Originally a festival-style marketplace that opened in 1986 for Expo ’86, a World’s Fair held in Vancouver, The Quay Market & Food Hall has since grown into a multi-use community anchor in Lower Lonsdale, and now features an eclectic collection of over 60 vendors, artists and crafters. 

Expo ’86 from the Gondola. Photo source: https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/not-yet-described-5

Fast forward to 2021, and Klondike Contracting was awarded the Lonsdale Quay Market revitalization project! The Lonsdale Quay Market is currently undergoing renovations that will improve the overall character, form and functionality of the existing building while maintaining the most fundamental elements of the original structure so as to not lose any of its historical character or significance.

For the exterior of the building, Klondike Contracting is performing a cosmetic overhaul, with the red steelwork removed to highlight the warehouse-style building. The interior floor space is being expanded, and the indoor market reconfigured to allow for a new food hall with its own licensed bar. In addition, a two-storey, 10,000 square foot restaurant is being built on the south side of the building, overlooking the Burrard inlet.

Through this significant transformation, we will stay true to the character and experience of The Quay, which the community has grown to love for over three decades. Our goals remain the same: to create a space for the whole community to gather together, offering something for everyone; and to provide a hub for small businesses to thrive. We will continue to meet this objective by maintaining accessible and inclusive spaces for entrepreneurs of all sizes and scales; through thoughtfully redesigned common areas; and with a revamped approach to events, cultural programming, and community engagement.

In partnership with the owner, the Lonsdale Quay Market Corporation, Klondike Contracting is honoured to embark on this new project at this historic waterfront location and will update you on the progress as soon as more details become available! In the meantime, enjoy these rendered images of the end goal for this project. 

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