The Shipyards

Over the past decade, Lower Lonsdale’s award winning waterfront has been transformed into a unique, interactive, year-round destination that includes over 85,000 square feet of commercial and community amenity space. The Shipyards features restaurants, cafes, shops and services, two boutique hotels, space for community events, concerts and markets, plus the region’s largest outdoor skating rink in the winter and a splash park in the summer.

The space hosts events year-round including the Fall for Local Markets, The Shipyards FestivalThe Shipyards Night MarketVancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week, and more!

Throughout the shoulder season, the Shipyard Commons will revert to an outdoor covered space suitable for events, gatherings, and public enjoyment.

Shipyards Commons is a public plaza in The Shipyards  in Lower Lonsdale. Home to a splash park in the summer, an ice skating plaza in the winter and the covered outdoor space hosts events throughout the year!

Shipyards Commons Skate Plaza

The Shipyards Commons Skate Plaza is a free outdoor skating rink open 1 pm-8 pm daily, weather permitting. It’s the largest outdoor ice skating rink in BC! The outdoor rink is set against the beautiful backdrop of the waterfront, Downtown Vancouver, and the North Shore mountains. There are free outdoor skate aids and helmets and if you don’t have your own skates a limited number of rentals are available.

Tip: As outdoor rink ice conditions fluctuate with the weather. Check with the City of North Vancouver before starting your journey. Closes March 28th

Will reopen the Skate Plaza likely the first week of December 2022 through to the last week of February (exact dates TBD).

Note: snowfall may require brief closures of the ice for snow clearing or a full closure of the ice – get the latest updates on Facebook or Twitter.

The Shipyard Commons outdoor skate plaza is the region’s largest outdoor skating rink. The rink is located on the waterfront at The Shipyards, and is set against the beautiful backdrop of downtown Vancouver and the North Shore mountains.

During seasonal operations, the skate plaza offers daily skating, as well as free helmets and skate aides. Those with their own skates skate for free.


  • Skate rentals (limited quantities) are available at a cost of $7 for adults, $5 for kids.
  • Debit and credit card payments are accepted.







Shipyards Commons Splash Park

The free Shipyards Commons Splash Park is the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer’s day. The splash park is completely free and is open in the summer season from the Victoria Day long weekend to Labour Day. Bring a picnic to enjoy at the picnic tables or grab lunch at one of the businesses nearby such as the Jam Jar, Seaside Provisions,  or pick up ice cream at Welcome Parlour.

Seasonal Hours of Operation

Open 7 days a week from 10am to 8pm until September 6 when we transition to a seasonal Skate Plaza.

Shipyards Commons
125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver BC
Phone: 604-982-8383







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