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Welcome! Spring has undoubtedly sprung on the North Shore. The balmier weather, longer days and sunnier skies beckon locals outdoors – and what better place to enjoy nature than our beautiful parks, trails and beaches? In this issue of North Shore Living, you’ll meet five recreation enthusiasts and learn about their favourite hiking, mountain biking and trail running spots; you’ll read about a West Vancouver nutrition expert who works magic with seasonal produce; and you’ll follow the adventures of two North Vancouver brothers who are taking spring skiing to the extreme.

contents 8 COVER STORY

Fill your plate with nature’s bounty

12  NS Crisis Society A safe place for women

16  SPring Style

Fresh looks straight from the runway

22 Happy Trails

World-class hiking at our doorstep

25 Gone Glamping

Enjoy the benefits of camping alongside the amenities of a luxury hotel

28 Shipyards NIght Market

We’ve also rounded up the freshest fashion finds, most glamorous camping destinations, and all the best community events coming up this season. Enjoy! Christine Lyon Managing editor

Serving up fun for everyone

30 Local Tunes

Adam Woodall embraces his North Shore roots

33 In it for the long run Brothers turn to all-year skiing

36 switching gears publisher Peter Kvarnstrom managing editor Christine Lyon PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR Tannis Hendriks contributors Justin Beddall Niki Hope Christine Lyon Maria Spitale-Leisk Anna Dimoff

Cyclist Georgia Simmerling on track to Rio

Graphic DESIGN Birgit Brunner Myra McGrath

38 out and about

photographers Cindy Goodman Paul McGrath Kevin Hill Lisa King Mike Wakefield

The North Shore social scene

39 space Design + Style 42 winton house

On the cover: Sherry Strong photo paul mcgrath

Inside an energy-efficient home

46 pillow talk north shore



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Fill your plate with nature’s bounty West Vancouver nutrition expert has an inspired approach to food Vancouver campus. Strong takes aim at the “diet mentality,” saying that unless we change the way we think about food, we will always be running on the diet treadmill. “Dieting has never worked for our species … quite the opposite,” she says. “We have had to search for food, and the search for food has been very difficult. So we were actually here for thousands of years to eat what food was abundant, and the idea of restriction is not in our wiring. We keep saying to people, ‘Here is all of this food, but you can’t have it.’ It creates a disconnect.” The other issue, she says, is that people aren’t sourcing their own food. Traditionally, nature kept us from excessive eating because we ate what was easily sourced and in season, rather than food that was difficult to access. “An example, I say, is if you have a choice tonight between chicken and an omelette, what do you think most

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est Vancouver food and nutrition expert and chef Sherry Strong has a simple but compelling food philosophy steeped in the way we ate as hunter-gatherers. In her view, nature tells us what to eat and what quantities to eat by how easily it is obtained in nature. That which is most abundant in nature – like air, water and vegetation – is what we should consume the most, versus that which is hard to obtain in nature – like protein, nuts, seeds and sugars – which we should eat less of. “If you cannot get it in nature, not only do you not need it, but it’s probably harmful to the planet,” explains the food firecracker and author of the book A Return To Food: The Life-Changing Anti-Diet. Strong also hosts a popular nutrition blog outlining her Return to Food philosophy, was a TEDxTokyo 2009 speaker and is a faculty member of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition,

By Niki Hope

Canadians would have for dinner?” Strong asks. The answer: “Chicken.” But if they had to go out to nature and find it, catch it, kill it, bleed it and skin it, versus grabbing a couple of eggs from the coup, it’s pretty clear what they would rather do. By not sourcing our own food, we can scoop up the foods we would have traditionally eaten less of. Essentially, modern life has changed our eating options to an unnatural extent. Not surprisingly, processed and sugary foods are a big problem, says Strong, who views them as addictive – in the same way that heroin or cocaine are. The seemingly benign natural properties from which heroin is born (poppy sap, and in the case of cocaine, the coca leaf) are modified and processed with chemicals to an extent that they become highly addictive. The same thing goes for sugar, she says, which in its natural state (sugar cane) isn’t as destructive as when it is refined, which is what causes dental issues and diabetes. The same goes for oils and wheat products, she says. “What’s happening is the body can eat a three-course meal from a drive-through that has so many chemicals, and it’s been so nutrient depleted. It’s so processed; it’s so addictive, and your tummy will be full, but your body is saying feed me more, I’m not getting what I need, I am starving for nutrition,” Strong explains. Moving from a nutrient-starved, heavily processed eating plan to one that is steeped in our naturally healthy and nutrient-rich approach to eating is a significant shift. “You start with the intention and the commitment and then you work towards that,” Strong says, explaining how to make the move toward her approach to food. The nutritionist trains a team who become Return to Food coaches for those who want to use her philosophy to change their approach to food on a mental, emotional, spiritual and physical level and go, quite literally, back to basics.

West Vancouver food and nutrition expert Sherry Strong has a food philosophy that is steeped in a long-held natural approach to mostly eating that which is abundant in nature. spring 2016 / north shore living 9

recipe Strong’s typical day of eating includes a late 10 a.m.-ish breakfast of poached eggs from the farmers’ market on a piece of artisanal spelt bread with asparagus or another in-season green; lunch would be a salad of crisp romaine lettuce with chopped veggies and her Glory dressing; and for dinner a soup with homemade chicken stock, cauliflower and leeks … or whatever else is in season.

Glory dressing This is a simple three-ingredient dressing that will bring salads to life in a healthy and delicious way. Makes ½ cup. Ingredients: 4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 4 Tbsp cold-pressed organic olive oil (mix them up and vary the oils) photo thinkstock

2 Tbsp miso paste. Make sure it is raw – lighter-coloured miso pastes seem to work better (chick pea and white barley are Strong’s favourites) 1 tsp raw organic honey


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North Shore Crisis Services Society has been offering support since 1979

by Maria Spitale-Leisk


aura Reynolds accidently became an advocate for women that have been abused. In the summer of 1996, Reynolds, a library technician student at the time, created a central filing system for North Shore Crisis Services Society, which has offered immediate and long-term support for abused women and children since 1979. When Reynolds finished school she became the society’s administration manager and began working closely with then-NSCSS executive director Maureen Gabriel, who mentored and showed Reynolds the ropes for running a nonprofit. Reynolds has carried on Gabriel’s legacy of empowering vulnerable women and children, taking over as executive director of the society in 2008 when Gabriel passed away.

