company who are able to create and manufacture a solution to getting the shot needed by a production company.” The North Van-based company employs approximately 16 people and has worked on a long list of highprofile films and TV series, including The Revenant, Jumanji 2, Altered Carbon, Riverdale, The Flash, Once Upon A Time, Power Rangers, Maze Runner, Planet of the Apes and A Dog’s Purpose, to name a few. “A large portion of what we film is on the Sea to Sky Highway, local mountains, Howe Sound on boats and in downtown Vancouver. Being near all of these locations is important to our business. Where we are in North Van is not cramped,
which allows us space for all of our gear and vehicles. We have lots of open areas which we found difficult to find in other neighbourhoods. In addition to the space, we are right next door to specialized shops for vehicle repairs, mechanical parts suppliers and shipping locations which make our business run seamlessly.” Capilano University is also adding new technology to its campus. In April 2019, the federal government announced $1.9 million in funding for the university to establish the Indigenous Digital Accelerator Centre. The accelerator is intended to take nascent-stage companies led by Indigenous people and provide hands-on technical advice and mentoring from established industry professionals and Indigenous elders. The announcement comes as CapU is setting up another tech hub on campus. The school recently inked a deal with AMPD Technologies, Greenstone Initiatives and Hynes Developments to operate the Creative Tech Community. CapU’s Willow building, which was once home to the studio arts program, will be refurbished and given a high-performance data centre, to create a “blended environment” for students, faculty and private sector employers in animation, visual effects, mixed reality and video games.
“We are seeing new leaders leverage the waterfront, clean tech and digital media assets already in our community. We’re also seeing some innovative ideas and partnerships coming from our local Capilano University and First Nations,” added Stafford-Smith. “Often these companies are leaders in their fields, and an important source of employment, but unknown locally. At the North Van Chamber we are working to raise their profile, and ensure that our community supports what is required to grow these companies and provide the housing and office space they need to create the jobs of our future.” ◆ -with files from Elana Shepert and Brent Richter
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Edgemont Village is a perfect place to visit! Located minutes away from Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain, Edgemont Village feels like a mountain resort town. The relaxed ambience lures visitors from all over the North Shore and beyond. Its cosy coffee shops beckon you to sit down and enjoy a freshly baked treat with your coffee or tea, and its restaurants offer delicious, heartier fare to fuel you for all your North Shore adventures. www.edgemontvillage.ca # I
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32 Books & Gallery is an oasis of literary and artistic delight in the heart of Edgemont Village. Our shop is a gathering place for bibliophiles, dogs, creative humans, friends, travellers and neighbours. We offer our customers a wonderful selection of books as well as gifts for all ages and inclinations, unusual greeting cards, art for the wall and mantel, jewellery by Canadian & international artisans, games, puzzles, journals, and personal knowledgeable service with a smile.
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Edgemont Massage Therapy is celebrating its 30 year anniversary! It has been an absolute privilege helping people from the North Shore and beyond for 3 decades. We know that Great Massages Create Great Results! In addition, we are now super excited to announce that Dr. Brian Arthur, Chiropractor, and Dr. Carla Wiseman, Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, have joined the team. Having a multi-disciplinary clinic helps us better serve our patients, with all of that experience and technique at one location. Open 7 days a week for your convenience. Let us help you feel better now!
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We are a cosy little neighbourhood toy store in beautiful Edgemont Village! BC Playthings is a team of courageous “Play Specialists!” We are united by our connection to, and our collaboration with our customers, their families, our community, and the various professionals who work with children. BC Playthings cares about our growing community and because of that, we look for specialized toys for therapists, parents, and educators all the time. We love to work with specialists to expand on our selections to ensure your play space is current, fun and creative!
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Independently owned & operated, Highland Optical eyewear boutique has provided quality product, professional service, & both style & technical advice for ﬁfty ﬁve years. Our active participation in our community reﬂects our passion & commitment to you, our industry, and our neighbourhood. We are known for our ethical and respectful service, as well as our gracious aftercare. We invite you to shop in a lively, fun atmosphere where you’re sure to have an experience you’ll want to repeat.
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#I EdgemontVillage edgemontvillage.ca Join the fun as Edgemont Village celebrates the summer of 2019 with the North Shore’s most popular outdoor entertainment tradition The Edgemont Village Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale on Friday July 26, Saturday July 27, Sunday July 28, and Monday July 29!
