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PUBLISHER PETER KVARNSTROM

GRAPHIC DESIGNER MYRA MCGRATH

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PROJECT COORDINATOR TANNIS HENDRIKS CONTRIBUTORS LISE BOULLARD JUSTIN BEDDALL ELIZABETH JAMES TANNIS HENDRIKS

PHOTOGRAPHERS CINDY GOODMAN MIKE WAKEFIELD PAUL MCGRATH TANNIS HENDRIKS FILE PHOTOS AND ISTOCK IMAGES ALSO USED.

Go ahead and explore… Working on this project got me thinking about why I love the North Shore, and I have to start by being very honest with you all. I moved to North Vancouver from White Rock in August 2008, and I wasn’t sure that I was going to like it here. In fact, it was the rumour of non-stop rain that had me wondering if my husband and I had made the right decision. It didn’t take long for me to realize that we had made the right decision, in spite of the rain. We have the ocean at our feet, the mountains at our backs, and everything in between that makes life on the North Shore truly amazing. I love many of the micro-communities and neighbourhoods that form the Shore, and will find myself exploring some of these on foot, bicycle or on my motorcycle. Being lucky enough to have travelled to some faraway places and experienced new cuisines, it’s gratifying to know that I can relive those memories and satisfy my hunger by simply enjoying a meal at one of the many ethnic restaurants here. I sometimes envy food critics, journalists and bloggers… what a fun and delicious job they have. Speaking of jobs, you can’t get any more local than working at a community newspaper. I’ve worked in this industry for the last 24 years at various newspapers across the Lower Mainland.

My work at the North Shore Outlook and now the North Shore News has opened my eyes to the various levels of economy that exist here, both the issues and benefits of working on the North Shore, and the importance of shopping locally to support an economy that ultimately supports the quality of life we all enjoy. Oh, and the shopping! I could go on and on about the great shopping here, but that’s a potentially dangerous endeavour for me while in between paycheques. I’m a very active person who loves spending time outdoors with my family. Exploring Lynn Headwaters and rock-hopping along the river, grabbing our tennis rackets and cycling to a nearby tennis court, walking down to Lonsdale Quay Market for lunch and a treat, checking out the live music and artisan vendors at the Shipyards Friday Night Market – we’ve done so much in the ten years we’ve lived here, but yet I feel like there’s so much more to see and do. In this feature, we wanted to give you an overview of life on the North Shore – living, working, playing, eating and shopping – and ultimately celebrate our good fortune to live here. Enjoy the read, and then get out and go Explore the Shore!

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■ ELIZABETH JAMES

Visitors who arrived on the North Shore in the mid-1950s would have found the area an engaging mix of unique small communities and, despite some significant changes, much the same can be said for those who Explore the Shore today. Travelling the 35 kilometres between West Vancouver and the boating village of Deep Cove in the District of North Vancouver still reveals an architectural and societal diorama of three unique municipalities and two First Nations territories that make up the North Shore of Metro Vancouver. Attempting to capture the essence of West Vancouver in a few words does it a disservice. Although it reaches along the mountainside and eastward from the busy Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal to the frenetic crosstown and Lions Gate Bridge traffic hub at Park Royal, Taylor Way and Marine Drive, residents still have managed to preserve much of the seaside village ambience that influenced its development in the early 20th century. Taylor Way is named after engineer Alfred J. Taylor who, financed by the Irish/Anglo beerbrewing Guinness family, built a suspension bridge over the First Narrows of Burrard Inlet to connect Vancouver with the North Shore. Using only the technology of the day, construction began in April, 1937 and the now famous Lions Gate Bridge was opened a mere 20 months later. Remarkably, it will celebrate its 80th anniversary this year.

