We gratefully acknowledge that we all work, live and play on the traditional, shared and unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Peoples. We acknowledge and express deep gratitude to these peoples, on whose territory that the Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism Association Operates.

Just a short drive from Vancouver or a serene ferry journey from Victoria, Vancouver’s North Shore in British Columbia offers an exciting birdwatching experience. Nestled within the diverse ecosystems of ocean, estuary, riverside, marshland, forest, and alpine habitats, this region provides a rich array of birding hotspots along the scenic Strait of Georgia.

The local birding adventure is complemented by an array of global dining, locally-roasted coffee establishments, and independent brewers. Birders can plan their route to explore the vibrant communities, local businesses, and top-notch birding opportunities that define the charm of Vancouver’s North Shore.

These community-focused itineraries lead you through the unique coastal communities, allowing you to discover the region’s hidden treasures. From exploring the serene riverside habitats to immersing yourself in the lush forest trails, every moment becomes an opportunity to connect with nature’s wonders.

Embracing the relaxed pace of life in Vancouver’s North Shore, you’ll find ample chances to unwind, rejuvenate, and bask in the natural beauty that defines the spirit of Canada’s west coast.

Spring birding in Vancouver’s North Shore

Spring on Vancouver’s North Shore offers fantastic bird watching opportunities. As the season unfolds, migratory birds return and native species become more active. Keep an eye out for lively Spotted Towhees, or listen for the cheerful songs of American Robins filling the air. Along the coastline, you might spot Buffleheads and Mallards. The diverse habitats of Vancouver’s North Shore make it a captivating destination for bird enthusiasts.

Summer birding in Vancouver’s North Shore

Summer on Vancouver’s North Shore offers diverse outdoor activities and nature opportunities. The season brings an array of avian activity to the region’s diverse habitats. Look for the mysterious American Dipper as it traverses the area’s flowing streams. Listen for the melodious songs of the Black-capped Chickadees in the woodlands and along the waterways, you might spot elegant Great Blue Herons and or charming Belted Kingfishers. Vancouver’s North Shore’s rich birdlife promises exciting encounters with these and other species amid the beautiful summer landscapes.

Fall birding in Vancouver’s North Shore

Fall birdwatching on Vancouver’s North Shore is a captivating experience as migratory birds begin their journeys south. Scan the skies for the majestic Bald Eagles soaring overhead. Keep an eye on the shoreline to spot elegant Pelagic Cormorants or dabbling ducks like Gadwalls. Listen for the calls of Northern Flickers and the Red-breasted Sapsuckers in forests.

Winter birding in Vancouver’s North Shore

Vancouver’s North Shore in the Winter offers a tranquil yet rewarding birdwatching experience. While some birds have migrated south, several hardy species thrive in the region. Look for Barrow’s Goldeneye off the shoreline or listen for Anna’s Hummingbirds, which remain active year-round. In forests, listen for the rhythmic tapping of the Downy Woodpeckers and the vocalizations of the Black-capped Chickadees. The diverse habitats of Vancouver’s North Shore provide opportunities to observe these and other resident species against a backdrop of serene winter landscapes.

From Maplewood Flats to the peak of Mount Seymour

It is easy to be swept away by the beauty of Vancouver’s North Shore, with the iconic mountain backdrop and encompassing shoreline, adventures abound. As you uncover the diverse habitats of the region, dive into the conservation efforts of local groups to learn more about the ecology of this unique eco-system.

Maplewood Flats Conservation Area
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    Maplewood Flats Conservation Area
    2649 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver, BC V7H 1B1

    Managed by the Wild Bird Trust since 1993, the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area is an incredible example of collaborative conservation management. With over 300-acres spanning mudflats, salt marshes, mixed forest, rough grassland and freshwater marshes the site is host to more than 250 species throughout the year. Be sure to stop by the greeter hut on arrival to pick up a detailed map of the site and find out about the latest sightings at this bird watching paradise.

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    Mount Seymour Provincial Park
    Mt Seymour Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7G 1L3

    The lush old-growth forests of Mount Seymour Provincial Park attract a number of species who call the coniferous forest home. While it shares Cypress’ excellent vantage points for the fall raptor migration, the trails at this park can yield different species thanks to the Douglas Fir habitat present here. Hairy Woodpecker and Northern Flicker inhabit these forests, and it is always worth scanning the undergrowth for Grouse.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
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    Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
    3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1

    Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of Vancouver’s best known attractions, with the namesake bridge at the core of a large and diverse park full of activities to discover. If you are looking for an up close and personal experience with birds of prey, consider a visit to Raptors Ridge at the Capilano Suspension Bridge park. Raptors Ridge is an educational facility committed to educating the public about raptors—birds of prey such as owls, hawks and falcons—and to wildlife conservation.