Highlands United Youth Musical Bootcamp presents Godspell – performance on Friday July 19 at 4pm.
The Friday Night Summer Concerts every Friday in August 2, 9, 16 and 23.
Cruise the Shore event in the Village on Sunday August 25 at 10 am.
A local favorite since the early 90’s, this family owned business are the experts in “FAKING IT”! Trims provides the most remarkable options for areas in which real is not ideal! We specialize in the highest quality artiﬁcial reproductions for both indoors and out. Let us help you FAKE IT!
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Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for a gift, your new favourite store is in the heart of Edgemont Village. Rogers’ Chocolates offers premium chocolate options for every taste, crafted with Fair Trade Certiﬁed™ cocoa and carefully wrapped up in keepsake Canadian Artist Tins and elegant boxes like this stunning Luxury Collection. Come in store to enjoy a sample of premium chocolate and experience our exceptional customer service, here to help you select an indulgence to share, or to keep all to yourself!
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Get outside and
■ JUSTIN BEDDALL
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PHOTO CINDY GOODMAN
Mom was right. It’s important to stay active, and on the North Shore, the only thing you need to worry about is choosing which activity. Bracketed by mountains and ocean, the North Shore is a mecca for outdoor adventures, from shredding on the world famous mountain bike trails to paddling up scenic Indian Arm. Rather take a yoga class by the seaside or test your endurance and strength as you sweat through a boxing workout? No problem. Here’s a list of some of our favourite outdoor (and a few indoor!) activities for fun-seekers of all ages, skill levels and interests. GOOD OLD-FASHIONED PLAY TIME If you still have a burning case of Raptor fever and you’re looking for a game of pick-up basketball, there are lots of outdoor courts on the North Shore to get your jam on this summer. Pro tip: If you want to hit a spectacular Kawhi-esque game-winning jump shot set against an equally spectacular oceanside backdrop, we recommend Ambleside Park’s b-ball court located near the playground and skatepark. Of course, nothing says summer like a game of beach volleyball and the City of North Vancouver has a pair of temporary volleyball courts located just east of the dog park at Kings Mill Walk Park at Harbourside. The courts have soft sand and stunning harbour and city views. To reserve the courts or for more information, call 604-983-6318. Like golf? Check out one of the North Shore’s best-kept secrets: Murdo Frazer Pitch and Putt, a nine-hole course nestled in nature that’s perfect for golfers of all ages and abilities. Club rentals are available, and the course is open from 10 a.m. until dusk. These are just a few examples of the variety of fantastic parks, playgrounds and multi-use facilities available on the North Shore that are fun for the entire family. Many of these parks have unique features like basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields, and walking/running tracks and trails. So have fun out there – no matter what moves you. WATER BABIES This summer, it’s going to be hot, hot, hot. So, it’s a good thing there are a total of eight water parks in North and West Vancouver for the little ones to cool down and have some classic summer fun. With its rivers and surrounding ocean, the North Shore also has plenty of other outdoor options for adventure. Visitors and locals alike swarm to Deep Cove during the summer months and rent paddleboards, canoes or kayaks to explore Indian Arm and the surrounding islands and coves that dot the spectacular glacial fjord. Nearby Cates Park/Whey-ah-Wichen offers
beaches, tennis courts, seaside trails, adventure playground, picnic shelters and a boat launch. If you are in West Vancouver, try swimming at Ambleside Beach or signing up for sailing lessons to explore Burrard Inlet. If there’s no wind in the forecast, rent a speed boat or fishing charter in Horseshoe Bay. If you don’t like swimming with jellyfish, the kids will love the Aquatic Centre in West Vancouver that has a giant red slide that’s more than 17 metres tall! WALKERS/HIKERS Each year, 150,000 hikers tackle the Grouse Grind, a grueling 2.9-kilometre ascent, also known as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.” Novice hikers may take up to two hours to complete the challenging ascent and claim their prize: a remarkable, panoramic view of the city. If that sounds like too much of a grind, don’t sweat it. You can always take a leisurely stroll along the scenic 1.7-kilometre Centennial Seawalk in West Vancouver or enjoy the North Shore’s spectacular waterfront with a trek along the North Shore Spirit Trail that will eventually run from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay. If you’re looking for a fun summer hike for the entire family, pack your fishing poles and head to Rice Lake in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. It’s an excellent spot for exploring nature along the gravel trail loops, and there’s a dock on the east side of the lake that’s perfect for fishing and a picnic. TRAIL RUNNERS There’s a reason why some of the world’s top trail runners hail