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Not just an address, but a lifestyle.

Not just an address, but a lifestyle.

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Home to both sea and sky, the North Shore lifestyle means having world-class mountain biking, hiking, skiing, paddle boarding and boating right in your backyard. But it’s not all athleisure and adrenaline; there’s also a vibrant food, art and culture scene. It’s truly balanced living. And in that fine balance are some of the businesses, galleries and neighbourhood haunts that make this area so sought-after. Here are a few of those North Shore rarities worth checking out:

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Rayne Longboards

Longboarding has exploded on the North Shore since Rayne Longboards rolled into Lower Lonsdale in 2004. Their sturdy boards are designed and manufactured, with bamboo in a laminate construction, right here on the Shore. The business once focused solely on longboard decks, but now produces a wide range of products from skateboards to longboards, to snowskates and powsurfers. Clearly, they’re in it for the long haul.

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Polygon Gallery

Warhol, Herzog, Adams, those are just a few of the names to grace the walls of the Presentation House Gallery over the last four decades. From a quaint old school house, the highly respected gallery hosted world-class shows that attracted thousands of art fans. Now the gallery is set for the next stage of its incarnation – with a new name and a new home on the North Shore. The new gallery, designed by Governor General Prize-winning firm Patkau Architects, is destined to be a beacon of art on the waterfront when it opens later this year. Yet another reason to live in vibrant Lower Lonsdale.

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Nomad Vanz

Husband-and-wife team John Syslak and Christina Yau recently launched the off-the-grid adventure van business in a facility on West Third Street in North Vancouver. The shop modifies vans into fully contained, self-sufficient homes on wheels that can travel to the most off-the-beaten paths. The Nomad story follows that of the couple’s own travels where they were inspired to bring customize vans concept home, for others who want to go the distance in both function and style.

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The Crab Shop

Once a charming stand-alone shack on Dollarton Highway, The Crab Shop later moved to the Dollarton Landing Plaza, taking all of its finger-licking flavour with it. Since the 1960s, this North Shore institution has served up crunchy beer-battered fish ’n’ chips to those in the know. Too tired to make dinner? Stop by for take-out, where the fried fish comes on a bed of warm, crispy chips with lip-smacking malt vinegar and tarter sauce on the side. The shop also offers freshly caught seafood and shellfish for those who want to whip up their own fish feast.

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Bike Shops

The North Shore probably has one of the highest ratios of bike stores per capita in the country. It’s hard to narrow in and focus on a single one, as goods ones are peppered throughout the North Shore. Mountain biking is part of North Shore culture, but if rugged downhill terrain isn’t your thing, there are plenty of road riders, work commuters and general joy riders pushing their pedals around the local streets, too. When you live on the Shore, it’s hard to watch from sidelines.

Here are a few North Shore bike shops worth checking out for your spring ride:

 

Norco John Henry Bikes

Cove Bike Shop

Obsession: Bikes

Yuho Sports

Steed Cycles

On Top Bike Shop

Bicycle Sports Pacific

Different Bikes

Lynn Valley Bikes

Mountain Equipment Co-op

 

We can help you live here

There are just a handful of North Shore hallmarks that make life here so sought-after. Beyond the Shore, there are a multitude of North Shore neighbourhoods with unique benefits. Allow a VPG Realty real estate agent to help determine the best North Shore location for your lifestyle needs. The options are endless, but having the right agent with the right level of access and information makes all the difference.

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