Culture Compass Treasure Hunts

Culture Compass Treasure Hunts!

Online Treasure Hunt
Uncovering cultural gems on Vancouver’s North Shore

Join the North Shore Culture Compass and West Vancouver Community Arts Council for a fun-filled hour on Tuesday, September 27th!

We’ll provide the clues, so you can find the treasure! Together, we’ll uncover cultural gems all over Vancouver’s North Shore. Discover the story behind public art pieces, facts about the history of the area, the animals who live here, heritage buildings, cultural hiking trails, the list goes on! There will be something for everyone.

And did we mention prizes? There will be prizes!

This interactive event is suitable for adults and children – you could even come along as a team! This event will use the North Shore Culture Compass – an online map showcasing the arts, heritage and culture of Vancouver’s North Shore, run by North Van Arts.

Thank you to everyone who attended and to the West Vancouver Community Arts Council for being such a great partner!

We will post future events here…. so check back, and in the meantime download the pdf cluesheets below for the self-guided Treasure Hunts.

How do they work?

Explore the North Shore with Treasure Hunts in 3 formats:

in-person > follow the cluesheet to find cultural treasure
combination in -person/online > some of the clues will lead you to NorthShoreCultureCompass.ca for the treasure
online > cluesheets guide you through online exploration of the NorthShoreCultureCompass.ca

all of the Treasure Hunts can be found on the North Shore Culture Compass or through the links below.

Who are they for?

The questions and clues included in the Treasure Hunts require the ability to read in English.  The activities are appropriate for all age levels, and are most fun in groups of family and friends. Get your Treasure Hunt group ready and go!


This section of the spirit trail where land meets sea is full of clues to the past, stories about the present, and looking to the future – industry, transportation, leisure, art, immigration, and first nations. Once you’ve completed the hunt, head to the North Shore Culture Compass online to discover more about this fascinating area.


Note: This treasure hunt is designed to be completed by bike, transit or car, or walking within sections (not a walkable route in one day).

What is today called the North Shore represents a small part of Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territory, but can reveal a lot, if you know where to look. Consider the thousands of years the Coast Salish people have inhabited and stewarded this land, their deep connections to this place, and their dynamic culture. We invite you to bike, or drive across the North Shore to learn more about the people who have lived here since time immemorial, the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) people.

Additional resources:

Nature walks & plant scavenger hunts with Cease Wyss  

 – Self-guided tour map 


Let’s celebrate that we live in a city that has urban forest and trails! We have recently added a selection of trails with cultural significance to the northshoreculturecompass.ca. Explore one of these trails located at the heart of the City of North Vancouver, Mahon Park. Discover the history, public art, forest friends and conservation and rehabilitation initiatives that this green oasis has to offer.

Additional resources:

T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss’ Walking Garden Tour Vignette

City Park Stewards (City Parks Rehabilitation Project) StoryMap


Art is all around us! From public art, to galleries, to opportunities to get creative yourself, explore Art Around Town in the Ambleside neighbourhood.

Additional resources:

West Vancouver Art Museum

Silk Purse – Community Art


This Treasure Hunt takes place in Ambleside, West Vancouver and online on the northshoreculturecompass.ca

Over four decades, the Coho Society of the North Shore has worked on many exciting salmon conservation and habitat protection and enhancement projects, all with the aim of protecting salmon for future generations. Salmon have an important role in the local ecosystem. The Squamish name, Tem Cháyilhen (tum chai-yay-lhen) can be broken down into ‘schay’ (meaning ‘to fast/sacrifice’) and ‘ilhen’ (‘to eat’) so the word means ‘the salmon are sacrificing themselves for us to eat in September’. The Salmon & Streams Treasure Hunt was created in September 2021 as a new addition to the Coho Festival.

Thank you to our partners:

Vancouver's North Shore          North Vancouver District Public Library