from the North Shore. This area is famous for its vast trail running network that offers routes for expert to beginner levels. If you’re just getting started, try joining a trail-running group like the Kinetic Trail Run (Intro) or MEC training clinic to give you the solid footing to get started and take it to the next level. Looking for a unique new trail-running experience? Try exploring Capilano River Regional Park, where you can run between tall and majestic Douglas firs and western red cedars as you listen to the relaxing natural soundtrack played by the Capilano River. Once you’ve hit your stride on the trails, try signing up for a trail race – there’s a ton to choose from, including the 5 Peaks Trail Running Series: Mount Seymour, Coast Mountain Trail Series and Club Fat Ass, to name a few. BIKERS With its vast network of challenging downhill terrain, the North Shore has earned a global rep as a mountain bike mecca. Not sure where to get started? Contact North Vancouver’s Endless Biking, and you can sign up for lessons, training and private guided tours so you can enjoy some unforgettable local riding experiences. If your kids are ready to join mom
and dad on the trails, sign them up for Sprokids, which offers classes and camps for young riders who are 6-18 years old. But you don’t need a hardcore attitude and body armour to enjoy a bike ride on the North Shore. There are also lots of family-friendly rides on the North Shore such as the Spirit Trail – which takes you along some of the North Shore’s most scenic places and gives you plenty of options for a coffee or ice cream along the way. Another great option is the City of North Vancouver’s Green Necklace, a 7.5-kilometre loop that takes riders on a tour past historic parks and buildings, public spaces and commercial areas. DRIVING You just put a fresh coat of wax on your cherry-red convertible 1968 Mustang and now you feel like a cruise. There are some beautiful scenic drives on the North Shore to enjoy on a warm summer night. Wind your way along the oceanside on the Old Dollarton Highway, stop for a doughnut in the Cove and then park your wheels for some car-hop service at the White Spot at Park & Tilford on your way home. If you’re in the mood for a longer Sunday Drive, cruise along Marine Drive to Horseshoe Bay and continue on the ultra-scenic Sea-toSky Highway to Squamish, or beyond. During the summer, there’s a full lineup of car shows on the North Shore to check out. If Corvettes get your motor running, check out the 29th Annual Waterfront Park Show ‘N Shine on July 7, starting at 8:30 a.m. If you want to take a scenic ferry ride and then admire some classic cars, check out the Bowen Island Classic Motor Show on July 20. Other summer shows include Lower Mainland VEGA Club Show and Shine (August 11), Cruise the Shore (August 24-25) and All Japanese Classic Auto, Truck & Bike Show (August 25), to name a few. WEEKEND WARRIORS For adventure seekers craving an adrenaline rush, your next thrill is just a tram ride away. Grouse Mountain offers two-hour zip-lining tours across the peaks and canyons of Grouse and Dam Mountains that will get your adrenaline pumping as you reach speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour on lines that are up to 60 metres. If it’s raining out and rock-climbing is your thing, you can still get your thrill at North Vancouver’s two indoor rock climbing facilities without getting wet. Adventure seekers in search of higher-altitude thrills might want to try tandem paragliding from Grouse Mountain Peak that offers thrilling descents that touch down at Cleveland Park – an elevation drop of more than one kilometre. Prefer the sound of a rushing river? North Shore Kayaks
offers lessons, rentals and guided trips to thrilling whitewater destinations. FAMILY-FUN Nothing beats the thrill of sloshing down a waterslide at high speed. And now you don’t have to travel to Tsawwassen. Just be sure to make plans for the City of North Vancouver’s Fun City Festival, which takes place July 13-14 and includes a 1,000-foot-long water slide as the main attraction, along with tons of other fun activities at this two-day community celebration. Prefer nature? Bird-watching at the 311-acre conservation area at Maplewood Flats is another fun family activity. While walking the three kilometres of gravel trails along the Burrard Inlet and marshland area, keep an eye out for the 200-plus different bird species that have been spotted here. Also keep an eye out for deer, otter and other critters. After a morning of birding, just down the street, you can visit Maple Wood Farm, which has been a must-visit spot for North Shore families since 1975. What kids don’t want to interact with birds, cows, goats, horses, pigs, rabbits and sheep up close? On July 13, be sure to check of the fourth annual Summer Family Fun Fest at the West Vancouver Community Centre. The fun-packed day features free activities, including the Ride and Slide Playzone, swimming, inflatable slip and slide, gymnastics, Sportball demos and more! There will also be live music, food trucks and artisan market. FITNESS & TRAINING Want to enhance your mind, body and soul? Sign up for MEC’s weekly Yoga Meet-Up that takes place at the MEC North Vancouver community room (212 Brooksbank Ave.). Sessions are led by Jeff