This article originally appeared in wanderwithwonder.com.
Lower Lonsdale is a historic neighborhood in the heart of North Vancouver, British Columbia. This waterfront gem is known for its shipbuilding, indoor market, restaurants, shops, and fantastic views of the Vancouver skyline.
Vancouver’s North Shore invited me to experience this unique neighborhood and its holiday traditions. What I discovered is that Lower Lonsdale is the perfect place to have a merry ole time.
Stay in a Boutique Waterfront Hotel
Perfectly situated to take in the sights and sounds of the holiday season, the Lonsdale Quay Hotel is on a prime spot on the top floor inside the Lonsdale Quay Market. While staying at the hotel, guests have effortless access to shopping and dining at over 80 shops and restaurants.
This boutique hotel hosted me in a tasteful executive room with a queen bed, a sitting area, and a balcony with a partial view of the harbor, downtown Vancouver, and North Vancouver. The spacious room had many comforts, such as a small desk, Keurig coffee maker, and luxurious bedding.
Set along the harbor, the 70-room Lonsdale Quay Hotel features a variety of rooms such as standard, executive, waterfront 180º, and the Carrie Cates suite. Many rooms have partial or full water views, including some with a Vancouver and North Vancouver skylines.
Being along the waterfront, I exercised plenty on the nearby trails, but if you prefer an indoor location, guests have access to the fitness room. In the morning, you can make your way to one of the bakeries in the market, or opt to dine at Mix Breakfast Lounge. I ate in the lounge and watched the activity on the water from my table.
Shop and Dine at the Lonsdale Quay Market
Created as a carnival-style marketplace for the 1986 World Exposition, the Lonsdale Quay Market is a unique retail experience with boutique shops, toy stores, local and international artisans, a food court, restaurants, and breweries. If you are looking for that perfect gift, this is the place to walk and wander.
I strolled through the market several times during my visit, checking out its wine shop, artisan gifts, and many food vendors. There is so much to see that wandering through the market several times during your visit is the way to go.
To find out more about the area, visit Vancouver’s North Shore.