The Shipyards on North Vancouver's Lonsdale waterfront to open next month

Jun 27 2019, 10:29 pm

The much-anticipated The Shipyards complex on the Lonsdale waterfront of North Vancouver is set to officially open on Saturday, July 20.

And in all likelihood, this will become a significant regional attraction, providing the City of North Vancouver’s Lonsdale city centre with a major economic boost.

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Construction crews are now completing the finishing touches on the mixed-use redevelopment on Lot 5 of the shipyards, just east of Lonsdale Quay and the Lonsdale SeaBus terminal, ahead of the grand opening.

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Construction progress on The Shipyards on June 1, 2019. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

The Shipyards Lonsdale North Vancouver

Construction progress on The Shipyards on June 1, 2019. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Designed by local architectural firm DIALOG, the contemporary industrial-inspired redevelopment activates a former industrial site on the waterfront, with 20,000 sq. ft. of outdoor public space, including a 12,000-sq-ft covered event space that doubles as an ice rink during the winter months.

This will be the largest outdoor ice rink in the region — larger than the Robson Square ice rink in downtown Vancouver.

Artistic rendering of summertime recreational uses at The Shipyards redevelopment. (Quay Property Management)

Artistic rendering of The Shipyard’s covered outdoor ice rink that will be operational during the winter months. (Quay Property Management)

These significant amenities are largely housed under the main structure, spanning a length of 300 ft and cavernous ceiling height of six storeys.

A portion of the roof is retractable, opening up to the covered area to an 8,000-sq-ft water spray park and public plaza.

Artistic rendering of The Shipyards redevelopment during the summer. (Quay Property Management)

Artistic rendering of The Shipyards redevelopment during the winter. (Quay Property Management)

“It will be open, you can feel the weather, and there will be incredible views of the waterfront and downtown,” Gary Mathieson, president of Quay Property Management, previously told Daily Hive.

“It will be a very active and animated space. The goal is to have something happening in the plaza almost every day of the year.”

The redevelopment will also be activated by about 85,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, with businesses such as: a two-level flagship JOEY Restaurant location with over 400 seats including a patio facing the water; Nook Italian restaurant; Larry’s vegetarian market; Parlour Ice Cream; Jamjar Canteen Lebanese restaurant; Main Street Honey Shoppe; Caffe Artigiano; Method Indoor Cycling; and Volcom.

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Artistic rendering of the flagship JOEY Shipyards restaurant at The Shipyards. (JOEY Restaurant Group)

Artistic rendering of The Shipyards redevelopment during the summer. (Quay Property Management)

Other major tenants include the Seaside Hotel — a 70-room boutique hotel operated by Executive Hotels & Resorts — and a satellite campus for Capilano University.

A third level space of the reconstructed machine shop building offers The Wallace — a bookable special event space with unobstructed views of the water and downtown Vancouver.

One underground level beneath the site hosts over 140 vehicle parking stalls.

The Shipyards Lonsdale North Vancouver

Construction progress on The Shipyards on June 1, 2019. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

The redevelopment is a partnership between Quay Property Management and the City of North Vancouver; the developer, which also owns and operates Lonsdale Quay, was selected by the municipal government to building the project on city-owned land.

The Shipyards Grand Opening

What: Free family-friendly event, with activities and entertainment for all ages, including:

  • A family zone with kid-focussed programming including: a performance by Bobs and Lolo, a craft station, interactive art, face painting and balloon twisting
  • A community procession lead by Mayor Buchanan and City Council along the Spirit Trail to Shipyard Commons
  • The official turning on of the new water park by Mayor Buchanan
  • A variety of live music, entertainment and dance performances
  • The popular ‘Fall for Local’ market with free admission
  • Special promotions from surrounding businesses including Welcome Parlour, Method Cycling, Joey’s Restaurant, NOOK and JamJar
  • A scavenger hunt and Shipyard Pals performance
  • Roving performers throughout The Shipyards
  • Harbour activities including the Seaspan tug boat ballet and Vancouver Fire Boat

When: Saturday, July 20, 2019

Time: 1 pm to 4 pm

Where: 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

Cost: Free

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