Boutique Waterfront Hotel Perched Above Vibrant Marketplace
Stretched along the bustling Vancouver Harbour, the transit hub of Lonsdale Quay is the heartbeat of North Vancouver. Throughout the day, SeaBus passenger ferries and cruise ships take visitors into the harbor to enjoy some of the best views of the city. The multilevel Lonsdale Quay Market is one of the city’s best tourist spots, home to organic-food vendors, art galleries, fashion boutiques, and local art installations. Perched above the market on the third floor, the Lonsdale Quay Hotel gives guests direct access to the shopping emporium. Its location along the harbor also makes it ideal for connecting to downtown Vancouver. And those in town to explore the surrounding mountains and their hiking and skiing opportunities year-round are within a 30-minute drive of three skiing mountains.
Guest rooms at the Lonsdale Quay Hotel make the most of this waterfront location. In the executive rooms, you’ll find dazzling views of the harbor, the city skyline, or the Lions Gate Bridge, which spans the first narrows of the Burrard Inlet. Guests can enjoy refreshments and treats while watching movies on flat-screen TVs. The standard guest rooms feature granite accents, embroidered pillows, and limited water views. Guests who stay in standard rooms can nibble on snacks and sip beer included with this Getaway.
Every morning, the onsite Mix lounge serves a hot breakfast with a full menu selection that includes eggs, bacon, and hash browns on the hotel’s lobby level. With a glass-paneled ceiling and oversize mirrors, the waterfront eatery makes for an ideal spot to watch the sun shine down on the harbor. There are more dining spots downstairs at the indoor market, including bakeries, juice bars, and specialty cafés.
North Vancouver, British Columbia: Bustling Marketplace Surrounded by Natural Landmarks
Set against the backdrop of the North Shore Mountains, North Vancouver sits on the shores of the Burrard Inlet directly across from downtown Vancouver. Its landscape is dotted with towering trees, wildflowers, and mountain peaks, and an extensive network of biking and hiking trails offers easy access to this natural beauty. But for the area’s best views, take the Skyride gondola, located 5 miles (8 km) from the hotel. The gondola will deliver you to the summit of Grouse Mountain for a spectacular vista of Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean. In the spring, hikers scale the steep terrain of Grouse Grind, a popular 2-mile trail nicknamed “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.”
Though it has the makings of a quaint mountain village, North Vancouver is a bustling urban center. A handful of organic-seafood restaurants serve sushi and fresh wild salmon, and art galleries display artifacts from the First Nations culture, including totem poles, masks, and paintings. Two highway bridges and a passenger-only ferry will bring you to Vancouver and its popular attractions, including the Vancouver Aquarium, the largest of its kind in Canada, and the rainforest-like Stanley Park.