North Vancouver is as close to nature as Vancouverites get - mountain biking, skiing, hiking, golfing and kayaking all help to keep this the fittest neighbourhood in Greater Vancouver.
You have not had a 'true' Vancouver experience until you have hiked the famous Grouse Grind which is less than 3km but climbs more than 2,700 feet in elevation.
If you're looking for a 'bucket list' adventure, you might try traversing the award-winning Capilano Suspension Bridge suspended 230 feet above the Capilano River. This North Vancouver landmark is home to the largest private collection of First Nation Totem Poles in the world and guided tours identifying the secrets and spirit of the West Coast rainforest.
Young families are attracted to the recreation centres, shopping and independent coffee shops offered in the quaint neighbourhoods of Edgemont Village, Lynn Valley and Deep Cove.
North Vancouver's recently refurbished Lower Lonsdale area puts you right in the heart of the city centre following a 15-minute scenic ride across the ocean on the SeaBus passenger ferry.