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Culture Compass Treasure Hunts
Culture Compass Treasure Hunts!

Throughout 2021, the Culture Compass team created a multitude of Treasure Hunts to inspire everyone to explore the cultural treasures all across the North Shore.

Treasure Hunts come 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.


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 isn’t designed to be walkable but could be completed across a number of days, or by bike, transit or car.

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 

Chief Dan George Actor & Activist exhibit (until 29 Aug)


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 – Balanced Forms Exhibit

Silk Purse – Community Art

Buy the You Are Here Fundraising Calendar that features the Ferry Building!


Part of the Coho Festival 2021. 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    

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