The Shipyards Commons is a Reality!

It has been almost 18 months since I posted about the new construction that was taking place at the Shipyards. Fast forward from February 2017 to July 2019, and the good news is that this Saturday, July 20th, the Grand Opening has been scheduled. 

Opening Ceremony & Water Park Splash

The Mayor and Council will lead a community procession (including my alumni of the Lower Lonsdale Business Association) from Lonsdale Quay at 2:30 pm along the Spirit Trail, ending at Shipyard Commons for the official opening of the water park. There will be a First Nations blessing and a welcome by Mayor Buchanan. Finally, the water park will be turned on, and everyone is welcome to jump in and splash!  

The Shipyards Commons

  While many of the new businesses are still under construction, others have been up and running for the last few weeks. Such is the case of Larry’s Market (a vegetarian grocer) and Welcome Parlour However, once the whole project is finished, we can expect:

  • 12,000 square foot outdoor public skating rink for use during the winter months, including a looped skating trail to complement the open rink area
  • 8,000 square foot water play area for use during the summer months
  •  A covering for weather protection over the entire open space, complete with a retractable portion
  •  Significant heritage elements such as the partial reconstruction of the historic ‘Machine Shop’ building as the covering structure over the ice and water play areas
  •  Underground parking for public use, with an estimated 140 stalls and bicycle parking

Who are the tenants of the Shipyard Commons?

Capilano University will be opening “CapU Lonsdale” for the Fall 2019 term, in an 11,000 square foot location on the second floor. CapU Lonsdale will be the home to the University’s relocated Continuing Studies & Executive Education program.

The Shipyards waterfront location of Caffe Artigiano will include access to an expansive patio, including lots of outdoor seating and a fire pit.

 Jamjar Canteen is a fast-casual Lebanese restaurant rooted from the inception of Jamjar —Folk Lebanese Food.

 Joey Shipyards is a 9,500 square foot flagship restaurant over two-storeys, with two spacious waterfront patios. Joey Shipyards will be the first North Shore location for this brand.

The 2,500 square foot location of Method Indoor Cycling on the second floor of The Shipyards, will feature floor to ceiling windows and a patio.

Nook is a rustic Italian restaurant that features handmade pasta and pizza. Nook is a staple for fresh Italian comfort food in the community. This will be Nook’s first North Shore location.

Seaside by Executive Hotels & Resorts is a high-end, boutique hotel with 72 rooms, ocean-facing spa suites, and refined lobby bar.

The Wallace is a beautiful, modern-industrial venue located on the third level of the reconstructed Machine Shop. Featuring a 2,300 square foot outdoor terrace, a capacity for 200 guests and an unobstructed view in the city.  

Reshaping the North Shore

As the Shipyard project comes to completion, Lower Lonsdale consolidates its place as the cultural and entertainment epicentre of the North Shore and is quickly becoming a destination for residents of the Lower Mainland and tourist alike. Its privileged location and quick access to public transportation (Seabus as well as bus routes), makes Lower Lonsdale a fabulous neighbourhood for people working downtown. If you are interested in buying a home in this popular area of the North Shore, contact me.