Be Amused by the Shipyards Night Market - West Coast Food

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

Cost: FREE

Seabus: $2.75 to $4 regular fare, one way, 12-minute ride

Dine around the world with cuisine from countries such as India, Thailand, Bolivia, Mexico, and El Salvador
Fresh tacos with an array of ingredients, from various vendors, are one of the top food picks of the Shipyards Night Market.
Find fresh fusion flavours from the food trucks. Who wouldn’t love Coconut Masala with local bison?
A Slavic roll is a traditional eastern European dessert made from sweet yeast dough rolled in cinnamon and sugar before being baked in a rotisserie oven and filled with your choice of fillings.
Live music from a popular British Columbian band entertains the crowds throughout the night.
Market stalls can be found both on the outdoor deck and indoors.
Sew Sandy Sew is one of many local artisans from the North Shore showcasing their handmade products. From tea cozies, soaps, jewellery to clothing, you can find just about anything in the market stalls.
Around the market, several restaurant and pubs have outdoor patios with panoramic views of Vancouver.
One of Canada’s Historic Places – Burrard Dry Dock Company (Wallace Shipyards) was Western Canada’s biggest Shipyard with important historical significance in the growth of the west coast. Over 450 ships were built here. Shipbuilder’s Square honours the workers of the shipyards from 1906 – 1992.

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