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680 Seylynn Crescent, North Vancouver, BC


Rendering of Compass
Building Information
Developer Denna Homes
Architect DA Architects
Management Company AWM Alliance
Number of Units 247
Number of Floors 28
Year Built 2018
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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600 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality North Vancouver
Zoning CD-67
Title of Land Condominium



Compass is the second tower of the the three tower Seylynn Village complex. The first tower, Beacon, has already been completed and is now occupied. Compass is the second phase of the complex and will reach 28 stories towering over the valley floor of North Vancouver. A third tower, Apex, will complete the trio in 2017.

The virgin forests of Douglas Fir in North Vancouver were highly sought after. Tall sailing ships from around the world came to the North Shore for timber products. Sewell Prescott Moody was one of the first industrialists in North Vancouver. His sawmill, the Moodyville Mill, was powered by water and worked for many years from 1865. The mill burnt down in 1873, but was quickly rebuilt. In 1901, Moody's mill closes and goes into receivership.

North Vancouver was described as the Clydesdale of Canada during the second World War as the ship building industry at the Wallace Ship Yards created 109 Liberty Ships (or Victory Ships) for the war effort. They were spartan ships designed to carry goods to besieged areas of Europe, particularly Great Britain. The thinking was that if one ship survived one journey, it was considered a success. As it turns out, many avoided the U-Boat attacks and made more than one voyage. After the war, they were sold as surplus, many of which went to Aristotle Onassis, who built up a freighter fleet of more than 70 vessels from several sources.

North Vancouver was a desirable place to live and visit largely due to its remarkable scenery. Ironically, that same scenery and topography caused the city to go broke a couple of times in its history. The rugged landscape caused bridges to wash out and roads to flood. It cost enormous sums to keep repairing them. At one point, North Vancouver sold off a few tracts of land in the Western region and so was created, the city of West Vancouver.[1]

Today, North Vancouver is a thriving community filled with services and activities envied by other areas.


An unobstructed view of the Burrard Inlet
Compass is ideally located on the north shore at the foot of the Iron-Workers Memorial Bridge spanning the Burrard Inlet, part of the Trans-Canada Highway system. This gives residents quick access to the downtown area of Vancouver. As well, in the other directions, residents may like to into the mountains for hiking or biking on the numerous trails available. Traveling away from downtown, the highway joins with the Sea to Sky Highway and gives residents easy access to Squamish and Whistler, two exciting outdoor adventure and skiing locations.

Local ski resorts include Mount Seymour, Grouse Mountain, and Cypress Mountain - all within minutes of Seylynn Village.

The community is surrounded by already well established stores and services, offering groceries at the Canadian Superstore or at the nearby Park and Tilford mall, minutes away. Numerous restaurants and services are also in the area.[2]


An artist's rendering of the three Seylynn Village Towers.
Denna Homes, the developer of Seylynn Village, worked with ITC Construction Group as the general contractor. ITC worked closely with Glotman-Simpson for their structural engineering needs. Interiors were designed by the Insight Design Group. For energy analysis and system design, the Integral Group was brought in for their reputation for "deep-green" engineering and sustainable design.

On the West Coast of British Columbia, developers and designers do not often include air conditioning as the climate in this area is quite mild - summer and winter. However, all the towers comprising Seylynn Village will have air conditioning installed and controlled individually through within each suite. Great care and attention has been given to ensuring all suites have the best views possible. The buildings have been oriented in such a way as to maximize views from all levels. Balconies have glass panels to further allow unobstructed views.[3]

Quality finishes are built into all the suites and townhomes. Granite and wood are used extensively. But despite the attention to detail and high-quality finishing touches, homes range in price from only $326,900 for a one bedroom to $1,149,900 for a sub-penthouse. This is much less than a downtown location and only 15 minutes away.

One of the chief concerns by other residents in the neighbourhood was the potential increase in traffic which can be felt during peak times. However, developers have consulted closely with city planners to create a development package that will see the creation of a cul-de-sac on Keith Road which will ease the flow of traffic locally.