That transportation link facilitated the real-estate ambitions of another Guinness-led entity – British Pacific Properties. After paying the municipality $300 for around 4,000 acres of mountainside lands, residential development began. Officially Capilano Estates, the affluent residential enclave will forever be known to Vancouverites as British Properties. Inevitably, the bridge and expansion of the ferry terminal brought many changes to the residential and commercial areas of West Vancouver along and bordering the Marine Drive corridor. Small homes originally built as seaside vacation cottages for Vancouver families were gradually replaced by new and much larger homes. Ambleside has long been a family friendly beachfront park while Bellevue Avenue and Dundarave boast a delightful mix of small restaurants, quaint boutiques and grocery stores. As it resists much of the relentless tide of condodevelopment that is eating its way through the North Shore, West Vancouver may find itself standing as the last bastion of what many long-term residents like to remember as the good old days on the North Shore. North Vancouver was originally settled thousands of years ago by two Coast Salish First Nations – the Squamish (Skwxwu7mesh, or Mother of the Wind) and the TsleilWaututh (Slay-Wah-Tuth, or People of the Inlet). Today, though they play out startlingly different community visions, the two North Vancouvers are inextricably bound – to such an extent that most residents have difficulty describing city and district

boundaries. The upside, of course, is that the benefits and amenities of both can be enjoyed by everyone on the Shore. Born and educated in the city, realtor Tony Rossetti knows both North Vancouvers well. “There are so many great neighbourhoods in North Vancouver, many with unique features,” he began. “Having grown up on the boundary of Lower and Central Lonsdale and now living in Upper Lonsdale, I have a fondness for that corridor, where lots of great amenities are just a short walk away.” Although scattered throughout the city and district, those amenities include Lions Gate Hospital; stage and movie theatres; recreation centres and private fitness studios; public and private schools, Capilano University and the 37 stores in the Parkgate Village Shopping Centre that serve residents who live in the Seymour area of the district. Astounded by the explosive growth in recent years, Rossetti says North Vancouver remains a superb place to live, “a great destination for locals and tourists alike.” ➞

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live ➞ As North Vancouver residents will be quick to tell you, many established and erstwhile quiet enclaves are in the throes of development upheavals that are propelling entire neighbourhoods forward into the next century. One of the smaller neighbourhoods that remains largely untouched is Norgate, a post-war community of modest family homes located between Squamish lands on the west and Pemberton Avenue to the east. Built around 1950 by Norman Hullah Construction – a prominent builder of the day – it is a testament to the quality of that company’s work that the area is still a much-loved home for families with a broad range of incomes. With immediate access to public transit along Marine Drive, a beautiful neighbourhood park, grocery stores and Capilano Mall, it could hardly be a friendlier or more convenient place to live.

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Yet a 10-minute trip up Capilano Road from Norgate brings explorers to the equally friendly Edgemont Village. Surrounded by residential neighbourhoods on the winding hillside slopes toward Canyon Heights, Edgemont’s small commercial area provides everything a family could need in the way of services: a nearby supermarket; physicians’ offices; optometrists, dentists, boutique stores and salons; gift shops, restaurants and more. Opportunities for recreation abound at the new Delbrook Recreation Centre, at the Murdo Frazer Pitch and Putt and the ever- popular William Griffin Park, as well as on plentiful natural hiking trails. When asked for his take on the essence of Edgemont, 44-year resident Corrie Kost replied fervently, “Edgemont feels like a village, looks like a village, and IS a village – no hi-rises! We hope that when the current construction/

disruption ceases, we can recapture that village feel.” And then there is Lynn Valley along Highway 1 to the east. Growing up as it did around what is now a 1,000-year-old, 617-acre forest, Lynn Valley became as one with its natural surroundings and wildlife. More than 55 years ago, people who came to the area to live, found peace and quiet amid a canopy of the trees that remained virtually undisturbed by their presence. I recently spoke with a ‘somewhat newcomer’ who moved to Lynn Valley only 30 years ago, who said that she most appreciates the area’s huge variety of hiking and

dog-friendly trails - from Bridgman Park to Lynn Headwaters and over to Seymour. Day-to-day, although this neighbourhood, too, is undergoing change, residents enjoy the convenience of Lynn Valley Centre and the walkable village with a relatively new library, restaurants and beauty salons. All-in-all, though change can be disquieting, those who live on the Shore, have a fierce devotion for everything that has made it such a happy and secure place to call home, are finding ways to embrace the future while preserving the traditions they hold dear.