Grace, who specializes in sport-specific yoga and therapeutic yoga. Or maybe you want to shake up your fitness routine? Try a Zumba class at North Vancouver Recreation & Culture. These workouts will have you following smooth dance moves that will get your body in shape while you have fun moving to the rhythm. If you have a North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Fitness Membership, you can join Trail Trekkers for drop-in walks and hikes for free. Hikes are approximately two hours, and non-members can pay a fitness membership drop-in fee to join the trek. If you want to ratchet up the workout intensity, sign up for an outdoor bootcamp at the beach or in a park – there are several to choose from on the North Shore. Want to get boxing fit? Try a class at Griffins Boxing and Fitness to find out why boxers are some of the bestconditioned athletes. ➞ EXPLORE THE SHORE • JULY 2019 15
➞ Four-lEGGED FAMIly MEMBErS With an abundance of trails, parks, seaside walks and lush rainforest, the North Shore is heaven for those who love to stay active in the outdoors. It’s also a pretty heavenly spot for Spot. In West Vancouver, there are 14 off-leash areas, including Lighthouse Park (trails only) and Whytecliff Park. Ambleside Park has a dedicated doggie play area that spans 3.52 hectares and includes grassy areas, trails and beach access. In North Vancouver, be sure to check out the doggy favourite Lynn Canyon Park, as well as Kings Mill Walk Dog
Park, located between the Spirit Trail and the waterfront, just to the west of Harbourside Place. Mosquito Creek Park is an off-leash area that offers pets and their owners a leisurely walk along a gravel path and some unique industrial waterfront views and lookouts. Visit the different municipal websites for a full list of on- and off-leash parks and trails. olDEr ADultS If you are 65 or older and want to stay physically active, North Vancouver Recreation & Culture offers a variety of fun and social programs for seniors, including Adapted Yoga – a chair-based yoga
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class for people experiencing mobility challenges – ActivAge and Choose to Move. The West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre runs a wide range of group fitness classes, including Hearts in Motion, Energizer, and Zumba Gold. Interested in bicycle riding and making new friends? Join the Seniors’ Activity Centre Outdoor Cycling Program, which caters to seniors of all abilities. Lawn bowling is incredibly popular with seniors (and players of all ages) and the North Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club, which was founded in 1932, currently has 270 members
of all different ages and physical abilities. The North Shore Keep Well Society offers free drop-in mild exercise programs for older adults from Dundarave to Parkgate that are very popular. If you live in the Seymour area, be sure to join the Parkgate Pacers – a walking group that goes for a one-hour walk around the community. Equally popular is the socializing with coffee and tea afterwards. So, that’s just a few ideas to get you out and about and to enjoy all that the North Shore has to offer. What are you waiting for? ◆
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eat Dishing up patios across the shore ■ CHRIS DAGENAIS
Sir David Attenborough could narrate the phenomenon: the weary North Shore dweller, hunkered down against the interminable coastal rains for more than half the year, beset on all sides by shelter-seeking wolf spiders, finally emerges for a brief spell in search of outdoor sustenance and libation. During this fleeting window, the beleaguered Wet Coaster, as she is colloquially known, migrates to the various patios that have been erected in anticipation of her patronage. There, she will face fierce competition for a coveted table in the sunshine. The North Shore’s patio season is short but intense, with locals clamouring to take in as much al fresco dining as possible before the days begin to get too short and too wet, as they invariably do by October. Outdoor dining options have increased exponentially over the last three years or so, following a prolonged, inexplicable paucity of patios, terraces, and courtyards. Happily, today on the North Shore there are patios attached to a wide array of eateries representing diverse culinary traditions and styles. A summer spent hopping from one patio to the next is an enriching way to get a taste of the flavours that are on offer here year-round, while also taking in the breathtaking scenery found at locations across the North Shore. Here are some of the best bets for seasonal outdoor options: Set against the stunning backdrop of Deep Cove’s Panorama Park, Arm’s Reach Bistro turns out some of the most consistently wellprepared, nuanced West Coast, accessible finedining fare around. The patio is a tough spot on which to score a table, especially during the restaurant’s exceedingly popular brunch service, but mid-week visits, made more compelling by nightly specials, are a reliable bet. 4390 Gallant Avenue. Armsreachbistro.com Breakfast doesn’t get much better than Lower Lonsdale favourite Lift Breakfast Bakery’s offering. Accomplished chef/owner Jane Copeland helms a kitchen committed to creative riffs on morning classics and exceptional baking. The Heritage Hash with poached eggs, crispy potato, smoked pork hock and pickled red onion is phenomenal and a great Sunday cure for Saturday’s indulgences. A small but charming, garden-style patio puts you in the center of Lonsdale action. Lift is now serving dinner too, with a focus on pasta. 101 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver. Liftonlonsdale.ca One of the greatest patios anywhere is situated in an unlikely spot just south of Marine 18 JULY 2019 • EXPLORE THE SHORE