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Laura Reynolds took over as executive director of North Shore Crisis Services Society in 2008.

“As a woman, it’s just something that I feel very strongly about – that women can live without fear of violence in their homes,” says Reynolds. On average it takes a woman seven times before she permanently leaves an abusive relationship. And that’s the most dangerous time – when she walks away – because that’s when she’s most at risk for assault, explains Reynolds. Fortunately, immediate help for

abused women and children is available 24 hours a day through the NSCSS’s support line. Staff trained in crisis intervention assess the victim’s safety risk over the phone and can make arrangements for them to go to a safe house on the North Shore. SAGE Transition House offers immediate shelter and other essentials for 18 women and children fleeing abusive situations. Reynolds praises the staff

and volunteers who make clients feel as comfortable as possible at SAGE House. Retired teachers will sometimes come to the shelter and help the kids keep upto-date on their schoolwork. Family pets are also welcome to stay and provide a sense of reassurance for the children. “We responded to the fact that women sometimes wouldn’t leave because they were worried about what was going to happen to their pet in retaliation for her leaving,” says Reynolds. Clients can stay at SAGE House for up to 30 days, while receiving food, clothing, personal items, individual or group support, and referrals to social services agencies. On top of recovering from physical or mental abuse, the No. 1 priority for these women is finding safe and affordable housing, says Reynolds. But that can be a challenge in the current Lower Mainland housing market. “Our goal for quite some time has been to provide more second-stage (transition) housing for women,” says Reynolds. HOPE’s Place opened on the North Shore in 2007 as a second-stage housing program for the NSCSS. Two, 2-bedroom suites are available at well below market rent for women and children that need some extra time to get back on their feet.

“We responded to the fact that women sometimes wouldn’t leave because they were worried about what was going to happen to their pet in retaliation for her leaving.”

A recent renovation at SAGE House created two more of these second-stage suites. On average, 230 women and children seek refuge at Sage House each year. Just as many are turned away due to lack of space or if they present with an issue outside the scope of NSCSS’s services, such as substance abuse. In total, 1,100 crisis calls are fielded each year at SAGE House. NSCSS’s community programs – outreach services for abused women, homelessness prevention, multicultural services, children and adolescent empowerment for those who witness abuse – see 500 new clients each year, on top of existing cases. NSCSS is subsidized partly by the province with some core funding coming from the City of North Vancouver as well as community grants from the other two North Shore municipalities. Thrift store sales also help fund NSCSS programming. On April 1, NSCSS hosted its inaugural Gala of Grace Ladies Luncheon fundraiser at the Pipe Shop in Lower Lonsdale, which raised more than $40,000 and brought awareness to the organization and its valuable services in the community.

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Molly Malia Hush Puppies leather sandals $120 Hudson’s Bay


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Print V-neck dress $39 Joe Fresh

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Happy trails to you Q&A by Maria Spitale-Leisk

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Race director for the Knee Knackering North Shore Trail Run

What is your favourite North Shore trail? As race director for the Knee Knacker, I have to say that the Baden Powell trail is most near and dear to my heart. Traversing the three major North Shore mountains, it provides such diversity – from great views from the top of Eagle Bluffs to rocky/rooty old-growth forests. How many hours a week do you spend in the woods? This really depends on where I’m at in my training schedule. Anywhere from two to 10 hours per week.

Why do you hike? My focus is trail running (ultras) – I love the connection to the trees and mountains and I combine my love of the outdoors with my training/race goals. What is the most interesting animal or plant species you’ve encountered and where? For me, our old-growth forests are the most interesting. While that might not seem “unique” we are so fortunate to have such immense beauty in our backyard. Where else in the world have you hiked that’s interesting? Two of the more interesting places I’ve run trail ultras are Sweden and Australia. It’s a great way to see the countryside, meet local people and find adventure. This year, I’ll be doing the Trans Alpine Run, a 250-kilometre, seven-day stage race that starts in Germany and ends in Italy.

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Vince Beasse What is your favourite North Shore trail? Ladies Only/Lower Ladies. How many hours a week do you spend in the woods? 10 to 12.

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President, North Shore Mountain Bike Association

Why do you mountain bike? Every mountain bike ride is like being a kid again! On a bike you get to explore, hang out with friends or find some quiet time for yourself in a busy world. The time spent in the forest is one of the most rejuvenating things I do. Riding helps me to find balance and focus in my day-to-day life – I am fortunate to have access to the North Shore trails, they are truly a privilege. What is the most interesting animal or plant species you’ve encountered and where? Grizzly bears in the Chilcotins. Where else in the world have you mountain biked that’s interesting? The U.S. (Utah, Oregon and Colorado) and Italy (Dolomite Mountains).

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Rick Davies President, North Vancouver Outdoors Club; Instructor, Capilano University

What is your favourite North Shore trail? Black Mountain trail to Eagle Bluffs. How many hours a week do you spend in the woods? Ten hours, spread between NVOC and Capilano University.

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e are fortunate here on the North Shore to have world-class hiking and mountain biking trails at our doorstep. Whether you prefer ambling around Whyte Lake in West Vancouver, trekking up the Grind or careening down Mount Seymour’s CBC on a mountain bike, there’s a trail that suits every outdoor enthusiast’s taste. We asked five outdoor recreation experts, who know the North Shore trails like the back of their hands, exactly what inspires them to take a hike, or mountain bike, and what interesting things they have encountered along the way.