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All sectors are valuable contributors to a thriving local economy ■ ELIZABETH JAMES

The shared vision of the North and West Vancouver Chambers of Commerce is to support and extend the thriving economies on the North Shore. So, whether a business is a successful home-based operation, retail commerce or light to heavy industrial, all sectors make a valuable contribution toward that goal. Are you exploring the Shore in the hope of relocating your existing business? Would you like to establish a new business here? Are you simply curious about the diversity of our local economy? Whatever your answer, a good way to become conversant with the North Shore economy and business climate

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is to begin with a review of local business association and municipal websites, and if you’re a business owner, by attending a few Chamber meetings and chatting with the members you meet there. In brief, though, business-minded explorers will find it interesting to see that data from the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce show that “65 per cent of North Vancouver businesses have fewer than five employees” and that “97 per cent employ 50 staff or less.” There is little doubt West Vancouver numbers mirror or exceed that experience. What that means, of course, is that despite the obvious presence of large

waterfront industrial operations, the often unassuming small-business sector also makes a huge contribution to both economies. That may be especially so for the home-based business subsector. In any event, by way of arming you with some basic information, here are a few words about business and the North Shore economy in general. West Vancouver’s “bedroom community” economy which, traditionally, has been aimed at servicing the local area, has been under the microscope for some years with a view to diversifying and broadening its scope. To illustrate: until recently, Park Royal Shopping Centre, small-to-mid-size retail,


unassuming small-business sector “THE OFTEN

ALSO MAKES A HUGE CONTRIBUTION TO BOTH ECONOMIES.”

professional services and restaurant commerce in Ambleside-Dundarave, Caulfeild and Horseshoe Bay have been the most visible businesses based in West Vancouver. Today, as a result of more subtle redevelopment changes, and aided by some of the lowest business taxes in Metro Vancouver, a concerted effort is being made to diversify the local economy and make it more resilient.

As you’ll see from the municipal website, an Economic Development Plan is encouraging exciting and positive change that will “support existing and future businesses, provide more local employment and broaden the municipal tax base.” When fully implemented, these changes provide many new opportunities for business throughout West Vancouver. As one might expect from North Vancouver’s long history of shipbuilding, railroad freight transit and other large Port-related industries, area economies tend to mirror their success. In 2016, Port Metro Vancouver reported its ongoing operations had created 40,200 direct full-time jobs

in British Columbia, representing approximately $2.7 billion in wages. When indirect and spinoff jobs are included, those numbers roughly double. Although North Vancouver numbers aren’t shown, the Port’s overall positive economic impact is impressive – even before similar data for waterfront corporations like Seaspan and Neptune Terminals, etc. are taken into account. On June 15, 2018, in its latest piece of good news, Seaspan Shipyards, one of North Vancouver’s largest employers, announced it was celebrating “the start of construction on the first Joint Support Ship for the Royal Canadian Navy.” “Seaspan is proud to offer a number of highly-skilled, well-paid jobs in North Vancouver (and) at peak production on these support ships, Vancouver Shipyards will employ approximately 1,000 tradespeople and 300 office workers.” Neptune Terminals, a major presence on the North Shore for over 45 years, is in similar good shape, shipping metallurgical coal, potash and fertilizer products around the world. North Vancouverite and former Newfie, Mike McLaughlin, says Neptune has been a great employer. Recently retired after 47 years with the company, his workmates wished him the best of the best “for his honesty, hard work and dedication from Day One.”

