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Community cultural events help bridge cultures and build strong communities through the arts, featuring visual and performing arts, and encouraging public engagement.

Culture Compass Treasure Hunts
Culture Compass Treasure Hunts!

your task:

  1. Choose which themed treasure hunt you’d like to complete! You have from May to September to complete as many as you’d like.
  2. Using the clues and map, find a letter at each of the listed locations.
  3. Once you’ve found them all, unscramble to find your code word.
  4. Claim your piece of treasure from CityScape Community Artspace during opening hours OR enter your details and the code word HERE for your chance to win the Grand Prize (a 2022 You Are Here Calendar and a set of 12 Art Cards, valued at $70). The winner will be announced in October 2021!

Each treasure hunt is designed to take 1 – 2 hours. Good luck!

NEW IN SEPTEMBER 2021! Scroll down to see the Salmon & Streams Coho Treasure Hunt (part of the Coho Festival 2021) and for more information about September’s Explore North Shore Grand Prize Draw.

NORTH SHORE CULTURE COMPASS TREASURE HUNT

WHERE LAND MEETS SEA

Launched May 2021

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.

NORTH SHORE CULTURE COMPASS TREASURE HUNT

SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL

Launched June 2021

Note: This treasure hunt isn’t designed to be walkable and could be completed across a number of days.

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) 

NORTH SHORE CULTURE COMPASS TREASURE HUNT

 FOREST FRIENDS

Launched July 2021

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

NORTH SHORE CULTURE COMPASS TREASURE HUNT

 ART AROUND TOWN

Launched August 2021

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!

NORTH SHORE CULTURE COMPASS TREASURE HUNT

SALMON & STREAMS – COHO TREASURE HUNT

Launched September 2021

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 is a new addition to the Coho Festival.

 NEW THIS MONTH! INTRODUCING THE COHO EXPLORE NORTH SHORE GRAND PRIZE

Those of you who complete the Coho Festival Treasure Hunt during September will also be entered to win the Coho Explore North Shore Grand Prize! This prize package is bursting with contributions from local businesses across the North Shore and is valued at $350*!

PLUS, the first 150 people who complete the treasure hunt will get a piece of Coho Treasure! Think giftcards, mugs, books, tote bags and more!**

*A random draw from entries will take place on October 8, 2021 and the winner will be notified

**Children must be accompanied by an adult when collecting their Coho Treasure. 

Good luck!

Grand Prize Terms & Conditions
North Van Arts Grand Prize Terms & Conditions

No purchase is necessary. By entering the contest you agree to the below Terms and Conditionsand Contest Rules.

CONTEST PERIOD: Contest opens May 1, 2021 at 12:00AM PST and closes October 8, 2021 at 12:00 PM PST.

ELIGIBILITY: This contest is only open for legal residents of British Columbia, Canada who have completed a Culture Compass Summer Treasure Hunt and have obtained a correct code word. The contest is not open to employees of North Van Arts, Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism, Build Back Tourism, The Coho Society or the Murray Paterson Marketing Group. Maximum one (1) contest entry, per treasure hunt, per person. Not adhering to the Terms and Conditionsand Contest Rules may lead to disqualification at any time.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: One (1) grand prize winner will be randomly chosen by North Van Arts. The winner will be contacted via the email address they provided when submitting the code word to enter the contest and must respond within 72 hours to claim their prize. Winner will be redrawn if no response is received within 72 hours. If the randomly selected winner of the Grand Prize is under the age of majority in BC (19 years old), they must provide permission from a parent or guardian to claim the prize. The North Van Arts Grand Prize (one calendar and one pack of gift cards) has no cash value and is non-transferrable.

EMAIL COMMUNICATION: By entering the contest, you agree to receive one (1) email communication from North Van Arts. You will not be subscribed to the email subscriber base unless you have opted in using the check box.

Coho Grand Prize Terms & Conditions

No purchase is necessary. By entering the contest you agree to the below Terms and Conditionsand Contest Rules. 

 CONTEST PERIOD: Contest opens September 1, 2021 at 12:00AM PST and closes October 8, 2021 at 12:00 PM PST.

 ELIGIBILITY: This contest is only open for legal residents of British Columbia, Canada who have completed the Salmon & Streams Coho Festival Treasure Hunt and have obtained the correct code word. The contest is not open to employees of North Van Arts, Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism, Build Back Tourism, The Coho Society or the Murray Paterson Marketing Group. Maximum one (1) contest entry per person. Not adhering to the Terms and Conditions, and Contest Rules may lead to disqualification at any time.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: One (1) grand prize winner will be randomly chosen by North Van Arts on behalf of The Coho Society. The winner will be contacted via the email address they provided when submitting the code word to enter the contest and must respond within 72 hours to claim their prize. Winner will be redrawn if no response is received within 72 hours. If the randomly selected winner of the Grand Prize is under the age of majority in BC (19 years old), they must provide permission from a parent or guardian to claim the prize. The Coho Grand Prize (a gift basket with contributions from local businesses) has no cash value and is non-transferrable. 

EMAIL COMMUNICATION: By entering the contest, you agree to receive one (1) email communication from North Van Arts. You will not be subscribed to the email subscriber base unless you have opted in using the check box.

Adult Summer Reading Challenge, NVDPL

To further explore the themes of the Treasure Hunts, we invite you to participate in the Adult Summer Reading Challenge, organized by the North Vancouver District Public Library.

Library staff have put together some great lists of books, audio books, and films related to the themes of the Culture Compass Treasure Hunts! If you participate in the library’s Adult Summer Reading Program, you will have yet more opportunities to expand your knowledge and win prizes!

Learn more and Register to participate

Thank you to our partners:

Vancouver's North Shore          North Vancouver District Public Library