Geographically the Northshore consists of land on the north side of English Bay and Burrard Inlet, across the water from the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby, extending from Indian Arm on the east (Deep Cove) to Howe Sound on the west (Horseshoe Bay).
The distance between the two ends is approximately 28 kilometers. For half of the distance the inhabited portions extend no more than 2-3 kilometers from the water\'s edge. In some of the built up areas, residences extend 3 - 5 kilometers up the mountainside.
Beyond these are mountain terrains and watersheds consisting of, east to west, Mount Seymour, Lynn Headwaters, Grouse Mountain, Capilano Watershed and Cypress (Black Mountain). These have well documented trail systems for the adventurous and well prepared. Beyond the trails is wilderness (Pacific Ranges, Coast Mountains).
The present day Northshore is made of the Municipality of West Vancouver which consists of land west of the Capilano River and the District of North Vancouver, within which is the City of North Vancouver, to the east of the Capilano River.