As mentioned previously, though, it is the family-owned, home-based businesses who collectively make a huge contribution to the local economies of both North Shore communities. They are able to do so, of course, due to the relative ease with which they can achieve a positive work/life balance. Many small-business owners also live and shop on the North Shore and enjoy feeling more connected to their community and customers. Supporting these local merchants is an important way for everyone to keep the economy healthy and vibrant since, one way or another, most of them reinvest their tax dollars in their community. Other major employers and contributors to the area’s business world who deserve special mention have to be North Shore Studios, who brought the film and television world into the heart of North Vancouver; and all the other essential players in retail, commerce, industry and the professions who keep the community ticking – fed, housed, well-serviced and in good health.

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play Everyone should get out and play on the Shore ■ JUSTIN BEDDALL

It’s great to live on the North Shore. It’s even better to play here. Whether you’re a weekend warrior craving high-adrenaline sports, a young family looking for some new adventures, a casual hiker or hardcore mountain biker – the North Shore has endless outdoor (and indoor) activities for all ages, skill levels and interests. Here’s a list to get you started. GOOD OLD-FASHIONED PLAY TIME Did you know there’s newly surfaced public tennis courts at Little Cates Park where you can admire the stunning ocean views while working on your serve? The North Shore has no shortage of amazing parks, playgrounds and multi-use facilities that are fun for the entire family. These outdoor spots are great for kids – and parents – to make new friends, play and connect with the community. Many of these parks have unique features like basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields, walking/running tracks and even water parks for those hot summer days. Ready, set, play. WATER BABIES With its rivers and surrounding ocean, the North Shore is a watersport wonderland. 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. But that’s just the start. Try swimming at Ambleside Beach or signing up for sailing lessons to explore the Burrard Inlet. If there’s no wind in the forecast, rent a speedboat or fishing charter in Horseshoe Bay. If you don’t like swimming with jellyfish, try going for a dip in the spectacular new 25-metre, six-lane pool at the Delbrook Community Recreation Centre near

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Edgemont Village. The kids will love the Aquatic Centre in West Vancouver that has a giant red slide at an elevation of 17.43 metres! WALKERS/HIKERS The North Shore has trails and pathways for hikers and walkers of all skill and fitness levels – from a leisurely stroll along the scenic 1.7-kilometre Centennial Seawalk in West Vancouver to ascending the 2.9-kilometre Grouse Grind, a.k.a. “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster,” that will test your endurance and reward you with a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Want something somewhere in between? 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. Another summer recommendation for locals or visitors is Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, which offers a range of hiking trails and paths set against the backdrop of pristine North Shore wilderness.

BIKERS Mountain bikers come from around the globe to tackle the world famous North Shore downhill terrain. 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 route or exploring West Vancouver, starting at Ambleside and cruising along the shoreline all the way to Horseshoe Bay where you can reward yourself with a fish ‘n’ chips lunch and ferry watching. CRUISERS For those who like to play on four wheels, 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 and stop for a doughnut in the Cove. Rather head West? Take a cruise

along Marine Drive to Horseshoe Bay. If you’re still in the mood for cruising, continue on the ultra-scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler, or beyond. If you want to park for a while, there are many car shows on the North Shore to check out, including Cruise the Shore benefiting Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, happening on Saturday, July 21 at Ambleside Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other shows include the Bowen Island Classic Motor Show, Lower Mainland VEGA Club Show and Shine, Jaguar-MG Heritage Classic, BMW Car Club of BC Concours and Heritage Celebration and All Japanese Classic Auto, Truck & Bike Show, to name a few. WEEKEND WARRIORS You don’t have to rock climb in the rain. North Vancouver has two indoor rock climbing facilities to help you get ready for summer climbing. If you’re ➞

TRAIL RUNNERS Love the outdoors and love running? It’s a marriage made in North Shore heaven. Take a break from pavement-pounding and try trail running. The North Shore has produced some of the world’s top trail runners and 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 trailrunning group like the Kinetic Trail Run (Intro) to give you the solid footing to get started. Once you’ve hit your stride in the trails, try signing up for a trail race – there’s a ton to choose from: the 5 Peaks Trail Running Series, Coast Mountain Trail Series and Club Fat Ass, just to name a few.

