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Foot of Lonsdale

The Foot of Lonsdale is undergoing major changes!

Changes are underway on the Foot of Lonsdale to make way for a new public open space as well as the Polygon Gallery’s new facility.


Most recently, the City received a $400,000 donation from the Richardson Foundation to deliver a unique water feature at the Foot of Lonsdale. The new water area will be 3,700 square feet and include interactive play features such as bubblers and rippling water as well as large natural boulders for seating and play. Learn more here.

Watch The Site Develop Here



Sub-Surface Upgrades

The sub-surface construction is now complete. The subsurface work removed the existing deck structure that comprised the eastern portion of the site as well as the Cates Shed. Upgrades were completed across the entire site with a seismic wall defining a new shoreline edge as well as site remediation. The sub-surface work prepared the site to allow for the development of the public open space and Polygon Gallery.

Public Open Space & Polygon Gallery

The City of North Vancouver and Polygon Gallery are working together to create an animated and lively space at the Foot of Lonsdale. The key features that will be integrated into the Foot of Lonsdale are as follows:

  • Creation of an inviting public open space directly at the Foot of Lonsdale;
  • Integration of the Polygon Gallery with ground level retail opportunities to animate the site and build economic vitality within the Central Waterfront Area;
  • Integration of the Spirit Trail as a defining feature through the site;
  • Integration of outdoor dining area for the Coppersmith Shop (Tap & Barrel Restaurant);
  • Integration of the Cates Deck area as public gathering area;
  • Pedestrian and vehicular improvements to Carrie Cates Court and Lonsdale.

Construction of the open space will occur in two phases. The first phase is complete, with and the waterfront walkway and megabench now open. The second phase, including the Spirit Trail, Cates Deck and water feature will be constructed in coordination with Polygon Gallery construction, anticipated to be completed in early 2018. View the Polygon Gallery website.


 Mega Bench Now Open

Pedestrian and Cyclist Improvements

As the Foot of Lonsdale is built out over the next year, pedestrian and cyclist improvements will be integrated throughout the site.

The south side of Carrie Cates Court will be opened to pedestrians, with an improved and widened street frontage, and the Spirit Trail will be connected across Carrie Cates Court and down the west side of Foot of Lonsdale, then following along the waterfront through to The Shipyards (see attached image). As Lot 5 (the vacant site in The Shipyards) is developed, pedestrian and cyclist improvements along the waterfront will also be integrated to complete the Spirit Trail from Foot of Lonsdale through to the existing Spirit Trail section at St. Georges and Esplanade.


Contact Info

Barbara Pearce
Director, Strategic Initiatives & Services
Tel: 604-982-3962

Heather Reinhold
Deputy Director, Strategic Initiatives & Services
Tel: 604.982.3909

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