Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

Somewhat confusingly we stayed in Vancouver on 3 separate occasions on our month long North America trip – the first weekend, a night in the middle (after a sideways trip to the Rockies and Banff) and a night at the end before we flew home. For ease of writing up for the blog I’ve decided to do the Vancouver posts in one go (see here and here for the previous posts).

We stayed in the municipality of North VancouverΒ the night before we boarded our Alaska cruise. We had booked an Airbnb house along with our travelling companions – it was just a quick ride in the car down to the water front or about a 20 minute walk (one way downhill, but back uphill!). Tired after the drive back from Banff (though we did overnight halfway at Kelowna), we took the driving option and found parking surprisingly easy though we did have to use the paid multi storey car park near the Lonsdale Centre.

Situated on the Burrard Inlet, which separates Downtown Vancouver from its northern neighbour, we had been told that there were wonderful views to be had across to the cityscape, especially at night time. The long hot spell had finally broken and it was a rather cool, damp and grey late afternoon.




The information signs were a good way to learn more about the local history and the old port. The area’s history is naturally tied up with the water and ferries regularly ply the waters across to Downtown Vancouver and back again carrying commuters and tourists alike. We had hoped to take the ferry across but time was of the essence so we admired the somewhat brooding view as dusk fell along with some light drizzle. In the distance we could just make out our cruise ship, docked at Canada Wharf.



The Lonsdale Quay Market has become the hub of activities in the area and apart from the fresh produce is home to many cafes, restaurants and a kids play area. Just to the west of the market is the Waterfront Park, which on a finer day would have made a lovely picnic spot. Further round again you come to the start of Stanley Park, a wonderful antidote to Vancouver’s urban skyscrapers. Alas we didn’t have enough time to walk round though we did drive through some of the leafy avenues en route back to the city the next morning.



As the sun set we headed off in search of dinner and ended up at Pier 7 right on the waterfront, which had the most spectacular view of the city illuminated at night (excuse the extra background lights on the flash!).





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11 thoughts on “North Vancouver At Dusk

  1. Heyjude says:

    I believe my OH has a friend who lives in Lonsdale, we met him for dinner in Vancouver, but never visited his home. I have been on the north side though, to Grouse Mountain and also to Horseshoe Bay to catch a ferry. Once across to the Island and once to go up north. A great city.

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    1. We would have liked to have visited Grouse Mountain and explored the hinterland behind North Vancouver. Our friends took one of the scenic flights on offer and it flew out that way. It’s a beautiful location with all the inlets and water plus the mountains as a backdrop πŸ™‚

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      1. Heyjude says:

        Never enough time.

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        1. Always the way you can’t do everything in one go especially in somewhere like Vancouver. Maybe we’ll go there again one day …


  2. restlessjo says:

    Shame about the weather! Almost all the views I’ve ever seen of Vancouver have had blue skies, but you had so much excitement to look forward to. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Just a flying visit, Rosemay. Still no time for catch up but I appreciate your visits to mine.

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    1. Yes it wasn’t the best day Jo but at least it was cooler and so refreshing down by the water. We had had several days of very hot weather and also poor visibility and smog with all the wildfires around Banff. Not at problem thanks for taking the time for a flying visit – very welcome especially when I know you have so much going on at present, take care πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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  3. KerryCan says:

    I’ve never been to this part of Canada, just the eastern parts, but I’ve heard it’s wonderful! And I would take cool, damp weather over weather that is scorching hot any day!

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    1. It’s well worth visiting Kerry! And yes it was refreshing when it cooled down and also so nice it cleared away some of the smog from the fires. They have had a horrible wild fire season unfortunately like so many other areas in North America ☹️


  4. Gilda Baxter says:

    Visiting Vancouver 3 times in a month sounds great to me. Your views from Pier 7 for dinner looked spectacular, great choice πŸ˜„

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    1. It was a great choice Gilda – the views back to the city skyline at night were spectacular and the photos don’t do them justice!

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