The Shipyards: one of the best public spaces in British Columbia

The Shipyards: one of the best public spaces in British Columbia

This past weekend, the City of North Vancouver unveiled the final piece of The Shipyards, completing its vision for a world-class waterfront destination.

Thousands of people flocked to the Foot of Lonsdale to join the celebration and witness Mayor Linda Buchanan and developer Gary Mathieson turn on the tap to the new water play area and officially open Shipyard Commons.

“I believe together, we all have created the most outstanding waterfront in all of British Columbia,” said Mayor Buchanon. “Today the shipbuilding continues around us, just behind us, and to the west of us. But we’ve shifted the focus of our waterfront away from industry and on to people. Our council and the councils before us conceived of this place as a people-focused space that is welcoming and enjoyable to everyone all year long.”

With summer in full glory and a brand-new water play area to discover, there couldn’t have been a better day to see this project shine. People lined the benches of the plaza watching children play, strolled the corridors visiting new shops, spilled out to the plaza to explore vendors and entertainers, and soaked in the waterfront view.

This integrated project from DIALOG saw contributions from our architectural, structural and mechanical engineering, planning and urban design teams over the past three years. As the designers of many of Metro Vancouver’s best waterfronts, including Granville Island, it’s no surprise The Shipyards is already being touted as one of the best public spaces in British Columbia (source:, and is undoubtedly putting North Vancouver on the map.

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