Why do you hike? I have been involved in wilderness activities on a global basis since 1958. My primary reason is for the peace and spiritual nature of wilderness. Close behind this comes the amazing people who I am privileged to associate with who live this lifestyle. A minor spin-off is physical fitness. I have an everlasting urge to see what is over the next horizon but can happily spend a week in a high alpine camp reading and enjoying the environment. What is the most interesting animal or plant species you’ve encountered and where? The most interesting animal has been a tie between a wolverine and a crocodile. The most interesting plant has been a nali nut tree in the Western Pacific. It has saved me from hunger on many occasions. Where else in the world have you hiked that’s interesting? New Zealand, Malaysia, Australia, multiple islands in the South Pacific, Patagonia, Belize, Vietnam, Kampuchea, Costa Rica, Mexico, Solomon Islands, Japan, Europe, Tanzania, western and eastern Canadian Arctic, Paraguay, Argentina, Scandinavia, across Canada and the best place of all – British Columbia.

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Mike Danks What is your favourite North Shore trail? Crown Mountain

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North Shore Rescue team leader

How many hours a week do you spend in the woods? As many as possible but it seems like my schedule these days is limiting my recreating time! Why do you hike? To enjoy nature, get exercise, de-stress and to get away from the crowds. We have so many beautiful trails and parks on the North Shore, I want to make sure my children experience all of them. What is the most interesting animal or plant species you’ve encountered and where? Bears. I’ve always been intrigued by them and every single time I’ve done the Howe Sound Crest trail I’ve encountered them near Magnesia meadows. Where else in the world have you hiked that’s interesting? I’ve hiked in Southeast Asia, Washington State, and throughout B.C. My most memorable trip was up Mt. Logan in 2005 celebrating North Shore Rescue’s 40th anniversary.

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Lois Tomlinson What is your favourite North Shore trail? It is very challenging for me to pick my favourite trail as I love them all! Lynn Loop, Dog Mountain and Lighthouse Park would be three at the top of my list. How many hours a week do you spend in the woods? Depending on what programs I have going on, it ranges anywhere from five to 10 hours per week.

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Owner/guide, Natural Trekking Tours Inc.

Why do you hike? I hike because it is where I feel the most at peace. It is invigorating as well as tranquil at the same time. Hiking is fabulous, not only for the physical aspect, but also for the soul. What is the most interesting animal or plant species you’ve encountered and where? Yaks in Nepal (although domesticated) and giraffes in Africa. On the North Shore, I find owls and our black bears fascinating and have encountered several of them on late evening hikes.  Where else in the world have you hiked that’s interesting? I have hiked in the Alberta and B.C. Rockies, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya in Africa, Mt. Elbrus in Russia, Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina and to Mt. Everest Base Camp, Island Peak and Mera Peak in Nepal.

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Leave a message with a friend. A note, left with a responsible person, explains your destination, the route (or runs) you are taking, who is with you and your return time. source: spring 2016 / north shore living 23

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Nature meets luxury at these outdoor retreats

hile purists might cringe at the idea of camping with everything but the kitchen sink, there is a subset of the population that wants to appreciate the great outdoors – comfortably. This new travel trend, for the uninitiated, is called glamorous camping, a.k.a. glamping. Quasioutdoor enthusiasts reap the benefits of camping – being lulled to sleep by the sounds of nature, etc. – alongside the amenities of a luxury hotel. Imagine: camping under a pre-pitched canvas tent or yurt complete with bedroom furnishings and a soaker tub. The Pacific Northwest is home to an eclectic range of glamping resorts that are road-trip friendly from Vancouver. In Ucluelet your yurt opens up on the edge of the undulating Pacific Ocean and rugged wilderness. Or imagine renting a vintage-inspired Airstream trailer nestled in the woods on serene Pender Island. Check out for a curated list of the most unconventional camping experiences close to home and abroad.

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Tofino���s less trendy cousin, Ucluelet, mirrors the same unspoiled wilderness on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. At Wya Point Resort, just outside of Ucluelet, guests have a front-row seat for the nature show from the comfort of their yurt looking out to the yawning ocean through large windows. These unique accommodations are equipped with futons, living room furnishings and amenities including a gas fireplace, barbecue and kitchen supplies. Enjoy a freshly cooked meal from your private cedar deck overlooking the ocean. Beachcombing and surfing are popular pursuits in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, which is next door to Ucluelet and known for its world-famous beaches. Landlubbers can hike the wide and leisurely Wild Pacific Trail that meanders from the woodlands to the sea, offering stunning vistas of the rugged Ucluelet coastline. The quaint town is home to waterfront promenades, a floating restaurant, shops and galleries, a mini aquarium and a diner that doubles as a five-pin bowling alley, billiards hall and arcade. More info:

BAREFOOT BEACH Combine the Okanagan’s sunny climes with a luxurious yurt on the shores of scenic Skaha Lake and you’ve got the epitome of comfortable camping. Barefoot Beach Resort in Penticton is reminiscent of a tropical all-inclusive with plenty of amenities, activities, small shops, snack bars and a restaurant on site. During the day, relax on the soft sand beaches of Skaha Lake – also famous for its warm waters. Floating down the Penticton River Channel that connects Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake is a popular pastime. Mosey to the smoothie cabana, beach market or café for some casual eats. No shirt, no shoes, no problem. When it’s time to crawl into bed, step into your climate-controlled yurt featuring hardwood floors, a large dome skylight, vaulted ceilings, windows that look out to the lake and French doors that open onto a private deck. Splurge on the fantasy suite furnished with a king bed enclosed in a whimsical canopy of sheer fabric, and an ensuite soaker tub. More info:




