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The two distinct British Columbia municipalities that use the name, and are often jointly referred to as, “North Vancouver”.



The City of North Vancouver (center) is surrounded by the District of North Vancouver on three sides. There are two municipalities in the Greater Vancouver region of British Columbia, Canada, that use the name North Vancouver.



The City of North Vancouver (48,196 residents – 2011 Census) and the District of North Vancouver (84,412 residents – 2011 Census)



While the City and District are separate entities, each with its own mayor, council, and operations departments, they share several core services such as the North Vancouver School District, the North Vancouver Recreation Commission, and the North Vancouver detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. These two municipalities, along with the district of West Vancouver, are commonly referred to as the North Shore.



The differences between the two municipalities are most apparent to their respective residents. For the most part, other Lower Mainland residents rarely distinguish between the District and the City, referring to both collectively as “North Vancouver”. The same is true for commercial advertising, and even for certain government departments, including Canada Post. There have been several proposals over the years with regards to merging the two municipalities, but none have progressed beyond the concept stage.



There are, however, some distinct differences between the two municipalities, both physically and socially:



The District of North Vancouver is the larger of the two. Bounded by the Capilano River to the west, Indian Arm to the east, Burrard Inlet to the south, and the North Shore Mountains to the north, it sprawls in an east-west direction across the mountain slopes, characterized by rugged terrain, frequent rain, and steep and winding roadways. The District is primarily made up of single-family residential housing, with an industrial base along the shoreline of Burrard Inlet. It has more than twice the population of the City, but with a much lower population density. There is no clearly defined “downtown”; instead, a series of commercial areas such as Edgemont Village and Lynn Valley serve as local community hubs.



The City of North Vancouver, in contrast, is more dense and urban.Surrounded to the west, north, and east by the District, the City is home to the majority of the North Shore’s high rise buildings, rental properties, and commercial operations. As with the District, there are industrial sites along the shore of Burrard Inlet, although in recent years several of these have begun to convert to residential and commercial areas. The City also has the Lonsdale Quay public market and the northern terminal for Vancouver’s Seabus transit ferry. Regional planners have identified the City, and specifically its Central Lonsdale and Lower Lonsdale neighbourhoods, as the “downtown” of the North Shore.



The white snow-capped mountains formed a picturesque backdrop for the ever expanding landscape, while forming a protective barrier of sorts for the developed countryside below. Welcome to the city that is North Vancouver.



In the District of Columbia, North Vancouver is divided into the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver. Although these two are separate from each other residential and commercial property owners do not see the segregation as a necessary element…even in advertising, but commonly refer to it in the entirety as ‘North Vancouver’.



North Vancouver is very rugged in nature making it a perfect location for hiking and skiing on the slopes of the Grouse and Seymour Mountains. The numerous trails support biking and hiking which is an ideal way to commune with nature while getting in some much recommended exercise.



Come on out and get green. In North Vancouver the focus is about keeping the environment green and promoting sustainable development. North Vancouver has come a long way from the under develop days of 1875 however; it was always a city steep in industrial activity. Being a modern city filled with sleek commercial buildings and smooth residential structures does in no way promote   negligence in the maintaining of its natural beauty.



That continued development is what makes North Vancouver the location it is today. The understanding that it is necessary to evolve for the creation of wealth among citizens and industry, has done North Vancouver well in sustaining its viability.


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