North Vancouver (city)

North Vancouver is a city in southwestern British Columbia, Canada. It lies on the northern shore of Burrard Inlet, directly across from Downtown Vancouver, belongs to the district of Metro Vancouver and is one of three towns in the North Shore region (literally: the north shore ).


The city is surrounded on three sides by the homonymous municipality and district in the southwestern part of a reserve of Squamish and is located at the foot of Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour, two popular excursion mountains in the North Shore Mountains.

The City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver are two independent authorities with their own mayors, city councils and municipal utilities. However, they form a common school district and share a police station of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The city is far more densely populated than the district municipality, dominated urban and the center of the North Shore region. The population density is relatively high, there are numerous high-rise apartment houses, especially in the districts of Central Lonsdale and Lower Lonsdale.


North Vancouver is the oldest settlement on Burrard Inlet Fjord and older than Vancouver itself The only even older settlement in the region is New Westminster on the Fraser River. At the beginning of the 1860s began loggers to fell in the pristine forests of Douglas fir and other trees, which were then loaded onto ships. Sewell Moody built 1865 operated by water power sawmill. Around it was a village with a post office and schools, and in 1891 was the founding of the church North Vancouver, which extended over the entire north shore of Burrard Inlet. The name was then still Moody Ville, in honor of Sewell Prescott Moody. Financial crises led to the bankruptcy of the young community. As a result, incurred West Vancouver and North Vancouver District Municipality, while the newly founded city 1907 North Vancouver only covered a small part of the area.

Jointly responsible for the bankruptcy was the high cost of developing the mountainous terrain. In addition, the embankment initially consisted mainly of swamps. The large distances and deep Bachtobel hindered the development in addition. The bridges were swept away by floods in winter.

The city, which was no longer responsible for the countryside now, performed well and became a popular suburb of Vancouver. Ferries brought commuters to work while trams and speculators new residential areas developed. The Wallace shipyard and the Pacific Great Eastern Railway introduced industrial jobs and in 1925 presented the Second Narrows Bridge a fixed connection to the south shore of Burrard Inlet ago. The Lions Gate Bridge followed in 1938, with the construction costs were underwritten by the brewery Guinness family, in order to tap their 16km ² of land in West Vancouver can.

During the interwar period still sawmills, forestry enterprises and small farms dominated the environment. At the Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour created on the ski. During the world economic crisis, the city went bankrupt again. But during the Second World War, the economy was able to recover, as the shipyards on the banks built numerous warships. After the war, North Vancouver changed its proximity to Downtown Vancouver with time into an attractive residential location.


The census in 2011 showed a population of 48 196 inhabitants for the community. The population has thereby increased from 2006 by 6.7 % compared to the census and is thus approximately the average of British Columbia, where the population grew by 7.0 % over the same period. In the surrounding district municipality of North Vancouver live another 84 412 inhabitants.

Economy and Transport

In the city some major companies are located, which are active in the fields of shipbuilding, chemical production, and film production. Also of importance is tourism.

Two bridges - Lions Gate Bridge and Second Narrows Crossing - and the SeaBus connect North Vancouver with Vancouver. Due to the northern part of the city runs the Highway 1, a highway -like portion of the Trans-Canada Highway.

On behalf of the transport company Translink Coast Mountain Bus Company operates the several bus lines that have their starting point at the SeaBus ferry terminal Lonsdale Quay.


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