Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver is not only one of the most beautiful High Streets in Canada it also has a deep history dating back to the original residents which were the Squamish First Nations and other First Nations communities from around the region who traded and settled here seasonally.
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Oldest High Street – Lonsdale Avenue is one of the oldest high streets anywhere in the Lower Mainland and is the heart of North Vancouver.
3 Micro Climates – When Upper Lonsdale has snow, Central Lonsdale can have rain and moisture, and Lower Lonsdale can be sunny and warm.
Ferry to Downtown – Back around 1900 a car ferry brought people and vehicles over from North Van to downtown, prior to the Lions Gate Bridge.
Streetcar 153 – Used to bring foot passengers up and down Lonsdale Avenue starting in 1908, originally built in New Jersey. It was fully electric.
Lonsdale Rail Tunnel – At the base of Lonsdale Avenue there was an underground railway system used to move people and freight locally.
The Keg Steakhouse – The first Key Steakhouse originally existed where the Think Tank Training media school now stands, built of red bricks.
Antique Furniture – East of Lonsdale Avenue at the base there are many antique and heritage furniture restoration businesses and shops.
Brewery District – The newly opened Brewery District in Lower Lonsdale is attracting many craft beer businesses, coming soon is Shaketown Brewery.
Shipyards History – The waterfront in Lower Lonsdale was once a mecca for building warships and large cargo ships, now it is the home of Seaspan.
Burrard Dry Dock – For years this dock has been used by the Canadian Navy, regional trading ships and as a function of building and repairing warships.
Lonsdale Quay Seabus – The Seabus transfers up to 30,000 people per day between downtown Vancouver and North Vancouver, leaving every 15 min.
Squamish First Nations – The First Nations were the original peoples who inhabited North Vancouver and have a deep history throughout the area.
Culinary Mecca – Dating back many decades and into modern times Lonsdale Avenue has been a mecca for mom and pop restaurants and eateries.
Lower, Central, Upper – Lonsdale Avenue is split into 3 distinct sections, Upper Lonsdale, Central Lonsdale, and the Lower Lonsdale waterfront.
Electric Vehicle Charging – The Lonsdale corridor has dozens of electric vehicle charging stations and this will continue to grow over time.
Multiculturalism – Nowadays Lonsdale has a deep sense of multiculturalism, with many people from Iran, India, China, Europe, Asia, and other regions.
How did it get its name? – Lonsdale Avenue is named after Arthur Pemberton Heywood-Lonsdale who was a wealthy land owner here before settlers came.
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