About the North Shore Art Crawl

The North Shore Art Crawl is a free community arts event that celebrates the creative energy of our local artists and enables cultural vitality. The objective is to feature artists in approachable and accessible art venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity. We engage, inspire, and transform the North Shore through inclusive alliances among artists and the community.

North Shore Art Crawl
October 14 - 16, 2022
The 2022 North Shore Art Crawl is returning as an in-person weekend event, taking place October 14-16, 2022. Come enjoy this free weekend event and connect with the arts on the North Shore! In its twelfth year running, the North Shore Art Crawl partners with local galleries, community centres, businesses and art schools to invite the public to celebrate the talent of local artists by viewing their works and learning about their passions. This annual event is made memorable and unique by the wide range of media displayed by the artists, including textiles, jewellery, pottery, graphic design, sculpture, painting, glass and photography. This year over 150 artists will be exhibiting their work at 88 locations across the North Shore, from Lions Bay to Deep Cove.


Friday, October 14th, 7pm-9pm: Select venues will be open from 7pm-9pm for Friday night Opening Receptions. These locations are indicated by a star in the event guide (linked below and available in print at community hubs across the region, including North Van Arts’ main gallery and office space, CityScape Community ArtSpace at 335 Lonsdale Avenue).
Saturday, October 15th, 10am-5pm: Unless otherwise indicated, all venues will be open 10am-5pm.
Sunday, October 16th, 10am-5pm: Unless otherwise indicated, all venues will be open 10am-5pm.


Friday night Opening Receptions: Select venues will be open for the opportunity to get to know the artists and connect with other arts enthusiasts. Venues that are open on Friday night (7pm-9pm) are indicated by a yellow start in the event guide.

Demonstrations: Over the course of the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), some artists will be offering art demonstrations, giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about their craft. Artists that will be offering demonstrations are indicated by a green hand in the event guide. You can learn more about the planned demonstrations by visiting the Meet the Artists webpage, linked in the menu to your left.

Art Activities: Over the course of the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), some artists will be hosting art activities, offering visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the creative process! Artists that will be hosting arts activities are indicated by a blue hand in the event guide. You can learn more about the arts activities planned by visiting the Meet the Artists webpage.

Many of the Art Crawl locations are run by artists and small businesses. While locations are making efforts to become more accessible to all members of the community, full accessibility unfortunately cannot be guaranteed at any location. We are making an effort to include as many accessible locations in our event as possible, and to provide you with the information you need to enjoy the weekend. Locations with accessibility concerns, including loud noises, narrow spaces and stairs, are indicated by a red exclamation mark in the event guide. To learn more about the accessibility concern this exclamation mark is alerting you to, visit the artists’ webpage through the Meet the Artists sidebar on your left. Details regarding accessibility are included in the right side of the shaded box towards the top of the page, under ‘Location Details.’ Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with us directly with any questions or concerns. We can be reached by email at katherine@northvanarts.ca or by phone at 604-988-6844.
Getting Ready
With over 150 artists at 88 locations, spanning from Lions Bay to Deep Cove, it may feel overwhelming to know how to prepare to enjoy the North Shore Art Crawl! We have some tips and tricks for you to help you feel ready to get the most out of your 2022 North Shore Art Crawl experience!

Before the event:

  • Learn about the artists: Use the Meet the Artists menu option on the left side of your screen to learn more about the talented people participating in this years’ North Shore Art Crawl!
  • Look for accessibility details. Locations with accessibility concerns are indicated in the event guide with an exclamation mark, and further details are on the artists’ webpage in the Meet the Artists section of the website.
  • Make a list of your ‘must-see’ locations.
  • Decide which form of transportation works best for you. With Art Crawl traffic compounding regular weekend traffic, it may be difficult to find parking. We encourage visitors to walk, bike, or take public transportation while enjoying the Art Crawl. When determining your transportation, please consider leaving parking closest to Art Crawl locations open for those for whom accessible parking is a necessity.
  • Plan your route: use the reference map in the guide as a template and use Google Maps or another online navigational tool to plan your details. Each artist’s address on their Meet the Artists webpage is linked to their Google Maps location.
  • If you plan to visit multiple locations over the course of the day, make note in advance of where to stop for refreshments, access to a washroom, and other needs that may arise. Local businesses participating in the Art Crawl are the perfect space to stop for a drink or some food – we can guarantee there will be beautiful art to appreciate while you enjoy your refreshments!
  • Plan to bring your children, family, and friends, but please make arrangements to leave pets at home. Service animals are welcome.

The weekend of the event:

  • Wear comfortable shoes; you may end up doing a lot of walking!
  • Bring cash: you never know when you might fall in love with an artwork, and some artists only take cash payment. Other artists accept e-transfer as a form of payment, so it’s a good idea to refresh your memory on your online banking login information, if you have it set up.
  • Look for signage at participating locations so you know you’re in the right place!
  • Engage with, appreciate, and respect participating locations and artists! Remember that local businesses are kindly offering their spaces to artists and the community for this event; please respect patrons and workers when visiting these locations.
  • Always ask an artist before taking pictures of their work.
  • Always ask an artist’s permission before posting photos of their work on social media and ask if you can tag them! Artists who have social media accounts greatly appreciate the support of online attention. It is also always good to give credit and recognition to the artist, regardless of whether they have social media. Include the artist’s name or handle in the body of your social media post or as text in your story. It’s like putting someone’s name next to a quote: give credit where it’s due!
Getting around
We encourage you to find ways of getting around during the Art Crawl weekend alternative to driving, if you are able. Parking can be limited at Art Crawl locations, and we would like to leave the parking spaces close to the locations avilable for those who need accessible parking. Carpooling to one location and then walking, bussing or biking to nearby locations is a good option. Suggestions for helping you find your way around during the event weekend are below.

