The Shipyards District. This is a neighbourhood like no other. Centrally located on North Vancouver’s vibrant waterfront with unobstructed views of Vancouver’s stunning skyline to the south and the soaring North Shore Mountains to the north, The Shipyards District, one of this city’s oldest and fastest growing urban neighbourhoods, is rich with shipbuilding history and bursting with life.

We are the North Shore’s downtown – close-knit, small-town yet urban, and always welcoming. This picturesque historic community once taken up by heavy industry is now flourishing with plenty of seaside restaurants, cafes, pubs, indie shops and modern services. This neighbourhood’s recent evolution has created a district full of people strolling the streets, parks, boardwalks, piers and wide-open public gathering spaces and enjoying a new alfresco dining culture and year-round fun.

This hot new waterfront community is just a 12-minute SeaBus cruise from downtown.

1. Eat, Drink & Be Merry

The scenic backdrop and expanded patio culture is deliciously paired with the emergence of ethically-minded globally-inspired restaurants featuring menus with locally grown and sourced ingredients. Upscale or casual, coffee or cocktails, West Coast or international, eat-in or take-out, it’s here.

Food and Drinks in North Vancouver

2. See a Waterfront Festival

There’s no shortage of year-round festivals and events, big and small, in The Shipyards District that show off the area’s outstanding waterfront public spaces, and distinct community-oriented welcoming vibe. Did we mention that most of the programming in the neighbourhood is free!

3. Shop The Best Indie Hot Spots

A modern hub of independent shops and boutiques run by North Shore creatives means you’ll find everything you want and need but most certainly, that envy-worthy locally-made souvenir to take home.

Boutique Shopping in Lower Lonsdale

4. Get Fit

This is a health-conscious wellness-focused community so you’ll find loads of fitness classes, workout studios and spin gyms. From ballet to jiu jitsu we’ve got it covered.

5. Navigate Your Own Public Art And History Tour

A neighbourhood stroll is a lesson in history thanks to beautifully restored heritage buildings and original one-of-a-kind public works of art animating the streetscapes. Be sure to pop inside the striking new Polygon Gallery to encounter contemporary visual art in a one-of-a-kind space.

Art and Sculpture in Lower Lonsdale
A colourful alley in Lower Lonsdale.