A Love of Lonsdale
April 5, 2018 / By Chris Oudean
It all started in 2004, when my wife and I began an 18 day road trip through Canada starting from our then longtime hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. On our last pit stop, we spent four days in Vancouver BC. Booking our room at a hotel atop a quaint looking market with decent pricing, we spent our days taking the ferry across to downtown Vancouver to wander around town, and our nights exploring the offerings of the marketplace. Lonsdale Quay was it’s name and in our brief time here, we fell in love with the place.
Lonsdale Quay was a small marketplace, but bustling with tantalizing sights and smells. The hotel was relatively new at the time, and was still renovating at the time of our stay in 2004. The rooms overlooked the docks nearby full of marine wildlife. We could see jellyfish mucking around the shore, great blue herons stiffly peering through the waters along the docks for a meal, and the occasional harbor seal playing hide and seek with the tourists cameras.
The front of the market has a grand view of downtown Vancover across the bay, and ferry access to cross over is a few minutes walk from the front door.
Peering inside, you can find fresh seafood, local wine selections, local made confections, greek food, chinese and japanese cuisine, and all american grub. There is, of course,a boba tea shop as well.
The Lonsdale Quay market feels like an outcropping of the larger Granville island market, located on the other side of Vancouver. In between sits this lovely town, full of so many sights and sounds. From the architecture to the many parks dotting the landscape, it's a very beautiful city. It's no wonder so many movie production companies have chosen it as a prime filming location.
Over the years we would return to this place for vacation, and most recently as a nearby getaway destination. It was definitely one of the reasons we decided to move from our recent home in Denver Colorado to our current residence in Bellingham Washington, a mere hours drive away.
At this time, the Lonsdale Quay Hotel is all grown up, with a more upscale feel and daily rates to boot. Despite this, many vendors from back in 2004 still remain to this day in the marketplace and gives me a sense of timelessness and peaceful introspection, as if the aging process of time has had very little effect here.
I would recommend anyone to stop by this quaint little slice of Vancouver and take in all it has to offer. I would only recommend you take it in slowly, breathing in the air, walking along the docks, and sampling the foods. If you're ever in the market to stay at the hotel above, its a guaranteed perfect starting place of a walking day tour of the city!
-From a fan who will be coming back many times in the foreseeable future, Chris.