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➞ an adventure seeker who prefers a higher-altitude rush, Tandem Paragliding offers thrilling descents from the peak of Grouse Mountain that touch down at Cleveland Park – an elevation drop of approximately 1,000 metres. Still looking for more adventure? Head back up the tram and try the thrillride ziplines at Grouse Mountain that take riders hurtling through mountain peaks and canyons. FAMILY-FUN What kids don’t want to interact with birds, cows, goats, horses, pigs, rabbits and sheep up close? Since 1975, Maplewood Farm in North Van has been a family staple on the North Shore. Looking for some new family adventures on the Shore? Check out the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre. It’s worth it just to check out the building, which is shaped like a dogwood flower. Inside it gets even better, with plant and animal galleries and lots of other cool historical displays. Want family fun that’s a little more beach-y? Bring a kite to Cates Park or Ambleside Beach and enjoy a family picnic afterwards. Or if you’d rather be fishing, pack a rod and lunch and go to Rice Lake, which is stocked with rainbow trout. FITNESS & TRAINING Need some motivation to get back in shape? Try a 50-minute indoor spin class at Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre that will prepare you to tackle even the steepest hills the North Shore has to offer. Want to get outside to get your sweat on? Try joining Trail Trekkers, a free program for anyone with a North Vancouver Recreation

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& Culture fitness membership that takes participants on guided treks along North Shore trails and pathways. 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 best-conditioned athletes. FOR FOUR-LEGGED FAMILY MEMBERS The North Shore has many awesome dog parks, both on and off leash, for Fido to frolic with his canine friends. Lynn Canyon


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Park is a favourite, as well as Kings Mill Walk Dog Park, located between the Spirit Trail and the waterfront, just to the west of Harbourside Place. In West Vancouver, Ambleside Park has a dedicated doggie play area that spans 3.52 hectares and includes grassy areas, trails and beach access. Want Fido to join you for a sunset stroll along the seawalk? Since dogs are not allowed on the seawalk, a dedicated off-leash dog trail can be found on the north side of the fence, extending from 19th Street to 24th Street. Don’t forget to leash your dog before and after this path. Visit the different municipal websites for a full list of on and off leash parks and trails. OLDER ADULTS There’s no shortage of activities for seniors on the North Shore. One popular pursuit is lawn bowling. The North Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club, which was founded in 1932, currently has 270 members of all different ages and physical abilities. Once you have bowled on grass you will never go back! The North Shore Keep Well Society offers free drop-in mild exercise programs for older adults from Dundarave to Parkgate that are very popular. Want to try something different? Parkgate Community Centre offers Chair Yoga 55+ – “mild yoga for those who cannot fold themselves into a pretzel on the floor” and 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 there you have it. Just a few ideas to get you out and about and enjoying all that the North Shore has to offer. What are you waiting for?

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eat Go on a global culinary journey across the Shore ■ LISE BOULLARD

Travelling allows us to step outside of our day-to-day lives and delve into a world of new sights, tastes and sounds, opening our minds — and often expanding our palates. And with the array of culinary diversity we have right here on the North Shore, we don’t need to venture far to immerse ourselves in the culture and cuisine of a faraway land, even if it’s only for an hour or two. Here, we take you on a culinary journey across the North Shore with stops at establishments featuring fare from around the world. This summer start by heading south to the U.S. for perfectly seasoned and grilled barbecued chicken, as well as pulled pork and beef brisket at Smoke and Bones BBQ on Marine Drive. Later, make a stop in sunny California for cocktails, burgers, nachos, quesadillas and tacos served in a laidback tikistyle room at Raglan’s Bistro in Lower Lonsdale. Next, cross the border to La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop on Welch Street to sample Mexico’s traditional fare

