The Best Senior Living Location in North Vancouver BC

in Independent Living

Written by PARC Retirement Living

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Summerhill PARC is in the heart of North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood, just off Lonsdale Ave. on 15th St. East. This central spot is within walking distance of every urban convenience: shopping, pharmacies, banks, medical offices, a library, a community centre and much more. Yet we’re also surrounded by some of the wildest and most awe-inspiring mountain, ocean and forest environments found anywhere in the world.

Read on to learn more about what makes this location so special.

Shipyards Lower Lonsdale North Vancouver

A vibrant neighbourhood with a spectacular backdrop

North Vancouver is more than just Vancouver’s beautiful backyard! While it’s true we enjoy some of the most beautiful mountains, parks and beaches in the country, this community of 52,000 is a cultured hub in its own right, with fantastic restaurants, a diverse artistic community, varied shopping and every amenity a resident could desire. Lower Lonsdale is the city’s oldest neighbourhood, where century-old maritime history meets modern everything – brimming with shops, restaurants, cafés, pubs and microbreweries. One of the area’s biggest draws is the recently completed Shipyards development, where still-active shipbuilding facilities and working tugboats mingle with a new crop of attractions, such as The Polygon Gallery, The Pipe Shop events venue and Shipyards Commons park.

North Van is well-connected, too: it’s a short zip across the circa-1938 Lions Gate Bridge to downtown Vancouver, or a 20-minute drive west to the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal, where dozens of sailings depart daily for Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast and beyond. The community of West Vancouver is right next door, as well, beckoning with its own array of beautiful parks, walkable seaside villages and more.

Learn more about North Vancouver at North Shore Tourism and the City of North Vancouver.

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A home made for active North Shore living

Our modern building is perfectly situated and structured for residents to take advantage of the city’s amenities and our spectacular natural surroundings, including the waterfront – just 2 km to the south. Big picture windows open to mountain, city and harbour views, and our indoor spaces are bright, airy and welcoming. Well-appointed communal spaces offer plenty of opportunities for activity and socializing, and include a fitness centre, fireside lounge, games room and library. Beautifully landscaped grounds are another major highlight here. It’s such a pleasure to watch our lovely garden grow and bloom with flowers, herbs and plants, all curated and tended by Summerhill PARC residents.

Learn more about the building and its amenities on the Summerhill PARC page.

Everything is nearby

North Vancouver really has it all, with beautiful parks and beaches, plentiful amenities and shopping galore, especially small shops and vendors – thanks to Lonsdale Quay and the new Shipyards development. Because of the city’s compact size and proximity to the water, almost everything our residents need is within walking distance. Below is a small selection of shops, amenities and attractions close to Summerhill PARC, to show just how connected we are.


  • Banking and post: BMO Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank, TD Bank, HSBC, Scotiabank and CIBC all have locations near Summerhill PARC. The nearest Canada Post location is a two-minute walk around the corner, in Andersons General Store & Post Office.
  • Medical and health resources. You’ll find a variety of medical resources, doctor’s offices, pharmacies and dental clinics in the vicinity of Summerhill PARC, as well as physiotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture and other wellness services. Lions Gate Hospital is right next door, and there are two LifeLabs Medical Laboratories a short walk or car ride away.
  • Personal care. You’ll find dozens of salons, barbers, manicurists, estheticians and day spas right nearby, along Lonsdale Ave. and 15th St. E.
  • Transit and transportation. In addition to PARC’s car service and scheduled outings, residents may wish to use the local transit system. There are several bus on Lonsdale Ave. and 15th St. connecting to the network of routes in town, as well as larger TransLink network, including the Lonsdale Quay SeaBus terminal, with access to downtown Vancouver.


  • Loblaw’s City Market (4-minute walk; 2-minute drive). A friendly neighbourhood grocery store with a full range of fresh produce and other goods, as well as a deli, bakery, pharmacy and vaccination clinic onsite.
  • Persia Foods (1-minute walk). Right across the street, this small greengrocer sells high-quality and affordable produce, dairy and packaged goods, with a large range of imported and international specialties.
  • Whole Foods (5-minute walk; 4-minute drive). A large natural and organic franchise store that sells a full range of produce and packaged goods, as well as deli, bakery and cafe items.
  • Lonsdale Quay Market (20-minute walk; 6-minute drive). This year-round market is home to more than 80 shops and vendors selling everything from fresh locally caught seafood and artisan chocolates to handmade leather goods and kitchen gadgets
  • Park Royal Shopping Mall (6-minute drive). The region’s largest shopping mall at 1.5 million square feet, Park Royal lies in the neighbouring community of West Vancouver. Straddling Marine Drive, it’s divided into two locations, Park Royal North and Park Royal South, that harbour 200-plus stores and services, including The Bay, Simons, Winners, Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs, as well as banks, restaurants, cobblers, tailors, salons, cellular providers, a yoga studio, a B.C. Lottery outlet and more.
  • Ayoub’s Dried Fruits & Nuts (4-minute walk; 2-minute drive). A paradise for bulk-snack lovers, this locally owned franchise has a location close to our building, offering every kind of nibble imaginable, from almonds and pumpkin seeds to cashews and dried kiwi and nougat.

