Originating as a carnival-style marketplace which opened for Expo '86 Vancouver, Lonsdale Quay Market has developed into a diverse, multi-use community anchor in the Lower Lonsdale area. The vision of Lonsdale Quay Market is to provide a truly unique retail market experience, while being an active partner within the community, and a destination gathering place on the North Shore.
Twenty-six years after opening its doors on April 12, 1986, Lonsdale Quay Market celebrates the rich diversity boasted by the North Shore waterfront since the first settlers arrived here during the 1860's.
Drawn by the majestic Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar trees, early residents of the North Shore developed its first town site in the area now known as Lower Lonsdale. Rapid growth throughout the late 19th century precipitated first the incorporation of the District of North Vancouver in 1891, which stretched from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove. The separation of the City of North Vancouver in 1907 was a result of industrial growth and economic development in the Lower Lonsdale area.
Eighty years later, the North Shore community was introduced to Lonsdale Quay Market, an eclectic collection of vendors, artists and crafters. As the area continues to undergo transition from its industry-based roots to a new urban identity Lonsdale Quay Market upholds the sense of pioneer-inspired adventure that epitomizes living on Vancouver's North Shore.