North Vancouver is a prominent Canadian municipality situated on the banks of the Burrard Inlet directly north of the city of Vancouver in British Columbia. This waterfront district is surrounded by the scenic North Shore Mountains, making for a quaint combination of urban and natural livelihood equipped with its own distinctive cultural offerings.
Outdoor activities are the highlight of the North Vancouver area consisting of numerous hiking trails, biking trails, parks, golf courses, climbing areas, and waterfront providing for kayaking and canoeing. Endless opportunities abound for tours and sightseeing, and the area contains ample entertainment attractions such as Lynn Canyon Park, Grouse Mountain and the Cleveland Dam. The thriving outdoor-based community is balanced with an urban blend of local breweries, art galleries, and festivals held throughout the year.
The Lions' Gate Bridge and the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing connect North Vancouver to main Vancouver across the Burrard Inlet. The SeaBus serves as a passenger ferry across the water, and there are also public buses that run routes throughout the city from its hub at Lonsdale Quay.
Although North Vancouver is often referred to as a suburb of Vancouver, it maintains its own Fire Department as well as a thriving industry primarily rooted in shipping, chemical production, and film production.