The Shipyards Destination Infrastructure Project

This project will provide upgraded water and electrical systems to allow for more sustainable events, festivals and activations. Upgraded electrical systems will provide power to food trucks and vendors, avoiding the use of generators to reduce ongoing noise and emissions.

Funding for this project has been provided to the City by the Province’s Community Economic Recovery Program to allow infrastructure upgrades to enhance The Shipyards as a year-round destination and improve its role as a community hub, a gathering place and a place of connection and celebration.

Project Phases 

The City’s contractor, ETRO Construction, is scheduled to begin work in the South Wallace Mews area on January 2, 2024. The work will take approximately three months to complete and is being scheduled in two phases:

  • Phase 1 is anticipated to begin on January 2, 2024 and is expected to take four to five weeks to complete. 
  • Phase 2 is expected to take four weeks to complete.


Map of construction site

Construction Impacts

The work involves excavating portions of Wallace Mews and Shipbuilders Square to install new subsurface electrical and water lines. Through the use of detours the contractor will maintain access for residents, emergency vehicles and business operations, including deliveries, at all times. During construction:

  • There will be a sustained increase in noise levels as a result of the work.
  • Construction will take place in accordance with local bylaws: 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • The Spirit Trail will detour cyclists to Esplanade during the project.

Project Sustainability and Benefits

The City of North Vancouver is committed to environmentally sustainable practices, and the project will re-use materials (soil and the pavers) that are removed to allow for the work. By using existing materials we are also able to reduce construction traffic to the Shipyards.

After the work is completed, the new electrical upgrades will allow the City to accommodate food trucks and vendors without the use of generators, reducing ongoing noise and emissions from this site well into the future.

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Shipyards Aerial View

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