Salmon Season’s Top 10 Reasons to Visit Vancouver’s North Shore This Fall!

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Salmon are to Vancouver’s North Shore like maple syrup is to Quebec. So, there is no better place to savour “everything salmon” than right here during autumn.

Here’s our top ten “salmon inspired” vacation picks.

    1. See Salmon Run and Leap While You Walk: The beautiful Coho Loop in Capilano Canyon Park winds around the Capilano River and through ancient rainforest. Best of all, it lets you view the salmon run from a variety of scenic locations. (

  1. 2. Learn About The Lifecycle of Salmon at the Capilano Fish Hatchery: Don’t miss the remarkable Capilano Fish Hatchery Interpretive Centre and self-guided tour visited by 400,000 people annually. This free exhibit showcases a salmon’s lifecycle; while the near by “Fishway” lets your observe live salmon climbing fish ladders in order to migrate up stream to spawn.

  1. 3. Seafood Lunch or Dinner On The Waterfront: A local favourite, Pier 7 is conveniently located right across from downtown Vancouver.  Simply jump on the SeaBus in Vancouver and disembark on the North Shore at Lonsdale Quay.  It’s a short walk over to Pier 7 at Shipyard Plaza. Once inside you’ll be treated to sweeping views of Vancouver’s downtown cityscape, while you dine light on a Grilled Salmon Quinoa Salad or go for the gusto and order a Seafood Tower for Two! After dinner, stroll the Pier!

  1. 4. Salmon Are A Local Art Form: Salmon don’t just run in our rivers they decorate our streets, parks, totems and buildings in colourful mosaics, fascination metal sculptures and other interesting art forms.

  1. 5. Take Home Smoked Salmon For Family and Friends: Everyone needs to sample our legendary smoked salmon.  So, head to Lonsdale Quay Market and Shops to pick up your local catch.  

  1. 6. Go Fish Our Rivers: Fishermen and “fisherwomen” bring your gear and plan a day at the Capilano River for some of the best steelhead fishing in North America. Note: all steelhead (both wild and hatchery marked) are required to be released. And you must have a valid British Columbia freshwater ­fishing license.  

  1. 7. Book a Deep Sea Fishing Charter: Experience excellent deep-sea ­fishing when you book a salmon fishing charter from Sewell’s Marina. Within 15 to 20 minutes from Horseshoe Bay, you can be fishing with knowledgeable local guides for trophy worthy fish.  

  1. 8. Shop For Native Souvenirs: For local and native art inspired by nature check out the Spirit Gallery for stunning gold and silver jewellery, salmon inspired fine art prints, bentwood boxes, Inuit art and hand carved masks. Afterwards you can tour Horseshoe Bay and watch the BC Ferries arrive and depart.

  1. 9. Dine At Our Renowned Salmon House On The Hill: West Vancouver’s Salmon House on the Hill and Coho Lounge give you amazing views of downtown Vancouver and the spectacular Burrard Inlet. Watch large foreign freighters, Alaska bound cruise ships and local sea-going vessels negotiate our harbour as you dine on the Salmon House’s famed Pesto Crusted Chinook Salmon or Alder Grilled Salmon Trio.

  1. 10. Salmon: Just One Of The Many Spectacular Fall Colours To Be Seen on “The Mountainside Of Vancouver”. Autumn colours abound as hikers and bikers traverse our mountain trails.  Get out in the woods, or go up any one of our three mountains to see autumn’s splendour spread out at your feet like a marvellous colourful tapestry.

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