(think tacos el pastor and tortilla soup) made using fresh, local ingredients. After that cross the pond to England for the country’s favourite snack: fish and chips at Montgomery’s Fish & Chips at Lonsdale Quay. If you’re not feeling too full yet, it’s time for more barbecue, but with a Portuguese twist, at the family-owned Barcelos Flame Grilled Chicken, known for its special Peri sauce. If you’re fancying a sweet or savoury treat at this point, move north on the world map for French cuisine at The Truffle House & Cafe in Dundarave Village. Truffles and truffle oil feature prominently on the menu which boasts a Truffle Omelette and a Black Truffle Parmesan Brioche, and a Caramel and Apple Crepe for dessert. You’ll also find excellent French food at the hidden gem that is Tour de Feast. Located in an industrial block and run by a chef who hails from India, the cuisine is upscale gourmet French at its finest (think an Alsacienne onion tart and Duck Breast served with Gnocchi). ➞

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eat ➞ Moving closer to the Mediterranean Sea, we recommend stopping for elegant Northern Italian cuisine at romantic Carmelo’s in Ambleside. For Greek specialties which, come summer months, can be enjoyed on a beautiful patio, make your way to Anatoli Souvlaki in Lonsdale, which has been serving North Shore patrons since 1984. Ideally at this point you would board a flight and head south to Africa, but in our research we didn’t uncover an African restaurant on the North Shore (ditto for an establishment serving South American cuisine); definitely a business opportunity for those with culinary aspirations. Luckily there is an abundance of Persian cuisine available north of the Burrard Inlet, at a variety of eateries including Yaas Grill House on Lonsdale. Representing the North Shore’s strong Persian influence, Yaas serves well-seasoned chicken,

lamb and beef kebabs served alongside the national specialty, Persian rice, and grilled tomatoes. The Barberry rice pilaf is a must as is the sweet baklava. Our final continent on this culinary journey is Asia where we touch down in India for succulent curries, mango lassis and some of the freshest naan bread we can find at Palki Restaurant in central Lonsdale. Equally excellent is Indian Fusion restaurant which serves traditional Indian cuisine with a fresh twist, including Tandoori-style prawns. Next, we head even further east to One More Szechuan Chinese Cuisine on Marine Drive where we feast on Spicy Green Beans and Eggplant with Minced Beef and garlic sauce. For Thai, Lower Lonsdale’s Thai House delivers excellent curries and the alwayspopular Pad Thai. When a sushi or pho craving strikes (which for North Vancourites, is quite often), many locals head to Hamaei Japanese restaurant, a favourite of chefs, and Vina Vietnamese in Dundarave, an institution since 1980. Once you return to Canadian soil, refuel at Arms Reach Bistro in Deep Cove, to savour Pacific Northwest fare while enjoying beautiful ocean views. Or make a reservation at Salmon House on the Hill ➞

Fancy a locallycrafted beer or spirit after a day of exploring? For a very North Shore experience, visit any one (or all) of these establishments: Beere Brewing

Hearthstone Brewery

312 East Esplanade, North Van beerebrewing.com

1015 Marine Dr, North Van hearthstonebrewery.ca

Black Kettle Brewing

House of Funk Brewing

720 Copping St, North Van blackkettlebrewing.com

350 East Esplanade, North Van (opening soon)

Bridge Brewing Company

Streetcar Brewing

1448 Charlotte Rd, North Van bridgebrewing.com

Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers 170–2270 Dollarton Hwy, North Van deepcovecraft.com

Green Leaf Brewing Co. Lonsdale Quay Market, North Van greenleafbrew.com

streetcarbrewing.ca (opening soon in Lower Lonsdale)

Sons of Vancouver Distillery 1431 Crown St, North Van sonsofvancouver.ca

Stealth Vodka 3–20 Orwell St, North Van stealthvodka.com

The Woods Spirit Co. 1450 Rupert St, North Van thewoodsspiritco.com

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Embark on a culinary around-the-world journey in your own kitchen. There are many different retailers on the North Shore to help you explore new cuisines and create your own ethnic dishes. For great cookbooks, check out 32 Books in Edgemont Village, Indigo Books at Park Royal or Cook Culture on Lonsdale. Be a very adventurous foodie… open a random page of your new cookbook and try that recipe!

