Shipbuilders' Square is home to a community stage for concerts, plays, markets, and festivals, which take place regularly throughout the year.
It commemorates the thousands of men and women who worked in the shipyard from 1906 -1992. Over 450 ships were launched from this site during the many years of the historic shipyard operation including merchant marine vessels and Victory ships.
One of the most successful community events, runs from May through September every Friday evening. Visitors enjoy fresh food, locally made products, art and entertainment, a beer garden, and live music, showcasing talent from all over BC.
• Main floor: community space with exhibition area, gift shop, café (planned), floor-to-ceiling walls on three sides on concrete floor.
• Second floor: four gallery spaces with white oak floors, including an event gallery for rentals, plus a bookstore, catering kitchen, offices.
• Exterior cladding: industrial metal grating — the kind of non-slip walking surface found at marinas on gangways and docks — on mirror-polished stainless steel.
• Admission to second-floor exhibitions is by donation.
The duo formed by the Polygon Gallery and the North Vancouver Museum (which will be part of Promenade at the Quay, the new retail/residential complex currently built in Lonsdale and Esplanade) will transform Lower Lonsdale into the cultural heart of the North Shore.