Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Lower Lonsdale

Welcome to Lower Lonsdale!

Situated along the waterfront in North Vancouver and showcasing picture-perfect views of downtown Vancouver’s skyline, Lower Lonsdale is one of North Vancouver’s oldest and fastest-growing urban neighbourhoods. Boasting a rich shipbuilding history, the neighbourhood’s Shipyards District has blossomed into a hub of independent shops, restaurants and breweries, and specialty food shops. Lower Lonsdale is a scenic 12-minute Seabus ride from downtown; once visitors reach the dock, they’ll find plenty to keep them occupied.

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Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Lower Lonsdale

April Showers, Public Art & the Spirit Trail

Photo: R. Weiss

April showers may bring spring flowers, but for many Vancouverites, this is the time of year when the dull, rainy days can sometimes feel endless. With bated breath, we wake up every morning and collectively watch the weather forecast, desperately wishing for sunshine and warmth. Although sensing our mood, Mother Nature teases us by painting the City with splashes of colour in the form of daffodils, tulips and our beloved, vibrant cherry blossoms. Her artwork is like an invitation to leave our winter hibernation dens and venture forth outside.

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April Showers, Public Art & the Spirit Trail

Best Metro Vancouver Day Trips to Do Without a Car

aquabusNo need to let the lack of a vehicle prevent you from exploring the multiple attractions in and around Vancouver. Below are a handful of adventures with easy transit options.

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Best Metro Vancouver Day Trips to Do Without a Car

Dating in Vancouver: 3 North Shore date ideas

Photo credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge

Photo credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge

Besides summer, fall comes up a close second on my seasonal love chart. Whether it’s the crunch of freshly fallen leaves underfoot, all the great harvest foods available or just that slight nip in the air, Autumn is a great excuse to head outdoors with your potential mate, then head indoors afterwards to get snuggle in and get cozy.

For this month’s Dating in Vancouver feature, I’m profiling my favourite hood for fall hangouts: the North Shore. The North Shore is all about the elements and geography. The weather is a little bit more omnipresent (rain, fog, snow) and the mountains provide a great view/backdrop/playground for the beginnings or continuation of a romance.

A date in North or West Van is for those with sturdy gumboots, water-proof jackets and an adventuring spirit. While the North Shore contains mountains of date-night possibilities, for now I’ll cover my three of my fave dates.     Continue reading:
Dating in Vancouver: 3 North Shore date ideas

Winter Fest at Lonsdale Quay Market

One my way back from Grouse Mountain yesterday morning I decided to stop by one of my favourite places in North Vancouver and check out what was going on at Lonsdale Quay Market for the Olympics. They are in the middle of Winter Fest – in conjunction with the City of North Vancouver.

Lonsdale Quay is one of the transportation hubs for the Games – it is one of the pick up locations for the Olympic Bus Network. It is also where the SeaBus to downtown departs from. The SeaBus has proven to be extremely popular form of transportation during the Games, with wait times of up to one hours being reported over the weekend. I miss the SeaBus. I lived in North Vancouver for many years, and always loved taking it to/from downtown. It is such a neat and unique way to see the city.

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Winter Fest at Lonsdale Quay Market