Glampers, pack your Gucci for a stay at a remote luxury resort near Tofino. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, recently named one of the world’s most expensive hotels, takes camping to an opulent level. A glass of sparkling wine, gourmet meals and spa treatments await guests arriving at the resort by floatplane from Vancouver or boat ride from Tofino. In between all the pampering, outdoor recreation abounds steps from the resort with activities including horseback riding or hiking in the old-growth rainforest, deep-sea fishing and kayaking. Forget an outhouse, here guests can answer nature’s call inside their luxurious prospector-style tent with an ensuite bathroom that features in-floor heating, a flush toilet and an indoor/outdoor shower. The living quarters are furnished with a fluffy duvet-cloaked king-sized bed, antique dressers and tea tables, opulent rugs, oil lamps and heirloom china. Candles and a thermostat-controlled propane wood stove add to the ambience. Then there’s Clayoquot resort’s celebrity factor: Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson tied the knot here in 2008. More info:

WOODS ON PENDER Woods on Pender is a retro camping experience that exudes 1960s nostalgia. Think Mad Men mixed with modern conveniences. Six gleaming silver Airstream trailers are arranged throughout the expansive property by the ocean on picturesque Pender Island. Inside the air-conditioned Airstreams, decked in a vintage esthetic, are the comforts of home: bed, bathroom with a shower/tub combo, a full kitchen, Wi-Fi, and LED TV with Apple TV. Step outside the Airstream and into a cozy cedar hot tub on your deck. The barbecue and fire pit provides a semblance of traditional camping. Meanwhile, Woods’ on-site restaurant, Coffee+Kitchen, stays true to Pender’s laidback vibe with a casual menu focusing on local, healthy and handcrafted food. Coffee aficionados will appreciate the artisan-style espresso bar, while those looking for a libation can imbibe with one of Woods’ signature cocktails. Book before the crowds come: the New York Times named the Southern Gulf Islands as one of the top places to visit in 2016. More info: 26 NORTH SHORE LIVING / SPRING 2016




If camping includes having an onsite fine-dining Italian restaurant steps from your canvas tent – count us in. Ruby Lake Resort, a half-hour’s drive north of Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast, is the quintessential weekend escape. Take your pick from 10 canvas tents perched on wooden platforms, each accommodation uniquely decorated with rustic furniture and tailored towards couples, families or those travelling with pets. The romantically inclined might appreciate a more secluded tent equipped with extras to set the mood: an electric fireplace and private balcony overlooking the forest and a lagoon. Guests can explore the 80-acre property boasting plenty of walking, hiking and cycling trails and a sanctuary that attracts 120 bird species. Ruby Lake’s clear waters offer endless recreation options including swimming, stand-up paddle boarding and canoeing. Afterwards, unwind with an aperitivo and delicious dinner al fresco at La Trattoria Italiana overlooking the lake. While in the area, be sure to check out the renowned Skookumchuck Narrows and Princess Louisa Inlet. More info:

LEANTO ON ORCAS ISLAND Cushy camping awaits you on Orcas Island, a whale-watching mecca and the largest of the spectacular San Juan Islands in Washington State. LEANTO glamping sites are nestled in 5,252-acre Moran State Park and nearby to five freshwater lakes and a myriad of hiking trails. Fully furnished canvas tents offer a comfortable bed, bedside tables, a chest of drawers, a small table, an oil lamp and old-fashioned alarm clock. Morning coffee delivery to your tent is one of LEANTO’s add-on services. Besides sea kayaking and whale watching – it is called Orcas Island, after all – climbing to the top of Mount Constitution to check out the view is also obligatory. The horseshoe-shaped island is home to a variety of galleries, artist studios, shops, restaurants and a farmers’ market on Saturdays. Orcas Island is accessed by ferry from Anacortes, Washington, which is two hours south of Vancouver by car. More info:



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here’s lots to love about the Shipyards Night Market: craft beer, crafty artisans, food trucks, farm-fresh produce and proteins and live local music. And this year, there are even more reasons to spend Friday nights on the waterfront at Shipbuilders’ Square with the addition of new foods, vendors and entertainment. “I’m trying to vary it,” explains Ingrid Doerr, founder and president of the Shipyards Night Market. This will be the market’s sixth season and it’s grown exponentially each year. Last year, on average, nearly 13,000 visitors came out every Friday night. “It’s a combination of everything,” Doerr says about the allure of the market. “The atmosphere in general, it’s not anything like (any other) market. It’s nice that it’s a really great family atmosphere for all ages.” This year there will be a cavalcade of food trucks headed to the foot of Lonsdale (around 36 in total), with a wide variety of flavours, from


Tacofino and Taters to Aussie Pie Guy and Big Red’s Poutine – to name just a few. For dessert there’s kettle corn, gelato, waffles, crepes and other handmade baked goods and tasty treats. Like craft brew? Well, there’s a beer garden (for those over 19) which will be highlighting a different local brewer each month, including Central City, Whistler Brewing Company, Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers, Bridge Brewing and Black Kettle Brewing Company. Prefer a cider? You will be able to sip on Central City’s Hopping Mad Cider or Lonetree Cider and there’s also Betty’s Vodka Ice Tea.

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Popular funk band Gonch Messiah kicks off the live entertainment at the market this year and there’s a starstudded lineup of local talent all season long, including North Shore favourites like Adam Woodall. But there’s much more than just food, drink and music. The Pipe Shop will have more than 80 artisans featuring everything from jewelry and clothing to soaps and preserves and wines and spirits, all made locally. “It’s such a wide variety,” says Doerr, noting that there are approximately 200 different vendors every week. Doerr is committed to a sustainable market and ensures that all of the food vendors use compostable materials and when the market is over for the night, she has a team that sorts through all the garbage to make sure everything is recycled properly. The Shipyards Night Market runs Friday nights from 5 to 10 p.m. from May 6 to Sept. 30 and is located at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue, just east of Lonsdale Quay.

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West Vancouver-raised musician Adam Woodall joined a band in high school and has been performing live locally and beyond ever since.

Since high school, Woodall hasn’t stopped performing. He averages five gigs a week, either playing solo or with the Adam Woodall Band, and through the years he’s built a solid local following. “I feel like the King of Kensington,” he jokes. “I just know everybody and I just feel in my element and I know where to plug in … I love to sing and play. Mostly still it’s just performing live and keeping the craft going day in and day out, I love it. I can’t get enough of it.”