Every chef needs to have an arsenal of decent cookware, utensils and handy, can’t-live-without gadgets. Cook Culture on Lonsdale Avenue has an amazing collection of kitchen necessities, and it’s always fun to find that perfect accessory or handy gadget at Essential Kitchenware in the Lonsdale Quay Market.

Speaking of Lonsdale Quay Market, you’ll find a collection of friendly retailers selling meats, seafood, spices, wine, produce, specialty products and so much more. Lonsdale Quay Market also has a food court featuring a variety of cuisines… you might just find some culinary inspiration there.

Other merchants offering specialty products to help you create a new favourite dish include Olives on Tap, Puccini’s Deli, Two Rivers Specialty Meats, Vanak Market and Deli, All Natural and Exotic Meats, African Breese Imports, Blue Seas Fish Market, Olympia Meats and Persia Foods... just to name a few.

immerse ourselves “WE DON’T NEED TO VENTURE FAR TO

IN THE CULTURE AND CUISINE OF A FARAWAY LAND.” ➞ where you can enjoy Indigenous and West Coast dishes, such as Haida Gwaii Halibut with purple beet risotto and Salmon House Seafood Chowder, in the window-wrapped room while taking in spectacular views of Vancouver and Burrard Inlet. The next morning have breakfast at The Tomahawk, which opened in 1926 and boasts an impressive collection of North Shore and West Coast Indian artifacts, and is famous for its Yukon-style bacon and eggs, which are served with a huge portion of golden griddle hash brown potatoes. And for “breakfast dessert,” (yes, that’s a thing), you can head back to Deep Cove for a sweet treat at Honey Doughnuts & Goodies. Their dense, melt-in-your-mouth doughnuts are so unique that actress Kate Winslet mentioned them in a red carpet interview at the Toronto Film Festival.

Hungry yet? Be sure to support local businesses when you are feeling culinarilly adventurous on the North Shore!

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October 19-26, 2018 Join us again for the 2nd annual Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week!

Our new expanded menu showcases the delicious regional specialities one finds in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and South Tyrol. Live music nights (see our 125 year old piano, old guitar jazz and traditional accordion and guitar music). Live music on most Friday and Saturday nights Open for Brunch on Sundays from 10:30-2pm

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Here on the North Shore we’re spoiled with an array of shopping options. Whether you are looking for that perfect last-minute gift, a highquality butcher where you can source fare for a summer barbecue, or a dress shop, the North Shore has no shortage of local retailers offering unique, high-quality goods. Here, we highlight a few in each neighbourhood. The new Grosvenor development designed by renowned architect James KM Cheng has infused new life into Ambleside. Along with its 98 luxury residences comes a selection of new cafes, restaurants and specialty shops including Earls Kitchen and Bar and Meinhardt Fine Foods. For niche cosmetics, hair and skin care products (many of which are non-toxic) in the same neighbourhood head to Kiss and Makeup Apothecary. Just a few blocks west on Marine Drive you’ll find West Van Florist and Home & Garden which offers florist services, has a nursery and stocks beautiful home décor items. After you’ve picked up a bouquet (or two), walk over to Fresh St. Market to buy provisions for your week’s meals. The store is spacious and beautifully laid out, making it a joy to shop in. Also, just a few minutes North of Marine Drive, cycling aficionados will be happy to find high-end bicycles, apparel and accessories at Bicicletta.

