Kings Mill Walk to The Shipyards

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Early on a sunny morning I walked a portion of the North Shore Spirit Trail along the waterfront from Kings Mill Walk park to The Shipyards. This trail system has been under development for many years and in 2018 they completed this section through the Squamish Nation land.

I started in the west at the Kings Mill Walk Park and enjoyed views of the City of Vancouver and Burrard Inlet in the early morning light.

The western end of Kings Mill Walk Park borders Mackay Creek and has a clear view of the Seaspan Shipyard. The Coastguard ship and buildings were reflecting beautifully in the still waters.

East of Kings Mill Walk, the trail is partly submerged below sea level to allow the boat lift to operate overhead. From some reading it appears to be Canada’s only submerged pedestrian and bike pathway. This area holds a particularly fond memory as it was the site of my fathers boat building business and I recall riding on the boat lift as a boy.

Emerging from the submerged section into the early morning light.

I must say that I was surprised at the number of house boats in the Squamish Nation’s Mosquito Creek Marina.

This collection of house boats with their cube shapes, colourful siding, and curved versus flat roofs makes an interesting composition.

I’ve always been drawn to metal clad boatsheds with their reflectiveness and shapes. The sailboat was an added bonus.

The Lions were clearly visible from the trail, and having the house boats in the foreground adds to the whole composition.

The SeaBus has been a mainstay of Burrard Inlet since 1977 providing passenger service between North Vancouver and downtown Vancouver. I found this vantage point overlooking the terminal with Vancouver behind and a SeaBus arriving.

At that vantage point was this curved building with a corresponding strong curved shadow.

As part of the redevelopment along the City of North Vancouver’s waterfront, Capilano University has built a campus for Continuing Learning and Executive Education at The Shipyards.

The Shipyard Commons building is a massive multi use community building. On this visit I found a different vantage point with the new growth and blue sky.

Looking through one section of the Shipyard Commons building towards the old Wallace Shipyards site, a remaining ship building crane, and other buildings.

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  1. It’s a scenic walk for sure, Chris. The air seems to have been very clear. Thanks for sharing.
    The Shipyards ‘revitalization’ seems more ‘devitalization.’

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