North Vancouver’s past and present meet up in Lower Lonsdale

At the Lower Lonsdale waterfront, you’ll find the historic shipyards, where busy tugboats live and a working shipbuilding operation is just east of the long public pier.

The surrounding Lower Lonsdale business district is North Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood.

It’s steeped in history and bursting with shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs, boutiques, speciality food shops, galleries and other businesses of every description that truly capture the unique spirit of the North Shore. The area extends four blocks up Lonsdale Avenue and a block or two east and west.

Park your car and put on your walking shoes to explore the district. This multicultural area boasts a wealth of specialty food and retail shops, pubs and places to enjoy yourself. You have your choice of numerous salons and spas to pamper yourself. Need a lawyer, accountant or consultant? How about a doctor or dentist?  Lots of them too.

For those interested in the arts

In the fall of 2017, the acclaimed Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver opened a stunning new facility in heart of the revitalized Lower Lonsdale area, THE POLYGON GALLERY. The Gallery continues to exhibit and disseminate photography and media art, from acclaimed Vancouver photographers Fred Hertzog and Stan Douglas to world-renowned artists Ansel Adams and Andy Warhol. Creating a beautiful and welcoming waterfront landmark at the gateway to North Vancouver, this facility attracts local residents and visitors to the Lower Lonsdale area.

The North Vancouver Museum and Archives is also under construction across from Lonsdale Quay Market and The Polygon Gallery. 16,000 sq ft of museum space there will tell North Vancouver’s extraordinary story in new and engaging ways. A place for connection and discovery in the heart of the North Shore.

Lonsdale Quay Market

The Lonsdale Quay Market has more than 80 unique shops and services selling everything from fresh West Coast seafood to handmade chocolates. It’s also the place where you’ll find the SeaBus passenger ferry to Vancouver and the North Shore’s bus terminal. Maybe walk along the pathway to the west – you’ll find the kid-friendly Waterfront Park.

The Pier & Shipyards

The Pier is a breathtaking venue located on the City’s historic Versatile Shipyards site. Anchored by the 700-foot long Burrard Dry Dock Pier and smaller floating St. Roch Dock, the Pier offers spectacular 360-degree views of the North Shore mountains and the Vancouver skylines. Bring your take-out food for an on-the-Pier picnic.

Annual Festivals, Parades and Attractions

Come and enjoy our waterfront parks, these local attractions and much more!

The Shipyards - Lower Lonsdale
  • Friday Night Markets & Food Trucks
  • Summer Saturday Entertainment at Shipbuilder’s Square
  • Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market at Lonsdale Quay
  • The public pier into Burrard Inlet
  • The historic Shipyard
  • Fabulous views of the Vancouver skyline and North Shore Mountains
  • Lonsdale Quay Market
  • The transit terminals for the SeaBus and busses to locations across the North Shore, including to Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, Grouse Mountain Resort and Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • The Waterfront Park with playground
  • Central access to the Spirit Trail walking and cycling
  • Polygon Gallery
  • North Vancouver Museum (coming in 2019)

Board of Directors

Jonathan Bevanpresident

hagar's liquor store and 1st cannabis

Yavanna Arnoldvice-president


Teri Hinestreasurer

view optometry

Mithra Sawyersecretary

mo's general store

Andrew Klaverpast-president

shipyards coffee

Ryan Dennisboard member

larry's market

Carol Robinsonboard member

harbour west consulting and clear talent people solutions

Faye Bednarczykboard member

the polygon gallery

Pat Kellyboard member

if communications

Elizabeth Mahboard member

paperclip law

Melanie McCreadyboard member

bowen island pizza

Miranda Widgery-Webberboard member

perform art studios

Misha Wilsonboard member

quay property management

Greg Holmesexecutive director