Let’s get this out of the way: I still consider myself a newcomer to the shores of North Vancouver. I grew up in Edmonton and moved to the lower mainland three years ago to pursue my dream of not putting on pants for work.

So when friends and family come to visit, I’m compelled to show off my adopted city. “See, I don’t need to wear pants,” I tell them. “No one needs to wear pants in a place like this!”. Edmonton is so very cold.

Want to impress family and make your friends jealous when they come to town? Take them to these three spots. Pants are optional.

1. Lonsdale Quay Market

When: As early in the morning as possible
Why: The market at the bottom of Lonsdale has coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, craft beer and shops with local art on display. The market is a great place to relax and watch the morning foot traffic go by; an activity that will tell your guests more than they need to know about Lower Lonsdale.

2. Capilano Watershed

When: A sunny summer afternoon
Why: Not only are there challenging hikes up and down the sides of the Capilano Canyon beneath the shadow of the iconic Lions mountains, you can show your visitors where the local water supply is and make up grandiose claims about what would happen if you went for a swim. (You can’t do that, sorry.)

3. Park & Tilford Gardens

When: As the sun sets
Why: Strolling through the gardens of Park & Tilford with a coffee is one of the easiest ways to show off our town’s lush green underbelly without travelling too far. Plus, you can finish off with a movie at the local theatre.

Your friends or family will be so impressed. And don’t pretend you didn’t enjoy it!

What are your favourite local hot spots to show off when visitors arrive?