Vancouver is a great city for nature lovers, from the abundance of parks to the use of local ingredients in restaurants. And one of the best places to commune with nature is the North Shore, where you’ll find mountains and forests only a short distance from downtown Vancouver. If you visit during the winter, you can go skiing on Grouse Mountain. In the summer, take a walking tour or go hiking instead. You’ll get fantastic views either way. Another great hiking location in the North Shore is Capilano River Regional Park, where you can also walk across the Cleveland Dam or go canoeing or kayaking on the Capilano River. Over the river is the Capilano Suspension Bridge, a wooden suspension bridge two-hundred and thirty feet above the water, stretching over four hundred feet across it. If you’d rather not try to cross the bridge, you can walk nature trails on-site or see the collection of authentic First Nations totem poles. When you’re done, head back to the city and make a stop in Lonsdale Quay, where you can take in a view of the Vancouver harbor and go shopping in the Lonsdale Quay Market. The market also has a food court, in case you worked up an appetite in the wilderness. One of the best parts of the North Shore’s natural attractions is that it doesn’t take long to get back to civilization.