By Kathy Mak
When it comes to the Shipyards Night Market, the journey and the destination are both rewarding! Catch some of the best views of the city and the North Shore Mountains while cruising across the Burrard Inlet on the Seabus passenger ferry (between downtown Vancouver to Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver). In the early evening, you can peruse the speciality shops in Lonsdale Quay Market on route to the night market, which is conveniently located next door.
In contrast to other open-air night markets, the Shipyards Night Market is located on the waterfront with beautiful views of Vancouver’s skyline and setup at one of Canada’s Historic Places, the Burrard Dry Dock Company (Wallace Shipyards). You’ll be amused by the vibrant selection of amazing local food, drinks, music, arts, crafts and vendors, all the while watching the glow of the sunset fade over the city. Feast on fresh cuisine from over 20+ trucks/carts in the ‘food truck alley’, ranging from organic Bolivian coconut masala prawn tacos to Slavic rolls from Hungary. Quench your thirst with local craft beers in the outdoor Beer Garden. Boogie to the lively music of British Columbian bands playing on the main stage. What’s more, browse the market stalls for unique artisan products that are edible, wearable, hangable, or useable. Cap the evening off by admiring the lights of the city on your return trip by Seabus.
Location: Shipbuilders’ Square, next to the Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver
Open: Friday nights, 5-10 pm, May 1 to September 25
Seabus: $2.75 to $4 regular fare, one way, 12-minute ride