“I’ve always been a real North Shore guy. I’m not a big traveller and I really like this career that I sort of built.”

Musician Adam Woodall embraces his North Shore roots BY JUSTIN BEDDALL


ne of musician Adam Woodall’s quintessential North Shore moments came while playing a gig atop Cypress Mountain with his ski boots still on so he could take a run between sets. It mixed two of his biggest passions: playing live music and skiing. “On a mountain that is 12 minutes from your house, overlooking the ocean,” Woodall says. If you didn’t see Woodall rocking that night at Cypress, chances are you’ve heard him play somewhere else on the Shore – from the Raven Pub in Deep Cove to the Harmony Arts Festival, he’s been rocking these parts for nearly two decades.


Woodall’s musical career started at West Vancouver’s Hillside secondary when he wanted to join a band called The Smugglers that was fronted by CBC’s Grant Lawrence. The band already had a singer, guitarist, drummer and bassist, so they told Woodall he could play harmonica. While delivering pizza in his parents’ Volvo, Woodall used to steer with his knees while playing his harmonica to AC/DC’s “Back in Black,” which was wedged into the car’s tape deck. “That was my real inspiration, just to be part of this group. Playing music is something I’ve always liked to do.”

He also does private gigs, which take him to some exotic venues. Recently he played acoustically on the beach under a full moon on Maui for the Young Presidents’ Organization, opening for another famous Vancouver band, Loverboy. Woodall also plays regularly at Mike Wiegele’s heli-ski lodge – a gig he got after chatting with a Queen’s Cross Pub waitress who used to work there. “John Denver used to play there. He used to trade days skiing in the helicopter for playing in the lodge.” Woodall, who also fondly recalls playing with Colin James on Savary Island in a golden meadow overlooking the islands as the sun set, says many of his bookings have some sort of North Shore connection. This summer, he’s already booked for several outdoor concerts on the North Shore, as well as regular pub appearances and private events. “I’ve always been a real North Shore guy. I’m not a big traveller and I really like this career that I sort of built … the work’s coming at me all the time, I’m pretty happy. Where else are you going to live and enjoy yourself and raise a family and get to play guitar at night?” For more on Woodall’s upcoming shows, visit

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orth Vancouver brothers Andy and Mike Traslin are in pursuit of a never-ending ski season. For the past 114 months (as of March) the pair has skied at least once a month – and they plan to keep the streak alive for as long as possible. The Traslins are part of a skiing subculture dedicated to safely skiing backcountry runs all year. “I’d heard about people doing Turns All Year and then I saw a website (dedicated to it),” explains Andy, 40. After a couple months in a row, they decided to try a year. “Then you just kind of get on a roll.” And these skiers don’t use chairlifts or gondolas to get to the top of the hill. “With our streak it is all human-powered turns all year,” he says. On a recent sunny, crisp March day, Andy and Mike,

44, plan to hit a local mountain to get their turns in. “We can just do a quick hike, go for an hour, just go up to the first peak and if it’s good just keep skiing.” Of course, this type of backcountry skiing isn’t for rookies. The Traslins are expert skiers and mountaineers, with Level 3 first aid, ski guide and avalanche training. While it’s not difficult to find a place to get your turns in during winter months, it’s much harder when the snow gets scarce in the summer. Fortunately, just across the border looms Mt. Baker, one of the brothers’ favoured destinations. “(It) really keeps the streak going. We’ve skied it in August, September. It’s just a perfect area. You just climb to the top of a volcano and it’s just amazing skiing.” As the streak gets longer the brothers have started making turns at the start of the month – just in case. SPRING 2016 / NORTH SHORE LIVING 33

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“If you get an injury or your car breaks down, there are so many factors,” says Andy. As well as skiing local hills, the streak has taken them on adventures to countries like Norway and Japan. “That was cool to do some more world travel.” Both brothers work in construction safety which gives them the flexibility to keep the streak alive, said Andy. “You can always manage to get your turns in.” It also helps to have a few sponsors, like G3, which provides them with enough gear that they don’t have to ever worry about thrashing their skis on rocky terrain during the warmer months. So what’s the plan from here? “We’ll just keep the streak going, just do mini goals,” says Andy. “Get to 115 and then 120 (months). It’s not just about the streak, it’s about the skiing and the runs – it just gets you out there doing more skiing than ever.” This spring and summer, their planned destinations include mountains on the North Shore, Whistler, Pemberton, Kelowna, Washington State, as well as an offcontinent expedition.


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Georgia Simmerling (yellow shoes) is on track to earn a spot on Canada’s women’s endurance cycling team that will compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Winter Olympian now in pursuit of Summer Games gold BY JUSTIN BEDDALL


wo-time Winter Olympian Georgia Simmerling has been up Seymour Mountain 10 times in the past week. But you won’t catch a glimpse of the North Shore athlete barrelling down the ski hill. She’s been riding up the steep mountain road for training as she tries to transition from elite winter athlete to member of Canada’s endurance cycling team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio this August. Simmerling has switched sports before. In 2010 she represented Canada at the Vancouver Olympics in alpine

skiing and at Sochi 2014 she competed in ski cross. That feat is made even more remarkable considering that Simmerling broke her back and neck in a horrific competition accident in her first ski cross season. It was during her recovery that Simmerling recalibrated her sporting goals. “It made me realize that I would like to try and pursue a summer sport at an elite level,” she says. She tried rowing but didn’t commit fully because she’d just made the jump to ski cross at the time. A few summers later she participated in Cycling Canada sprinting evaluation camps but realized she was more suited to endurance cycling. She found her summer sport.


