Street view from Capilano Road looking southwest.
Street view from Capilano Road looking southwest. Credit: District of North Vancouver

The western gateway to North Vancouver — currently dotted with aging hotels and low rise commercial buildings — is getting a major makeover.

The District of North Vancouver has an ambitious plan to transform the area around Capilano Road and Marine Drive into a mixed-use, high-density neighbourhood called Lions Gate Village.

The district’s envisions the area as “a vibrant, pedestrian-oriented neighbourhood, with local-serving businesses, jobs, a community recreation centre, and a mix of housing options for residents at every stage of life.”

The area will have 2,000 units of housing when completely built out. The district’s plans have attracted significant interest from developers, and several projects are on the way.

Park West at Lions Gate

Park West at Lions Gate condo towers
Park West at Lions Gate condo towers. Credit: District of North Vancouver
Park West from Capilano Road
Bird’s eye view from Capilano Road looking northwest. Credit: District of North Vancouver
Park West looking south from Curling Road
Bird’s eye view from Curling Road looking south. Credit: District of North Vancouver
Lions Gate Village transit plaza
Gateway transit plaza at Capilano Road and Marine Drive. Credit: District of North Vancouver
Park West Lions gate pool rendering
Park West Lions gate pool rendering. Credit: District of North Vancouver
Lions Gate Village transit plaza
Gateway transit plaza at Capilano Road and Marine Drive. Credit: District of North Vancouver

Pacific Gate Investments was one of the first developers to apply for a rezoning. The developer is proposing a two-tower market residential development on the site of the current Grouse Inn.

Park West at Lions Gate will contain 258 condominium units:

  • 96 one-bedroom
  • 138 two-bedroom
  • 24 three-bedroom
  • commercial space, including a small grocery store, restaurant, retail and daycare
  • approximately 485 stalls on two levels of underground parking

Lions Gate Towers

Larco site Lions Gate Village
Larco site looking south west from Fullerton Avenue. Credit: District of North Vancouver
Larco site rendering
Larco site looking northeast with the greenway trail on the left and the public plaza on the right. Credit: District of North Vancouver

Address: 2035 Fullerton Ave.
Developer: Larco

  • redevelopment in four phases over ten years
  • 451 market rental units
  • seven buildings with heights ranging from four to 18 storeys
  • an underground mini storage facility
  • a public community centre, park and plaza
  • 631 underground parking spaces

Comfort Inn / Best Western site

Best Western site North Vancouver
Best Western site, aerial view from northwest. Credit: District of North Vancouver
Best Western site North Vancouver
Best Western site, aerial view from east. Credit: District of North Vancouver

Address: 1634 and 1748 Capilano Road
Architect: Musson Cattell Mackay Partnership

  • 275 condominium units in 24-storey tower
  • 24 market rental units in three-storey¬†building
  • 170 hotel rooms in 10-storey building
  • parking for 525 vehicles

Travelodge site

Marvel Tower drawing.
Drawings of Marvel Tower on Travelodge site. Credit: District of North Vancouver

Address: 2050-2070 Marine Drive
Developer: Marvel Group

  • One 26-storey¬†residential tower
  • Adjacent townhomes
  • One low-rise residential building