Learn more about North Shore shopping.

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Parks and community amenities

  • The Shipyards District (20-minute walk; 5-minute drive). The Lower Lonsdale waterfront is a year-round destination hopping with restaurants, cafés, shops, public art, and a community space for events, concerts and markets – plus the area’s largest outdoor skating rink in the winter and a splash park in the summer. It’s also home to the 700-foot-long, Burrard Dry Dock Pier promenade and The Polygon Gallery, the largest non-profit photographic gallery in Western Canada. Plus, Lonsdale Quay Market and the SeaBus ferry terminal are right next door.
  • North Vancouver City Library (2-minute walk; 3-minute drive). In addition to its impressive collection of books, ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies and digital resources, the library hosts a rolling roster of events, lectures, classes and book clubs – and also maintains special North Shore Authors and Indigenous collections.
  • Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre (15-minute walk; 4-minute drive). A hub for local recreation and events, this complex is home to a pool, ice arena and other sports facilities, and is scheduled to get a major upgrade in 2022.
  • Silver Harbour for Seniors (15-minute walk; 5-minute drive). A community centre for the active over-55 set, offering a huge variety of events, workshops and seminars – from quilting and woodworking to yoga and painting, not to mention famous Christmas and Spring Markets.
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (8-minute drive). One of Canada’s most beloved tourist destinations is right in our backyard! A wonderful place to get away for the afternoon and walk among towering evergreens and take in the view from seven footbridges, suspended 110 feet above the forest floor. Guided nature walks run hourly, and there are fascinating interpretive resources onsite highlighting B.C.’s First Nations people, local wildlife and more.
  • Grouse Mountain (18-minute drive). This 1,230-metre-tall peak is well-loved by locals and tourists alike. Hop the Skyride gondola up to the summit to soak up incredible views of downtown Vancouver, go for a hike, check out the grizzly refuge or grab a meal at one of the restaurants.
  • Lower Seymour Conservation Area. A popular outdoor recreation areas, this 5,668-hectare forested park is a wonderful spot for hiking, picnics, fishing, kayaking, cycling and more. The 10 km paved Seymour Valley Trailway is a great choice for low-impact walks and bike rides.

Learn more about North Vancouver’s community amenities and North Shore attractions.

Dining and entertainment

  • Jack Lonsdale’s Public House (2-minute walk; 2-minute drive). A relaxed pub-restaurant with a menu focused on comfort food like burgers, hearty salads and fish ‘n’ chips, plus craft beer, cocktails and wine.
  • Brazza Gelato & Coffee (7-minute walk; 3-minute drive). A homey gelato shop serving a rainbow of flavours and tasty espresso.
  • Sadra Restaurant (4-minute walk; 2-minute drive). Yummy Persian food, including kabobs, stews, soups and salads in a casual sit-down setting.
  • Chop and Chew (7-minute walk; 3-minute drive). A great little diner that specializes in gourmet sausage. Each dish can be prepared with your choice of locally made traditional brat, vegan, beef, roasted apricot chicken or lamb Merguez sausage.
  • Fishworks (17-minute walk; 6-minute drive). A fixture of North Van’s seafood scene for more than a decade, this restaurant in a heritage building on Lonsdale Ave. serves delicious dishes featuring the freshest local catch.
  • Pier 7 (20-minute walk; 6-minute drive). The best waterfront patio in town, open all year round, and also one of the best places to wolf down some locally caught seafood, burgers and steak dishes.
  • Centennial Theatre (14-minute walk; 5-minute drive). The largest multi-purpose theatre on the North Shore with 660 seats, this venue hosts all kinds of plays, screenings, festivals and events.
  • Presentation House Theatre (12-minute walk; 3-minute drive). This small but lively space hosts dance, theatre and music performances, as well as community events.

Learn more about North Shore dining, arts and culture.

Book a tour of Summerhill PARC!

Now that you know why Summerhill PARC is a such a great place to live, why not book a tour and see it for yourself? Plus, learn more about life at Summerhill PARC and see why life is better in PARC communities.