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Lions Gate Bridge is one of two bridges that connect the North Shore to Vancouver.
Located across Burrard Inlet from Vancouver, the city and district of North Vancouver,together with the district of West Vancouver, are the area known as Vancouver's North Shore.
The district of North Vancouver formed in the late 1880s, primarily for its forest land, farms, logging and sawmilling operations. Today the district is mainly residential, offering beautiful forested landscapes and an enviably short conimute to Vancouver. Downtown Vancouver is accessible via the Lions Gate or Second Narrows Bridge, or residents can take the SeaBus commuter ferry.
The city of North Vancouver incorporated in 1907, developing into a service area for the logging and sawmilling activity in the district. Maritime industry makes up a large portion of the city's economy today. The Pacific Marine Training Institute draws students from around the globe who come to learn about new marine technologies and handling hazardous materials.
The technology industry is growing in both the city and the district, with more than 300 firms located in the area. Business parks are sprouting up to house these high-tech companies.
North Vancouver residents enjoy easy access to a number of recreational activities, only minutes away. In addition to its slopes, Grouse Mountain offers wilderness hiking, helicopter tours, an "adventure playground," logging shows, horse-drawn rides and paragliding.
For those who consider shopping a recreational activity, the Lonsdale Quay Market offers fashion stores, arts and crafts, fresh farm produce, seafood, fine wines and gourmet coffees.
Other area adventures include the Capilano Suspension Bridge, the longest and highest suspended footbridge in the world; Maplewood Farm, offering a petting zoo and demonstrations of life on a working farm; and the Royal Hudson, one of the last operational steam locomotives in Canada. The Royal Hudson carries travelers from North Vancouver to the logging town of Squamish, a distance of 64 kilometres.
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