North Shore Culture Compass

  • 335 Lonsdale Avenue
  • CityScape Community Art Space
  • North Vancouver, BC V7M 2G3
  • Phone: 604.988.6844

The North Shore Culture Compass is an ongoing project to compile a hub of cultural assets within the North Shore Region, including the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, the District of West Vancouver, the Squamish Nation and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. This tool is intended for residents, tourists, planners, and the cultural sector, to help build audiences, drive tourism, fill gaps, and encourage partnerships to better highlight our rich cultural diversity.

Culture and experience shape belief systems, the direction of education, the media, tourism, community development, planning, and creative industries, which in turn influence people’s perceptions of places. It is essential to understand the factors that influence perceptions of places, paying particular attention to personal and community interpretations of culture. Cultural mapping, therefore, is used in both a literal and metaphorical sense, where it goes beyond strict cartography to include not only land, but also other cultural resources and information recorded by alternative techniques.