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North Vancouver: An Inclusive Community for Newcomers

Community for Newcomers

The City of North Vancouver is a diverse, welcoming and lively community. With a population of more than 44,000 people, the community of North Vancouver is a place-to-call-home for all, regardless of age, background, economic status or ethnicity.


Before European settlement, Aboriginal peoples inhabited the North Shore, which includes both North and West Vancouver. With the arrival of European Captain, George Vancouver in 1972, the region began to populate and develop.

It wasn’t until 1891 that North Vancouver was incorporated as a North Shore district. Eventually, the City of North Vancouver was created, separately from West Vancouver, in 1907.

The community of North Vancouver is rich in cultural history. Anyone interested in learning more is encouraged to visit the North Vancouver Museum and Archives Commission, which has preserved historical community artifacts, documents and photographs of the City in order to make them accessible to today’s public. Visit the NVMA website to learn more!


Being a new resident in an unfamiliar city can be daunting. However, the friendly and tight-knit community of North Vancouver welcomes all newcomers.

To help new immigrants feel welcome, the City of North Vancouver’s website provides community information on everything from the location of City Hall, garbage and recycling schedules, how to pay property taxes, public transit information, local childcare and much more.

If you are planning to move to North Vancouver you will first and foremost need to find a place to live – a community to call home. Luckily, the City ensures a range of housing options including family friendly options, housing for vulnerable populations, rental housing and other affordable housing plans.

If you are a newcomer wanting to get involved in your community, the North Vancouver community invites and encourages all residents to participate in civic engagements. Some ways to get involved include voting, attending committee meetings and volunteering.


Whether you are new to the community or have lived here your entire life, North Vancouver has many spectacular attractions that never get old visiting.

It is highly recommended that you visit the Burrard Dry Dock Pier, various city parks and trails, the Lonsdale Quay Market and shops, the Capilano Mall, the Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain and many others!

You should also attend North Shore’s various exciting community events including earth day, river day, family movie nights, night markets and much more.


In 2015, the City of North Vancouver was recognized as an “Age Friendly” community. With multiple resources for seniors, families and youth, the North Vancouver community if fit for all.

If you are a senior citizen moving into the North Vancouver community there may be many things you are taking into consideration. If you are concerned whether this City is right for both you and your lifestyle, take into account that this City ensures a safe community for their seniors and strives “to ensure that every senior citizen has access to a diverse range of social, recreational and leisure activities”.

It can also be tough moving to a new community as a kid or a young adult. The North Vancouver community provides many different resources for youth where you can meet new people, socialize and most importantly, be yourself!

Youth services and programs that are offered among the North Vancouver community include the North Shore Neighbourhood House Youth Outreach Program, John Braithwaite Community Centre Youth Centre and North Vancouver City Library Teen Programs.

Did you know that North Vancouver is one of Canada’s most active, healthy, and creative communities? With residents embracing healthy lifestyles, more than three million visits are made each year to community recreation facilities.

These facilities are located at 13 different centers, and are accessible to all. Whether you are looking to join a fitness class, go for a swim, or play tennis with friends, the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission has it all.

North Vancouver District Public Library

More than 800,000 people visit the North Vancouver District Public Library every year. The library also circulates more than 1.7 million items between its three branches: Lynn Valley Library, Capilano Library and Parkgate Library.

All three locations, The Lynn Valley, The Capilano Library in Edgemont, and the Parkgate Library in Deep Cove, offer reading spaces, areas specifically for children and youth, quiet study areas, and computer workstations for public use. Members can browse the library for collections of books, movies, and music.  or book a room for a meeting or program.

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