by Andrea Vance
The Shipyards District in Lower Lonsdale is the perfect weekend getaway – for couples, a girls trip, or family fun. We visited recently to find the hot spots for our readers.
WHERE TO STAY
The Seaside Hotel is the perfect spot to spend the night – or stay for a whole weekend. Luxurious and modern are great words to describe the newest hotel in this area. Combine your stay with an on-site spa visit, ski trip to the North Shore mountains, or an adventure to Capilano Suspension Bridge to add some extra fun. The rooms are large, beautifully decorated, and equipped with modern amenities like electronic controls, streaming TV services, and automated blinds. This hotel gives you the best location and access to everything in the Shipyards District.
WHERE TO EAT
Food choices are endless in this area. In the morning, we stopped at Shipyards Coffee for their award-winning Cortado coffee and a breakfast sandwich. During the day, there are food stalls of every type at the Lonsdale Quay so everyone can get what they’re craving.
At night, Joey Shipyards is right below the Seaside if you’re looking for high-energy fun, but lineups on the weekends can be long during the warmer seasons. We opted for the laid-back cozy feel of Tap & Barrel for dinner, where they had beautiful salads, a good kids menu, and plenty of beer and wine choices. Also close, Anatoli Souvlaki has been in this area for decades, and Burgoo offers comfort food that will fill you up.
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Definitely end your evening with an ice cream treat from Welcome Parlour, a North Vancouver staple for decades. Enjoy artisan ice cream, candy, floats, and hot chocolate with custom toppings.
WHERE TO PLAY
In the winter, the Shipyard Skating Plaza is the perfect place to play. The rink is open every day from 12pm-7pm until March 1. For the summer months, the area is transformed into a water play zone. Surrounding the plaza, you’ll find coffee shops, ice cream and chocolate shops, and restaurants too. In the summer, there is also a night market that is worth visiting for food, music, and some local shopping.
For some quiet contemplation time, consider a visit to The Polygon art gallery, found right next door, with a beautiful gift shop and exhibitions that rotate. The space is bright and modern, and admission is by donation. They welcome kids and it’s not a long visit.
The waterfront features a long promenade for strolling, and several piers to explore. The day we were there, the pier in front of the Seaside Hotel had a huge impressive tug boat moored to admire. Great photo ops were everywhere we looked, and no matter who you take with you to this great new area in North Vancouver, you’re sure to create some magical memories.