Layout and Features

Open concept floor layouts, wood finishes and granite styling are prevalent throughout all the suites. Configurations come in one bedroom units up to three bedroom s with den. Additionally, there are also nine town homes available.

Bathrooms are finished with large porcelain tiles, polished chrome fixtures, quartz counter tops, soaker tubs and "rain-style" shower heads. Recessed lighting in the kitchens reveal stainless steel major appliances and glass back splashes. The design scheme is completed by "soft-close" cabinetry and floating ceilings.[4]

Triple elevators reduce the amount of time waiting for residents. All residents at Seylynn Village will also have access to the Denna Club and its fitness facilities featuring state of the art cardio machines and a 25 meter lap pool.

An unobstructed view of the Burrard Inlet
One of the spacious design concepts featured here

Floor Plans

A variety of efficient and open concept plans are available in Compass. Here are a few samples:


Extensive amenities will be provided for residents of Seylynn Village. Here is a partial list and a link to a "fly-thru" video featuring the Denna Club.[5]

The 14,000 Square Foot Denna Club video link...

Some of the neighbourhood amenities
  • The Denna Club
    • Hot tub
    • Steam room
    • Dry sauna
    • Cardio equipment
    • Weights
    • Yoga and dance studio
    • 25 meter infinity pool
  • Neighbourhood amenities
    • Forested trails for hiking, biking, or walking in a pet-friendly environment
    • Three craft breweries
    • close to a transportation hub
    • Quick access to downtown or the mountains
    • Numerous parks
    • Minutes from the Seymour Ski Resort[6]


Compass Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Dog walking paths and bike trails are plentiful and nearby
  • Many units have been specified for rental occupancy
  • There are no age restrictions to ownership


Triple pane glass for insulation and sound-proofing
The following list are just some of the sustainability features that have been included in the construction of Compass:

1. Triple pane energy efficient glass.

2. Free charging stations for electric cars.

3. Common car service for residents.

4. A landscape garden on the roof. This reduces the heat island effect.

5. Most common areas feature motion activated lighting.

6. Landscaping in the surrounding area focuses on trees and plants native to the North Shore. This is in an effort to maintain the stability of the local ecosystem.

7. Individual suites are equipped with low energy consumption and low flow appliances.


Captain Charles Henry Cates (circa 1920s)
Chief Dan George on screen test with Clint Eastwood for a movie about the Lone Ranger which was never made. Chief Dan George appeared in many movies during his life.
  • Charles H. Cates and Sons Limited is one of the oldest and largest towage and lightering firms on Burrard Inlet. The firm was founded in 1919 by Captain Charles Henry Cates, who had been engaged in similar work along the British Columbia coast since 1886. Cates Park on the Dollarton Highway towards Deep Cove, was dedicated in 1950 in memory of Charles H Cates, founder of the Cates Towing Company, and was developed during the following decade.[7]

  • Here are some historical tidbits of development in the immediate area:
    • 1916 — The road to Deep Cove is built; later known as the Dollarton highway.
    • 1920 — The idea of damming the Second Narrows as a cheaper alternative to building a bridge is once again revived, and again not pursued.
    • 1925 — The Second Narrows Bridge is completed for railway and road traffic. (This was the first version of the bridge).
    • 1930s — The Great Depression. Squatters build shacks in many locations on Indian Arm where fresh water is accessible.
    • 1946 ― The provincial government again begins to sell the properties in the Woodhaven Subdivision for one dollar a foot frontage.
    • 1968 — The District of North Vancouver develops Cates Park.
    • 1981 — Chief Dan George (Chief Dan Sla-holt) of the Tsleil-Waututh tribe dies at age 82.


  1. North Vancouver - Wikipedia
  2. Surrounding Community Amenities and Services
  3. Seylynn Village Overview
  4. Design Features
  5. The 14,000 Square Foot Denna Club
  6. Seylynn Village - Compass
  7. Vancouver Archives

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