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“I realized if I’m “Everybody on this focused on cycling going to do this and team knows that this and when that is over accomplish my goal I team wants to win I will get my head into ski have to commit 100 a gold medal at the racing and cold weather and Olympics. If I can be a per cent to it.” focus on the next year-andWhen her ski part of that then great. season ended early this If I can’t then great, a-half for a gold medal year because of a broken that’s kind of been the in Pyeong Chang in the wrist she hopped on a motto,” says Simmerling, 2018 Olympics.” bike to begin endurance who says she’s excited training. Having switched about being part of a team sports before, Simmerling braced sport. herself for the physical challenge ahead Canada’s women’s endurance squad but that wasn’t the only obstacle. for Rio will be announced June 29. “(What) I wasn’t prepared for was the Although Simmerling joined the mental challenge.” program late in the season she participated A big part of that challenge was in the final World Cup and World suddenly being part of a team sport after Championship events where Canada so many years competing individually. placed first and second, respectively, which “I have stepped into a team at a pretty should boost her chances of being selected. stressful time in these girls’ lives, being Whatever happens, Simmerling will an Olympic year. There was definitely a remain focused on the Games. transition period coming into this team as “So I’m really focused on cycling and smoothly as possible.” when that is over I will get my head into Fortunately, she says her new ski racing and cold weather and focus on teammates have been supportive and the next year-and-a-half for a gold medal welcoming. in Pyeong Chang in the 2018 Olympics.”


Out and about ◆

It’s been a busy few weeks of charitable events, awards ceremonies, community festivals and seasonal celebrations on the North Shore.

James Cabusao, Miki Sugiyama, Katie Brown, Brittany Gould and Amaan Ahmed check out the inaugural North Shore Food and Drink Festival March 18 at the Shipyards. Photo Lisa King

Members of the North Shore Twins baseball team attend the 17th annual North Shore Sport Awards March 29 at West Vancouver Community Centre. Photo Cindy Goodman

Lions Gate Hospital Foundation’s Delia Jamieson and Louise Campbell with Mike Nader, Vancouver Coastal Health’s chief operating officer, attend the annual LGH St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance March 4. Photo Paul McGrath

Linda O’Handley and Tannis Turner were among the 100 guests to attend A Night at the Theatre: Gallery Fundraiser at the Deep Cove Cultural Centre March 2 in support of the Seymour Art Gallery.

Jan Merrick, Yvonne Henry and Valerie Coles don their finest 1960s fashion at the 50th Anniversary Concert for North Vancouver’s Centennial Theatre March 3. Photo Paul McGrath

Parvin Rabii and Reyhaneh Bakhtiari celebrate the season at the eighth annual Spring and Norouz Festival at Capilano Mall March 13. The event was hosted by The Canadian Iranian Foundation. Photo Cindy Goodman

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Global BC’s Kaitlyn Herbst and Yvonne Schalle attend the inaugural Gala of Grace Ladies Luncheon benefiting the North Shore Crisis Services Society April 1 at the Pipe Shop. photo Mike Wakefield

Katherine Murphy serves up tasty treats at a National Cupcake Day event Feb. 24 hosted by City of North Vancouver staff. The event raised approximately $900 for the B.C. SPCA. photo Mike Wakefield

Roland Hanzek, Neil McEachern, Jim Louie, Paul Barry, Rene Michaely and Martin Leonard get into character at the 34th Annual Seycove Auction, Dinner and Dance March 5. The event raised money for the Seycove family of schools. Photo Lisa King

Festival director Alan Formanek, publicist Helen Yagi and board member Mariusz Pawlak attend the sold-out opening night of the 19th Annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Feb. 12 at Centennial Theatre.

Annalise Toporowski and Elizabeth Charbonneau celebrate International Women’s Day March 5 at The View on Lonsdale. The event raised more than $9,000 for the North Shore Women’s Centre. Photo Lisa King

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The 16th annual lions gate hospital gala will bring together 200 business and community leaders at the Capilano Golf and Country Club.

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The District of North Vancouver Firefighters Charitable Society hosts Barn Burner, a night of music at The Pipeshop for youth mental health.

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Sipping on the Dock of the Bay, the second-annual craft beer festival in Horseshoe Bay, takes place on the floating Breakwater at Sewell’s Marina.

Kay Meek Centre marketing director Elaine McHarg and executive director Jeanne LeSage show off their footwear at the Kay Meek Centre Sneakers Ball 2.0 on Jan. 29. Photo Paul McGrath

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The sleek, modern and eco-friendly Winton House in North Vancouver won builder Naikoon Contracting an armload of trophies at last month’s Georgie Awards, hosted by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of B.C.

“The reclaimed timber, which we try to incorporate into a lot of our projects, also sort of gives the home a little bit of character as well as the environmental giveback side of reclaiming and reusing materials,” he said. “We always like to do that as well, give the home a bit of a story.” In the last seven years, Geluch explains, the homes that the firm has built have been certified under various high level green building rating systems. Naikoon recognizes that housing contributes largely to emissions and to the quality of the environment and consciously tries to reduce their footprint wherever possible. Leading the way for green building standards in the province, the Winton House was given an 87 in the EnerGuide rating system, meaning it consumes an extremely minimal amount of energy. Naikoon’s next goal is to create a net zero home, which produces more energy than it consumes. “We’re definitely pushing the green high performance home envelope and hoping that the rest of the province follows suit,” Geluch said. “I think we’re seeing a huge following of this now, and B.C. building codes have now mandated a lot of this energy performance stuff, so it’s really good. We really love how the industry is shifting in the right direction and (are) excited to know that we’re on the right track for that aspect or area.”

