When you think of checking out great local and international works of art and expression, one of the best places to visit in North Vancouver is the Polygon Gallery in the Lower Lonsdale Shipyards District. Located right beside Lonsdale Quay and the new Shipyards development, the building has remarkable shapes and lines and sits prominently in the courtyard. The staggered arches on the rooftop are often photographed by content creators.
Out front of the gallery are some of the most ideal spots to capture Instagram photos and selfies, against the backdrop of the North Shore mountains and downtown Vancouver skyline. The sunset always happens behind the downtown core making it quite awesome here in ‘Lolo’ as we get to enjoy them daily.
The Polygon Gallery recently added a new tenant on the bottom floor of the building called Nemesis Coffee which also has a bakery called Dope Bakehouse, making in house pastries and delicacies that are delicious and high value. On top of being an art gallery it is also a private venue space often hosting galas and gatherings for the City of North Vancouver and North Van Chamber. Plus of course many weddings take place here. Read the PDF.
At the base of the building facing Tap and Barrel is a wonderful water feature that cascades across the ground for about 50 feet, and makes for a place to play with your kids and pets. There are large rocks out front you can sit on and plenty of places to secure your bicycle. Public parking is nearby too.
Enjoy the gift shop to purchase locally made artisanal and hand crafted goods that often you can only find at the Polygon Gallery. They are always changing over the items in the gift store to keep things fresh and engaging.
The art exhibits themselves are regularly rotated to reflect new and well known artists from around the region and across the globe. Coming up soon is an exhibit featuring the history of the Vancouver Canucks, as an example.
Come over from downtown Vancouver on the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay or drive to the area easily on Highway 1 or from Squamish and Whistler. The next time you travel through the area consider stopping at the gallery for the day with your kids, family or friends. You can walk around the boardwalk and enjoy the common spaces and outdoor artwork. There is tons of public seating and washrooms at the waterfront as well.