North Vancouver, British Columbia
Lonsdale is not just a street; it is a place to be. Lonsdale Avenue is a street like no other in Canada. With stunning mountain and ocean views, Lonsdale dramatically descends towards the Burrard Inlet, offering residents, workers and visitors the unique experience of an urban landscape surrounded by nature. Lonsdale is the urban core of the City, well-loved for its tree-lined sidewalks, multi-culturalism, greenspace, accessible transit and thriving business community. Multiple recreational and cultural facilities flank the bustling street. Lonsdale is home to major festivals and seasonal celebrations yet offers quiet corners for people to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views of Vancouver and the sea. With retail shops and offices keeping it busy by day, and countless places to eat and drink by night, Lonsdale is a vibrant year round destination. It is the pulse of the City, the heart of our community.
What do you see in this space? How do people in the community enjoy it? :
- Lonsdale boasts a large park and multi-use trails, all within walking distance from the majority of the City’s jobs and homes
- Lonsdale is the epicentre of the City’s low-carbon planning achievements (Second only to the City of Vancouver, North Vancouver City has the second lowest GHG emissions per capita and the second lowest commute distances by foot and bike of any of the region’s 22 local government)
- At the foot of Lonsdale, along the water’s edge, the City’s deep history of shipbuilding and industrial heritage shines through
- The Shipyards are being transformed into a popular community gathering space and an event venue filled with music, community celebrations, festivals and markets. It has become a major City landmark, regional attraction and year-round destination.
- Art + Culture:
– The Street is lined with public art, including Wang Shugang’s “The Meeting”, the thought-provoking “Walking Figures”, and the whimsical “Lost Cows of Lillooet,” the miniature herd which playfully trickles down the street while forming part of an innovative and beautiful stormwater management system.
– Lonsdale is also home to the North Vancouver Community Arts Council, and boutiques and shops that celebrate local design and craftsmanship.
– Lonsdale is highly multicultural, offering many Persian restaurants and markets… a culture that has deep roots in the City of North Vancouver.
- Gathering: Lonsdale is the entertainment hub of the City, including:
– Centennial Theatre
– A vibrant Civic Plaza connecting City Hall with our award-winning library
– The Shipyards – a major City landmark with a unique outdoor waterfront stage
– The Street is highly accessible by frequent transit network and SeaBus.
– Lonsdale is a green street, planned with walkability, innovation and urban forestry in mind
Events and Festivals:
- CityFEST – the largest youth festival and skateboarding competition in the region – May 7, 2016
- FunCity Festival – a huge annual street party including a 1200 foot long waterslide – August 13-14, 2016
- Friday Night Markets at The Shipyards – live music, food trucks, and 100’s of vendors – every Friday from May to September
- Remembrance Day Memorial – November 11, 2016
- Canada Day Parade – July 1, 2016
- Caribbean Day Parade – July 23, 2016
Economic and Retail Activities:
- Retail shops keep the street busy by day
- At night, there are countless places to eat and drink
- Lonsdale is highly multicultural, offering many Persian restaurants and markets – a culture that has deep roots in the City of North Vancouver
- Lonsdale is also home to several major head offices, including BlueShore Financial and Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
Historic or Heritage Features:
- Shipbuilders’ Square commemorates the thousands of men and women who worked in the shipyard from 1906 -1992
- Over 450 ships were launched from this site during the many years of operation, including merchant marine vessels and Victory Ships
- The Shipyards has now been transformed into a popular community gathering space and event venue filled with music, community celebrations, festivals and markets. It has become a major City landmark, regional attraction and year-round destination
Memorable or unique characteristic(s):
- Breathtaking views of the North Shore mountains and Burrard Inlet
- Urban landscape surrounded by nature and multi-use paths
- Endless recreational opportunities
- Diverse business core
- Walkable community
- Annual community events and celebrations
- Vibrant public art
- The Foot of Lonsdale will soon be home to an innovative water park which will transform into a skating rink in the winter and be surrounded by a covered public space. The structure will utilize components from the machine shop which stood in that very footprint 100 years ago, contrasting Lonsdale’s heritage roots with contemporary design
- Lonsdale Street will also welcome a new home for the Presentation House Gallery, one of Canada’s most respected and adventurous art spaces
- Lonsdale Avenue is a Regional City Centre, as identified in Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy. Redevelopment is its mainstay; we are absorbing about 3% of population growth per year
Submitted By: Emilie K. Adin