Lonsdale Quay


Escape Vancouver Completely (by way of North Vancouver) Without Touching a Car
Part 2 of 5 – Seabus to Lonsdale Quay

It is incredibly easy to reach the North Shore, specifically North Vancouver, by transit. It was a three-block walk from the Vancouver Art Gallery (part 1 of this series) to Burrard Station. From there, you can buy your tickets from machines to get onto the Skytrain. You need two zone fare for the North Shore. Start at Burrard Station and go to Waterfront Station on the Expo Line. You then follow the signs and walk to the Seabus. It crosses Vancouver Harbour and releases you at Lonsdale Quay.

This former shipyard has been morphing in the past few years. The first sign of re-purposing the area was the ICBC (Insurance Corporation of British Columbia) head office that has been at Lonsdale Quay since 1980. This building is starting to be hemmed in by other developments.

This must be a happy thing for the retail outlets in Lonsdale Quay.

We took a moment to check into our hotel (more on that later) and come back to Lonsdale Quay for shopping. This was mostly window shopping. Lonsdale Quay has some interesting independent shops. There’s a toy shop, an interesting shop specializing in cool teapots, and – more to our purpose – a wine shop selling BC wines. We were able to pick up reasonably priced wines to enjoy later. A candy shop had some tasty treats. The food court is also independent, free from the name brand outlets.

For more information: lonsdalequay.com

Next up in our escape from Vancouver was dinner!

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