Harris's Hawk at Raptor Ridge - Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
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Great Blue Heron at Maplewood Flats Conservation Area
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Exploring the shoreline at Maplewood Flats Conservation Area
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Grouse Mountain, Vancouver's North Shore
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    Shipyard's District
    145 Chadwick Ct Suite 220, North Vancouver, BC V7M 3K1

    The Shipyards District can be found in the historic Lower Lonsdale area. It’s a vibrant community hub that has undergone recent development and is now brimming with boutiques, art galleries, dining establishments, breweries, and bars. There is a scenic waterfront outdoor area, and  It’s an ideal place to unwind with a drink or enjoy a leisurely post-dinner walk. During the summer months, don’t miss the Shipyards Night Market, a Friday evening tradition throughout the entire summer.

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Heading West towards Horseshoe Bay

A true characteristic of Vancouver’s North Shore is the ability to explore the mountain tops and ocean shores all in the same day. Enjoy the stunning views from accessible peaks and take in the bird life found in the abundant waters of the Salish sea.

Birdwatching on Vancouver's North Shore
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    Ambleside Park
    1150 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7T 1B1

    Don’t be deceived by the urban surroundings of this waterfront park, over 200 species have been observed here and it is a popular birding destination year round. Take your time as you explore the forested trails that lead you first to a freshwater pond, and then onwards to the mouth of the Capilano River and the sandbar it has created in the Burrard Inlet. Species to watch for as you explore the area include Harlequin Duck, Pacific Slope Flycatcher and Belted Kingfisher.

A view of Vancouver's North Shore and downtown Vancouver from Grouse Mountain
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    Grouse Mountain
    6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9

    Whether you choose to undertake the famous Grouse Grind or opt for the scenic Skyride to make your way to the top, a visit to Grouse Mountain will impress with the incredible views of the city. Year round residents of the area include the Great-horned Owl, Bald Eagle, Chestnut-backed Chickadee and Sooty Grouse, so keep an eye out for them no matter what season you visit. Summertime allows access to a number of hiking trails where you may encounter some of the other 99 species in the area. Daily falconry displays occur during the summer months, be sure to check the website for timing.

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    Cypress Provincial Park
    West Vancouver, BC V0N 1G0

    During the summer months Cypress Provincial Park offers a number of hiking trails and lookouts from which to observe the over 120 species of bird that have been spotted in the park. Gray Jay’s are a firm favourite for visitors to the park, while other alpine species such as the Black and Vaux’s Swift are more elusive but still spectacular to spot. During fall, the high elevation and vantage points of the park provide an excellent view of migrating raptors such as Red-Tailed, Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned hawks. As you hike, the forests are busy with the sounds of vireos, flycatchers and warbler’s, and it is not uncommon to encounter a Sooty Grouse on your travels.

Sooty Grouse at Grouse Mountain
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    Horseshoe Bay
    West Vancouver, BC V7W 3H5

    The village of Horseshoe Bay is worth a visit not only for its bustling centre with many shops, cafes and restaurants, but for the over 150 species of birds that have been spotted in the region year round. The mild climate makes the area a popular overwintering site for waterfowl, and sightings of Barrow’s Goldeneye, Western Grebes and Pelagic Cormorants are common. Spend some time discerning your gulls and you may spot a Ring-Billed or Short-Billed amongst the flocks that frequent the area.

Horsehoe Bay, West Vancouver
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Grouse Mountain
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Raptors Ridge at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
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    The Shed at Cypress Pop Up Village
    3757 Cypress Bowl Rd, West Vancouver, BC V7S 3E7

    This spot offers ample greenery, breathtaking panoramic vistas of Downtown Vancouver, and The Shed, a coffee bar and pizzeria where you can grab a freshly baked pizza alongside a cup of coffee or a refreshing cold beer. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a stroll along the impressive 200-meter-long trestle bridge for a uniquely North Shore experience.

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Maplewood Flats Conservation Area

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Annual Osprey Festival

Located at the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area, the Annual Osprey Festival is a collaboration between the Wild Bird Trust and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation to learn about reconciliation-in-action.

Lynn Valley Ecology Centre

Learn about the natural history and environment of Vancouver’s North Shore at this nature museum at the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge Park. Enjoy the interactive exhibits, and learn from the park naturalists.

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The Spirit Trail

The Spirit Trail is a versatile greenway that stretches across the North Shore, offering a range of attractions along its scenic waterfront route. From the lively Shipyards District to the bustling Lonsdale Quay, there’s a lot to discover. You can choose to rent a bike or take a leisurely stroll to make the most of this picturesque path.

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