Drive on Mackay Road. It belongs to Orto Artisan Pasta, a gem of a spot with an expansive herb and vegetable garden in which guests may sit at a number of tables accommodating various group sizes. Garden patio seating creates an urban oasis and gives you a real sense of connection with the very produce that will populate the plates of your meal. The focus is on house-made pasta with sauces of hyper local, seasonal provenance, but there are also some great nonpasta options, including charcuterie, pate, cheeses, vegetarian options, soups, and a contender for best dessert on the North Shore, a chocolate hazelnut tart of astounding richness. Bread from neighbour Bad Dog is served with every meal. 1600 Mackay Road, North Vancouver. ortoartisanpasta.com Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio does just what it says on the box, offering an idyllic patio situated at Ambleside, with a perspective on the near-ish beach and glimmering lights of freighters in the evening. Ancora is a high-end affair, to be sure, but your money is well spent here as meticulous preparation and plating is evident on every dish of the seafoodheavy menu. An extensive raw bar connects you to some of the freshest seafood the market has to offer on any given day, while a tome of a wine list runs deep and offers the ideal pairing for pretty much anything. Modern décor, professional service, compelling cocktails and plenty of ways to treat yourself make this a great special occasion spot. 1351 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver. Ancoradining.com If you ever run errands on Lonsdale near 20th Street, you have likely taken pause to appreciate the alluring scents emanating from the kitchen of a tiny spot that packs big flavours, Indian Fusion. The restaurant’s narrow patio, while tight on space, supplies a welcome intimacy and, when paired with the assertive, sensual flavours and aromas of an ambitious Northern Indian menu, makes for a great date night spot. Sip a chilled Kingfisher while you tuck into a silky mustard and coconut-lifted Alaskan black cod Goan curry and you’ll wonder why you don’t do this sort of thing more often. 2045 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver. Indianfusiononline.com You can take the Skyride to the top, but you will likely feel a lot better about your second pint and basket of wings if you tackle the Grouse Grind or BCMC trails to get to Altitudes Bistro on the top floor of the mountaintop chalet at Grouse Mountain Resort. The views really are all that and a bag of chips, and probably warrant the $59 price tag every once in a while if you do take the tram; the ticket gets you access to other activities as well. Altitudes’ menu is comprised of straightforward West Coast casual fare, but you will find a few gems here and there, including the popular Mountain Nachos which are enormous and eminently shareable. 6400 Nancy Greene Way. Grousemountain.com
eat The very bottom of Lonsdale Avenue is patio heaven with a pedestrian thoroughfare concept that took hold back in 2017. Of the various patios between Esplanade and Carrie Cates, the surfboard-shrouded one at Raglans Bistro arguably offers the most unique opportunity to while away a summer evening. The New Zealand surf town-themed tiki bar offers a fun menu of colorful, fruity cocktails, draft beers, and down to earth bites that tend towards the hefty (think burgers, poutine, tacos, nachos, and stick-to-your ribs brunch items). 15 Lonsdale Avenue. Facebook.com/RaglansBistro. ◆
Beer with Bite The prevailing wisdom is that regions that produce reputable wines also produce stellar cuisine. But what about breweries? Do they have the same knock-on effect, breeding good food? That’s a resounding yes, at least here on the North Shore. Head below the tracks to Black Kettle Brewing where a dedicated food truck doles out surprisingly great dishes several nights a week. The menu is ever changing, but watch for fare like Alaskan Cod Burgers, or Salt & Pepper Dry Ribs. Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers has a full-on restaurant vibe with an extensive seasonal menu that pairs with the brewery’s ambitious beer lineup. Try Ahi Tuna Poke, Wild Truffled Nachos, or Beer Sausages on your next visit. Stellar tacos are the name of the game at North Vancouver favourite Bridge Brewing’s Charlotte Road tasting room. Knock back a pint of Bourbon Blood Orange wheat ale to wash down a buffalo paneer or jerk pork taco and then refill your growler with a limited edition brew. Newly opened Wildeye Brewing on Main Street near the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge isn’t messing around in the food department, launching a bistro that will feature thoughtful, creative fare like Wild Sole Ceviche, Two Rivers Sausage Flatbread, or Pork Shoulder and Capicola Cubanos.
