Pre-summer Activities in the North Shore

The Shipyards Night Market has been in full on Fridays for the past month, as have the local Farmers’ Markets. We might still have about two more weeks until summer officially begins, but festival season is here. This weekend marks the beginning of the season; Waterfront Park will host Philippines Days this weekend. Father’s Day Sunday is now traditionally devoted to the Italian-French Car show, also at Waterfront Park. West Vancouver will host the Dundarave Porsche Show that same Sunday. 

As temperatures start warming up, it is a great moment to consider activities for the kids during the next couple of months. There is a wide variety of day camps for children during summer break such as the Grouse Mountain’s Adventure Day Camps (ages 5 to 16), as well as the many options offered by the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission and West Vancouver Community Centres.  Local art teacher Jeri Engen offers summer art camps at her studio in Lynn Valley for children 6 and up. For those who love to create, dance, sing and perform, Monarch Arts Education offers a day camp for children 5 to 12 years old. The program is held at Presentation House Theatre in Lower Lonsdale.

One of the most exciting events during the summer is Fun City Festival (August 12 and 13) with its main attraction Slide the City, a 1,000 ft water slide, which turns Lower Lonsdale into a pedestrian and slider zone filled with vendors, food trucks, live music, DJs and entertainment. We might still be two months away but it’s time to buy tickets.

North Shore residents can also play tourist and visit the area’s tourist attractions, will taking advantage of the resident discount. Capilano Suspension Bridge offers an annual pass for the price of a day visit for BC residents. Grouse Mountain also has annual local passes.

Here are the upcoming events in the North Shore:

Philippine Days
The Philippine Days Festival is celebrating its 11th anniversary this year.
June 11 and 12 (Saturday and Sunday)
11am to 6pm
Waterfront Park  

Lynn Valley Days
It was over a hundred years ago, in 1912, that the Lynn Valley Day celebrations first took place. In 1972 it was brought back and became an annual event. There is a local parade and a day full of family-focused activities such as games and inflatable bouncy toys.
Saturday, June 17th  
9:00am to 4:00 pm  

Italian French Car Show

The North Vancouver Italian/French Car show has been held since 1988 at Waterfront. Last year there were over 50 French vehicles and they are aiming for 60 this year.
June 18, 2017
Location: Waterfront Park

Dundarave Porsche Show
This is the 12th year the Porsche Club of America - Canada West Region is hosting the Dundarave Porsche Show. The event raises money for medical research to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Location: Dundarave Village between 24th and 25th St on Marine Drive
10 am to 1 pm 

Canada Day Parade North Vancouver
Saturday, July 1st 
9:30am to 11:30am   

Canada Day Celebrations at Waterfront Park

Date: Saturday, July 1st  Time: 11:30am to 4:30pm Location: Waterfront Park  

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