Lower Lonsdale continues to be an exciting hub of activity as the City works to build a sustainable community for all those living and working in what will be one of Greater Vancouver's best neighbourhoods. Lower Lonsdale is part of the original North Vancouver town site, bordered on the north by Keith Road and on the south by the waters of the Burrard Inlet. It is the only part of North Vancouver that has very easy access to Downtown because of the Seabus (ferries that go back and forth between the heart of Downtown and North Vancouver all day).
The City is working to meet residential and commercial demands in the area. Phase 2 of the Pinnacle development Lonsdale North Vancouver BC south of East Esplanade is near completion, including significant new areas for the public.
While a few “character” homes remain, the vast majority have been replaced by apartments and townhouse developments. Some of the newer construction offers fantastic views of Burrard Inlet and Downtown Vancouver. In 1997, City Council approved a development plan for a portion of Lower Lonsdale known as the Lower Lonsdale Planning Study Area (LLPSA). The LLPSA development plan addressed site assembly, building heights, site planning, open spaces, pedestrian linkages, traffic and amenities, as well as enhanced streetscapes, view corridors, and attractive skylines. These considerations are now a significant component of the City of North Vancouver's Official Community Plan, and have shaped the recent developments in the area.
Lower Lonsdale now consists mainly of multi-family or commercial/retail properties. It is full of apartments and thus houses many of the young people of the City of North Vancouver. Its real estate offers both some of the most reasonable prices on the North Shore and some of the most expensive, particularly for new apartments.
Lower Lonsdale continues to add exciting new inventory of residential and commercial developments, as well as shops, restaurants, galleries and museums. Amenities such as the John Braithwaite Community Centre, the City's first multi-purpose facility offering more than 35,000 sq. ft. or social, recreation and general community use space, and public open space such as Jack Loucks Court, have made Lower Lonsdale one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in the Greater Vancouver area in which to live and work. Lonsdale is served by two community schools, Ridgeway Elementary, Queen Mary Elementary, Carson Graham Secondary and Sutherland Secondary School.
The Lower Lonsdale Business Association works to represent the interests of the Lower Lonsdale business community by fostering a positive business environment for the benefit of the community at large. The purposes of the Association are to promote business growth and development, community spirit and good business citizenship, public understanding of community planning, and to actively participate in it, the business interests of the merchants of North Vancouver, and the educational, charitable, athletic and community endeavors of North Vancouver.
Relax and enjoy Vancouver's best view from the North Shore's waterfront market & shops! With over 80 specialty shops and services, Lonsdale Quay Market and Shops is the premier destination at the gateway to the North Shore. Featuring a fresh food market with local products, an international food court, specialty shops featuring local designers, kid’s shops & play area, restaurants & a boutique hotel and spa, your visit at the market is sure to be an unforgettable experience!