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“Eventually, I figured out putting photographs on textiles is much better than artwork.” designer/photographer. She missed working with textiles, so she started playing around with selling her artwork. “Eventually, I figured out putting photographs on textiles is much better than artwork,” she says with a laugh. The pillow line has taken off. It’s particularly a hit with tourists in Whistler at 122 West. Out-of-town shoppers can conveniently just take the covers home – much easier than packing a pillow in a suitcase. The line is also available on the North Shore at Country Furniture and The Other Room (a subsidiary of Country Furniture). “It’s funny, Vancouver and Whistler are very opposite,” Stirling says about sales between the two communities. “Here, Country Furniture said ‘antlers Left North Vancouver designer Jules Stirling with are done, nobody buys antlers.’ In the pillowcases she makes by hand using her own Whistler, they can’t keep them.” scenic photographs for her Jack & Cyan line. Stirling’s pic of the iconic Lions Gate Bridge is a popular

pillow cover. Other favourites include pillowcases with images of canoers out on a lake, where the trees look almost snow-capped, an effect created from Stirling’s infrared camera. Other images include retro gondolas, totem poles, chairlifts, backcountry views, and more ($85 each). “I did Circle Craft last year, so I hear a lot of stories, and I ask people ‘why does this speak to you?’ and the stories I get are amazing – that’s part of the fun of the whole thing, the stories,” Stirling says. “One lady bought one of the chairlift cushions, and she was just beside herself happy. She bought three of them, and I was like, ‘You’ve got to tell me the story.’” The woman told Stirling how when she and her girlfriends were teenagers they’d go up to Whistler and get really drunk and hang off the chairlift. Whether it’s memories of drunken mayhem, or just a visit to the slopes or the lake, or a bridge that transported you home, the Jack & Cyan line are functionally decorative pieces that showcase special moments in time.

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West Vancouver resident prepares for Art in the Garden BY MARIA SPITALE-LEISK


undarave gardener Lois Woolley developed a green thumb after her adult kids moved out of the

house. The design of Woolley’s garden emulates an English cottage style with the hallmark combination of ornamental and edible plants. The veggie patch provides fresh produce for her family throughout the summer and into the winter months. “I would say we get something from the garden to eat every day,” says Woolley, who recently made a quiche with sorrel, a leafy vegetable that looks like spinach and tastes a bit sweeter. While she normally spends 15 hours a week tending to her bountiful garden, Woolley has been doing some extra primping and pruning recently to prepare

for 100 or so guests expected to drop by her front yard on the weekend of May 28 to 29. Woolley’s garden oasis will be featured during the North Vancouver Community Arts Council’s annual Art in the Garden Tour. A perennial participant, Woolley welcomed 200 gardening enthusiasts on one day alone last year. Visitors admired the beautiful stonework that envelops the colourful garden filled with flowering shrubs which terraces down to embrace a goldfish pond and arbour. Birdfeeders in the garden bring around house finches, chickadees, flickers and bluejays. Bursting into colour this time of year are Woolley’s vibrant purple alliums. These globular flowers are the real showpiece, she says, singling them out from the hundreds of different plant species she grows. “I tend to go more for the pretty colours – that’s what people are really looking for,” explains Woolley, who sources her seeds from all over the world, but mostly England. While her garden survived last summer’s drought, Woolley did buy more rain barrels and now has 1,000 litres of water reserves at the ready. Hopefully the rain holds off for the Art in the Garden event, which affords artists and musicians an opportunity to showcase their talent in an unconventional venue. “It brings neighbourhoods together, it’s an economic driver for the North Shore community, friends run into each other year after year in different gardens, and it is an incredible honour to be allowed to share the private oases of gifted gardeners,” says Linda Feil, executive director of the North Vancouver

Lois Woolley is busy prepping her lush property for the annual Art in the Garden tour. PHOTO CINDY GOODMAN 48 NORTH SHORE LIVING / SPRING 2016


“I tend to go more for the pretty colours – that’s what people are really looking for.” Community Arts Council. Art in the Garden features 15 to 16 North Shore gardens selected based on their esthetics, diversity of plants and uniqueness. The garden designs run the gamut from English-style cottage to West Coast woodlands to subtropical oases to Japanese-style. While the focus is on private gardens, there are some exceptions. This year the tour will include the North Shore Hospice gardens to honour the volunteer master gardeners who care for the space. The Art in the Garden self-guided tour runs Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from noon to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is collected at each garden on the tour.

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May 2016

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On now–July 23 Jazz Waves Festival The West Van Community Arts Council presents some truly amazing music including jazz, blues, boogie-woogie, and more. May 6–15 May is Art Month Local youth and professional visual and performing artists are showcased at Capilano Mall. Opening reception May 5, 6-8pm. May 8 • 11am Mothers Day Tea Party at Lonsdale Quay Lonsdale Quay hosts a complimentary tea and scone service (while supplies last). Tea supplied by Blue Teapot and fresh-baked scones supplied by COBS Bakery at the Market. May 14 • 8pm Laudate Singers Spring Concert: Songs of the British Isles St. Andrew’s United Church Favourites and new found gems from the verdant isles. May 27 • 8pm Ambleside Orchestra’s Mainstage Concert Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd.

May 28 • 11am–5pm MEC Bikefest North Shore Live music, beer garden, BBQ, interactive games, and shows for the whole family at Inter River Park. May 28–29 • 12pm–5pm Art in the Garden Tour Self-guided tour of North Shore gardens.

June 2016 June 4 District of West Vancouver Community Day 9:30 am - Ambleside Mile running race 10:00 am - Parade in Ambleside 11:00 am - Community-wide party from John Lawson Park to Ambleside Park, live performances, food vendors, exhibits & a beer garden. June 4 Spartan Race 5km endurance race on Mount Seymour. June 11 Tim Jones Memorial Rotary Ride for Rescue Cypress Mountain Hill Climb benefitting North Shore Rescue June 11 Burrard Yacht Club Classic Boat & Car Show June 11–12 • 10am–6pm Philippine Days Festival Come experience family fun & fellowship, traditional Filipino cuisine and entertainment at Waterfront Park. June 18 • 10:30am–2pm 11th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic Bring your teddy bears and enjoy music, children’s entertainment, face painting, cookie decorating, arts and crafts and more! June 19 • 9:30am North Vancouver Save Our Shores Society’s Discovery Waterfront Walk A two hour, five-kilometre guided educational tour that starts at Cates Park. June 24–July 3 North Shore Jazz Festival A variety of jazz and blues genres and unique music at various North Shore locations. photo paul mcgrath

events Calendar

May 29 • 9:30am–12pm Westie Walk Bring your West Highland White Terrier to Lighthouse Park for a morning of fun & games. Entry by donation – proceeds support Westie Rescue of Canada. Pre-registration required. May 29 • 10am–4pm Sheep Shearing Festival Come watch shearing and enjoy crafts, facepainting and more. Special admission rates apply. Maplewood Farm.