Bike-able and walk-able hubs

Google Maps limits the amount of destinations in a route. Maps are provided when available.

  • West Van Bike Route: Listings 5, 6, 7, 8 10, 11 and 12. Total approximately 33 minutes of biking and 16 artists/galleries. Click here for map.
  • Marine Drive Bike Route: Listings 13 – 31. Total about 20 minutes of biking and 32 artists/galleries.
  • Marine Drive Walk Route: Listings 17 – 23. Total about 20 minutes of walking and 19 artists. Click here for map.
  • Lonsdale Bike Route (Downhill if followed in order): Listings 75, 74, 63, 62, 61, 60, 59, 58, 54, 55, 53, 52, 51, 50. Total about 20 minutes of biking and 16 artists/galleries.
  • Lower Lonsdale Walk or Bike Route: Listings 32 – 49. Total about 15 minutes of biking or 20 minutes of walking and 26 artists.
  • Brewery District Tour – Walk or Bike Route: Listings 42, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49. Locations are within a 15 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride. Click here for walk map. Click here for bike map.
  • Deep Cove Bike Route: Listings 84 – 88. Total about 25 minutes of biking and 8 artists/galleries. Click here for map.
Public transportation information
  • The 250, 253 and 255 buses stops within walking distance of listings 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • The 255 stops within walking distance of listings 14 – 51
  • The 236 stops within walking distance of listings 67, 68, 69, 71 and 72. You can stay on this bus until Queens and Lonsdale to join the Lonsdale bus route below.
  • The 230 stops within walking distance of listings 58, 59, 54, 55, and 53 – 32.
Community information

As Covid-19 case numbers rise, we ask that visitors please take careful precautions to ensure that you are protecting yourself, the artists, and fellow visitors during the North Shore Art Crawl.

  • We strongly recommend that visitors wear masks. Artists have the right to make masks mandatory at their individual studio space. Please respect their decision and their safety.
  • Respect others’ space, and keep your distance, when possible, from the artists and from fellow visitors.
  • Please follow the guidance and measures of each location you are visiting, as they may vary.
  • Consider testing before attending the event if you have cause for concern (for example, if you have recently been in a crowded space or have travelled).
  • Stay at home if you feel ill. There is always next year!
Municipal election

The North Shore Art Crawl falls on the same weekend as the municipal election, which takes place Saturday, October 15. Here is some brief information to help ensure you have the opportunity to both support local arts and practice your right to vote, all in one weekend!

  • All polls are open from 8am to 8pm on Saturday, October 15.
  • West Vancouver has five advance voting days at Municipal Hall. You can learn more and view the eight election day voting locations here.
  • The District of North Vancouver has five advance voting days at District Hall and Parkgate Community Centre. You can learn more and view the twenty election day voting locations here (Lions Gate Community Recreation Centre is also an Art Crawl location, and other locations are conveniently close to Art Crawl venues!).
  • The City of North Vancouver has five advance voting days at City Hall. You can learn more and view the nine election day locations here (many of them are also close to Art Crawl hubs).
  • The City of Vancouver has five advance voting days throughout the city. You can learn more and view all voting locations here.


When is North Shore Art Crawl 2022?
The North Shore Art Crawl 2022 is taking place October 14 – 16, 2022. Select locations will be open from 7pm-9pm Friday, October 14th and all locations, unless otherwise indicated, will be open from 10am-5pm on Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th.
What does the North Shore Art Crawl look like?
During the Crawl weekend, North Shore artists open up their studios and galleries to the public, or station themselves in community hubs and local businesses, to invite the public to engage with their work, meet the creatives behind it, and develop connections with the North Shore community.
Do I need a ticket to attend?
Attending the North Shore Art Crawl is always free! This is not a ticketed event.
Where can I pick up a brochure?
Event guides are now available in community hubs across the North Shore. If you aren’t able to find one near you, you can come by North Van Arts’ office, CityScape Community ArtSpace, at 335 Lonsdale Avenue, where we will always have some to offer! You can also browse our event guide online, linked above.
How do I know where to go?
The event guide includes each artists’ address as part of their listing. These addresses are also included on each artists’ individual webpage, which you can find through the Meet the Artists webpages. The map in the event guide offers an overview of participating locations in the North Shore Art Crawl, but is not intended for navigational purposes.
What about COVID-19?
North Van Arts will closely monitor health updates, and will ensure that the event is responding to and following up-to-date health mandates and recommendations.
I am an artist participating in the North Shore Art Crawl. Where can I learn more?
Artists can find information about the Crawl and on the North Shore Art Crawl Participant Information page, linked in the menu on your left. Please note that registration to participate in the 2022 North Shore Art Crawl has now closed.
I have a local businesses/gallery/community space and am hosting artists for the North Shore Art Crawl. Where can I learn more?
Business owners and representatives can find details abut hosting artists on the North Shore Art Crawl Host Venue Information page, linked in the menu on your left.
Please note registration to participate as a host business in the 2022 North Shore Art Crawl has now closed.
For support or assistance with any further questions, please contact our Events Manager, Katherine, by email at katherine@northvanarts.ca or by phone at 604-988-6844.