The Lonsdale Quay area of Lower Lonsdale North Vancouver is within the Shipyards District and is itself a historical area of the community. Originally before the Lions Gate Bridge was built, the Lonsdale Quay hosted a ferry that brought vehicles back and forth from downtown Vancouver to the North Shore. Nowadays the area is the home of ICBC, the Lonsdale Quay Market, Simply Office, and other notable businesses.
With the complete transformation of The Shipyards at the North end of Burrard Dry Dock Pier, the Lonsdale Quay Seabus is seeing a huge amount of foot traffic taking trips back and forth daily. With up to 30,000 people a day coming and going from the area using the Seabus to get to and from work.
The Lonsdale Quay Market is a mecca for culinary experiences and doing local shopping for interesting and artisanal items. As well the Market is also home to the North Vancouver Tourism kiosk and has 3 stories of shopping for your needs as well as plenty of seating for having coffee, tea or eating. There is free underground parking for those people doing shopping in the Market or staying at the Lonsdale Quay Hotel.
Out front of the Lonsdale Quay Market on the South side of the building is a beautiful tile mosaic fountain with abstract art inside of it, and just adjacent to that is the Love Locks area of the waterfront boardwalk where people leave various types of locks attached to the wire mesh to honour their loved ones. This waterfront area is also home to year round events and outdoor music. Right beside here is the office for the Lower Lonsdale Business Improvement Association.
The Lonsdale Quay Market is operated by Quay Properties who are also the developers of the new Shipyards building where the recently opened outdoor public ice skating rink is located. Since opening in December 2019 the skating rink has been used by over 11,000 people which is great news for the local shops and businesses who benefit from the foot traffic.
Recently the University of British Columbia cited the Lonsdale Quay as the cultural and heritage centre of Lower Lonsdale North Vancouver as it has been an active part of the community transportation infrastructure for decades, well before the Market was opened.
Across the street from the Lonsdale Quay on the North side of the building is the new Promenade development with beautiful curved patio condos and retail commercial space that is going to be turned into the new Lower Lonsdale community museum. The Museum and Archives department of North Vancouver is currently building the new indoor facility which is slated to open later in 2020.
The newly opened Polygon Gallery is located to the East of Lonsdale Quay and is the home to amazing artists and events, as well as on the bottom floor Nemesis coffee just opened to compliment the already existing Shipyards Coffee at the base level of the Market.
Year round there is so much to do, see and experience in and around the Lonsdale Quay area of North Vancouver with indoor and outdoor markets, live music and community entertainment such as outdoor cycling in the summer. This area is renowned for having great spaces for taking Instagram photos of the waterfront, downtown Vancouver and always having amazing sunsets with beautiful shades of purple and orange taking over the sky.
If you are looking for something to do with your family or friends head on down to the Lonsdale Quay to experience the best of the North Shore and really enjoy a wide variety of things to do and see.
visit www.LonsdaleQuay.ca for more information on the area