June 24–August 31 SummerFest Lonsdale Quay Market Free outdoor concerts, dance lessons and Zumba classes every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. June 26 • 11am–4pm Horseshoe Bay Annual Artwalk Admire the work of local artists displayed at various locations around the community of Horseshoe Bay. Enjoy the route on foot (45 min) or catch our FREE shuttle bus from the Gleneagles Community Centre parking lot every half hour starting at 11 a.m. Free admission. July 2016 July 1 Canada Day Celebrations North Vancouver • 10am–12pm Pancake Breakfast at Grand Boulevard Park. Parade: 13th & Grand Blvd. West to Lonsdale, north to 17th, west on 17th to Jones Ave., ending at Mahon Park. North Vancouver • 12pm–4pm Waterfront Park Live entertainment and activities for the whole family, including a craft fair hosted by NV Community Arts Council. West Vancouver • 4:30–-10:30pm John Lawson Park Bring a picnic, or enjoy a selection from our food vendors, while watching live entertainment. Fireworks begin at 10:30pm. July 3 • 9:30am–2pm Waterfront Show and Shine Join the BC Corvette Club for its annual Show & Shine at Waterfront Park. July 6–13 BC Bike Race Seven day race starts in North Vancouver and ends in Whistler. July 7–August 25 Thursdays • 6:30pm–8pm Salsa By the Sea Ambleside Landing Join the drop-in salsa class or bring a picnic and watch the dancers. July 8–August 26 • 7–9pm Live & Local Concert Series Enjoy great music during these Friday night outdoor concerts held in Lynn Valley Village, Edgemont Village and Panorama Park. July 8–10 Squamish Nation 29th Annual Youth Pow Wow Capilano Reserve Park A community pow wow with aboriginal arts and crafts, a traditional salmon BBQ & more. spring 2016 / north shore living 49

August 14 • 12–4pm Lower Mainland Vega Club 27th Annual Show & Shine Classic car show at Waterfront Park. August 20 • 10am–4pm Heritage Classic Field Meet In its 47th year, this car show will give everyone an opportunity to see classic MGs, classic and modern Jaguars, plus other British classic cars at Waterfront Park. August 21 • 10am–3pm 19th Annual BMW Concours & Heritage Celebration Join the BMW Car Club of BC in celebrating 60 years of BMW history at Waterfront Park. August 21 Deep Cove Daze Live music, entertainment, beer garden, art displays and midway at Panorama Park, Deep Cove. August 28 • 10am–3pm All Japanese Classic Join the West Coast Datsun Car Club for this all Japanese classic car show at Waterfront Park.

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September 2016

August 13–14 Car Free Day Street Festival Slide the City comes to Lower Lonsdale along with merchants and food vendors, live music stages, kids’ games, and performance art. Bring the family and enjoy a 1,000 foot waterslide on Lonsdale Avenue stretching from Keith Road to Third Street.

September 4–5 Polish Festival Vancouver This 4th annual festival is an opportunity for you to enjoy Polish culture and cuisine in the Lynn Valley Village plaza. September 5 • 12–5pm Music in the Park Capilano River Regional Park Music, art demos, children activities. September 11 • 9am–6pm Coho Festival Ambleside, West Vancouver Live music, 14-km Coho Run, Coho Walk, Coho Swim, lots of kids’ activities, First Nations Village, and a famous salmon BBQ.

September 18 • 10am–12pm Terry Fox Run North Vancouver: Inter River Park West Vancouver: Ambleside Park September 30–October 2 North Shore Culture Days Various Locations Free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind-the-scenes” to discover the world of artists and creative offerings on the North Shore. or photo lisa king

July 9–10 • 10am Tsleil-Waututh Canoe Races First Nation paddling teams will compete in traditional war canoe races on Burrard Inlet at Cates Park. Enjoy Aboriginal arts and crafts booths and cash only concession featuring freshly barbecued salmon. July 16–August 27 • 4–7pm Cates Park Concert Series Free outdoor concerts showcasing three local bands each Saturday night. Bring your blanket and a lawn chair and enjoy great local up and coming talent. July 23–24 Caribbean Days Festival Waterfront Park Presented by the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC, it’s a weekend of parading, dining and dancing in the sunshine. July 29–August 7 Harmony Arts Festival The North Shore’s annual 10 day celebration of community and art. Experience the sights, sounds and sensations of this award-winning festival along the beautiful waterfront in West Vancouver.

September 29–October 3 • 10am–9pm Artists for Conservation Festival Grouse Mountain World’s top conservation-themed exhibit of original nature and wildlife art, art workshops, live painting demonstrations, films and guest lecturers. Weekend activities will include live music, performances. October 2016 October 2 • 12–5pm Trolley Dances Entertaining trolley ride event highlighting significant cultural, historical and natural features, music and dance performances. October 2 • starts 7:30am Spirit of the Shore Half Marathon The BlueShore Financial Spirit of the Shore Half Marathon is the premier running event on the beautiful North Shore.

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May 6–September 30 Fridays • 5pm–10pm Shipyards Night Market Shipyard Plaza, Victory Ship Way & Wallace Mews Rd May 7–October 29 Saturdays • 10am–3pm Lonsdale Quay Farmers Markets East Plaza, 123 Carrie Cates Court

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May 7–October 1 Saturdays • 9am–3pm Dundarave Farmers Market May 8–October 30 Sundays • 10am–3pm Ambleside Farmers Market 1500 block of Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver between 15th and 16th Street

Little Pink Door Boutique 111-2120 Dollarton Hwy., North Vancouver J Crew Park Royal Shopping Centre, West Vancouver Joe Fresh 1632 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver Kiss and Makeup 1760 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver MEC 212 Brooksbank Ave., North Vancouver

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