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#shoplocal at these 10 amazing shopping destinations ■ AMANDA STUTT
For some, shopping is a necessary action to keep a house in order and cupboards and refrigerators filled. For others shopping is a hobby, and strolling aisles looking for special finds is a pleasant way to fill the hours. For still others, shopping is an art form, or even a sport, and North Shore dwellers do love their sports. Whatever shopping means to you, be mindful of the importance of supporting local businesses – it strengthens community ties and keeps our economy healthy. Let us guide you to 10 great local shopping spots sure to score points with shoppers of all sorts. Mountain Equipment Co-op is a go-to store for all things outdoor, whether it be camping or ski gear, bicycles, athletic gear, active wear and hiking shoes. The community component is key: there are equipment rentals, repairs and recycling services available. A lifetime membership is only $5. Location: 212 Brooksbank Ave., North Vancouver. Shopping for kitchen gear is an adventure at Essential Kitchenware in the beloved Lonsdale Quay Market. Fun finds to add some sparkle to your kitchen or someone else’s (great gifts founds here) range from brightly coloured tea towels and oven mitts to coffee mugs, tea pots, highly functional kitchen accessories and beautiful potteries. While you’re at the Lonsdale Quay Market, let your senses guide you to the fragrant aromas and eye-popping bouquets found at Flowers by May. Whether you’re looking for a few stems to brighten up your home, or a gift basket to brighten up someone’s day, May’s array of fresh-cut flowers range from domestic to exotic, and will never disappoint. Location: 123 Carrie Cates Ct., North Vancouver. Let’s head over to Edgemont Village, where nearly 100 family-owned shops are found.
Giftworks Boutique stands out for its variety of works by local B.C. artisans. Whether you’re looking for a treat for yourself or a unique gift, fabulous finds line the boutique’s shelves, from home décor to jewelry, watches, candles, art, accessories, perfume and more. This year, Giftworks was awarded Platinum Status in the North Shore News Reader’s Choice Awards. Location: 3080 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver. While we’re shopping in Edgemont Village, let’s not forget about our furry friends at home. Paws & Claws Pantry pet food and supplies dog and cat foods, puppy toys, kitten cradles, health and fitness products to leashes – everything a pet could ever need. Everything but love, that is – that’s where you come in. Location: 3071 Woodbine Dr., North Vancouver. Over in West Vancouver, the iconic Park Royal Mall boasts an abundance of shopping options. Simons is a sure bet for quality and price on almost everything your could need domestically. From men’s, women’s and children’s fashions to jewelry and accessories to home décor, linens and bedding, you’ll find it here. Location: 2002 Park Royal South, West Vancouver. ➞
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Honey Doughnuts & Goodies in Deep Cove for exquisite baked goodies that have made this doughnut shop famous. (Celebrities have been spotted here!) We recommend the classic, melt in your mouth honey cruller. Honey’s also serves breakfast and lunch and has an outdoor patio. Location: 4373 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver. And as we head home at the end of the day, let’s not forget to pick up a bottle at Everything Wine. Shop a huge selection of local and international varieties. We love Liquidity Wines’ spicy Viognier (B.C. white), Joel Gott’s smooth Zinfandel (B.C. red), and Fort Berens Estate Winery’s subtle orange edition (B.C. rose). Location: 998 Marine Dr., North Vancouver. Cheers to all the vendors that make shopping the North Shore a great experience! ◆
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