Who would have known that one of the area’s best-kept fashion secrets is in the peaceful neighbourhood of Dundarave? The Latest Scoop offers a beautiful mix of trendy and classic womenswear pieces (you can currently find loads of pantsuits in various styles and prints) and accessories. The second-hand shop Encore Fashion Boutique stocks an array of high-quality finds; spend some time there and you’re likely to find a designer gem (or two)! Those who are into knitting these days (and who isn’t?) will likely feel like they’re in a candy shop at The Knit & Stitch Shop. And if you’re on the market for a last-minute gift, there is something to suit every taste at the Red Horses Gallery. Deep Cove is known for its beautiful seaside scenery and popular hike to Quarry Rock but the Gallant strip and surrounding area also boasts an interesting shopping scene. For designer men’s and women’s streetwear, pop into A’hoy Goods. Owned by the founders of Herschel Supply Co. (who live in the area), you can be sure the merchandise is beautifully curated. Next door Room6 is a small boutique featuring a mix of locally made and imported goods (think handmade jewelry, organic fabric clothing and non-toxic beauty products such as Butter London nail polish). And for

Billy Would Designs. PHOTO MIKE WAKEFIELD

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A major part of what makes the North Shore one of the best places to call home is the diverse selection of small businesses and local artisans sprinkled across the Shore. We have no reason to shop elsewhere…everything we could possibly need or want can be found right here. And the best part? Shopping locally means an immediate boost to our economy which keeps the North Shore a vibrant and thriving community. Here are just some places where you can find unique, one-of-a-kind items while supporting the local economy: Shipyards Night Market a selection of fun and offbeat gifts, greeting cards and gift wrap, LaLa’s is a go-to. A few minutes’ drive outside of Deep Cove on Dollarton Highway, the Arc’teryx Factory Store stocks high-quality hiking gear (which you invariably need to update on a regular basis when you live on the North Shore), at discount prices. If a barbecue is in the plans you’ll find every type of meat product you could want (often locally sourced and organic) including beautiful handmade sausages and local lamb at Meat the Butcher Fine Meats at Parkgate Village. One of the first established neighbourhoods on the North Shore, the Lonsdale area is an interesting shopping and services destination. Denise Elliott Beauty Co. offers hair and makeup services while Skoah Skincare can help rejuvenate your skin with facials and their own line of products. Fashionistas will love the trendy selection of womenswear at Unity Clothing while newspaper and magazine junkies will be impressed by the newsstand at McNews. In Upper Lonsdale you’ll find a number of eclectic shops including Utopia the Mystical Sanctuary which, as the name suggests, is stocked with incense, aromatherapy oils and everything you could need to set the mood for a meditation session at home, while Ayoub’s Dried Fruits & Nuts has been serving the North Shore with their rows upon rows of dried fruits, seeds, nuts

and spices since 2009. For an impressive selection of loose teas and tea paraphernalia including infusers and teapots, the familyrun Tea Time has everything you could want for an Alice in Wonderland-style afternoon. Beautiful Edgemont Village is a lovely spot for grabbing a coffee and going for a stroll but the area also boasts its share of great shops. Zig Zag Fashions is a go-to for women’s clothing, shoes and accessories and Pizazz Gifts carries Pandora jewelry as well as home décor and fashion finds. Kabloom Floral and Gift Boutique is the area’s trusted florist and has a large selection of vases if the bouquet you buy needs a home, while those with a black thumb can head to Trims which specializes in faux flowers and greenery.

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Mo’s General Store 51 Lonsdale Ave., North Van

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Minicomi Art Market (Artwork inspired by movies & Japanese animation) Saturday, July 21 The Pipeshop at the Shipyards

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Necklace by Himali Kuwabara at Seymour Art Gallery. PHOTO PAUL MCGRATH

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Explore the Shore  

A guide exploring what it means to live, work, play, eat and shop on the North Shore.

Explore the Shore  

A guide exploring what it means to live, work, play, eat and shop on the North Shore.