The Ferry Building Gallery is closed until further notice.
Ferry Building Restoration
The federal and provincial governments are investing in restoring the 107-year-old Ferry Building, a cherished landmark that now operates as a public art gallery near the waterfront in Ambleside.
The restoration, which is scheduled to begin fall 2020 and be completed in spring 2022, will include the relocation of the building slightly to the east of its current location, to higher ground, in order to protect it from rising flood levels due to impacts of climate change. Seismic and envelope upgrades, constructing washrooms, and installing a ramp to make the building more accessible are also part of the project. Read more.
The Ferry Building Gallery is at the center of the Ambleside Landing area and serves as a hub for arts and culture in West Vancouver. Located in one of West Vancouver’s oldest buildings, the gallery presents up to 18 exhibitions annually to more than 500 visitors each week.
The Ferry Building Gallery is a public community gallery operated by the District of West Vancouver. To support annual programs and services, the gallery also earns commissions on art sales, is sponsored by local organizations and merchants and receives donations from generous patrons.
We want to acknowledge that the Ferry Building Gallery is on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Musqueam Nation. We recognize and respect them as nations in this territory, as well as their historic connection to the lands and waters around us since time immemorial.
The Ferry Building Gallery enlivens, enriches, engages, informs and educates our community by presenting a diverse array of stimulating and high-quality exhibitions and displays.
The mandate of the gallery is to support the development of emerging and established artists from the North Shore, the Sea-to-Sky Corridor and the Sunshine Coast. By organizing art lectures, tours and programs reflecting the cultural diversity of the North Shore, the gallery provides valuable, enriching artist-led experiences to the community.
The Ferry Building has been at the centre of life in West Vancouver for more than 100 years. From its beginning as a bustling ferry terminal to its present use as an art gallery, this heritage building has always been important to our community.
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