MONOVA is committed to creating interactive and engaging experiences with thought-provoking speakers and events that spark discussions and get to the heart of important issues.

At The Shipyards

Deckchair Cinema: PERSEPOLIS

Working with our neighbouring museum, The Polygon, MONOVA will be Community Sponsor for two of their Deckchair Cinema nights.

MONOVA will be providing pre-show entertainment and will have a tent set up on site.

About the film: “Based on Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel about her life in pre and post-revolutionary Iran and then in Europe. The film traces Satrapi’s growth from child to rebellious, punk-loving teenager in Iran.”

Location: Cates Deck, out front of the Polygon Gallery.
Thursday, July 7
Music begins and concession opens at 7:00pm
Film starts at 9:30pm
Tickets: By donation at the event
More information: The Polygon

At The Shipyards

Shipyard Pals

Free walking tours with our costumed, theatrical players. Enjoy the Shipyards and learn about its place in WWII history as a major ship building yard. Stories, songs and learning all rolled into to one.


Thursdays and Sundays
July 7 to September 4
11am and 1pm

Location: Meet at the foot of Lonsdale and Victory Ship Way.

Got a group? To book a free group walk, call 604-990-3700 (ext. 8008)



This 20 minute one-person show, Riding with Change, is ideal for groups of youth and adults who would enjoy a theatrical program.

Through this exciting and thoughtful show, explore MONOVA’s centrepiece installation, Streetcar #153. Hear from the riders, and learn about the pivotal role the streetcar played on the North Shore.

After the play, the actor-interpreter will engage in post-show dialogue and share some archival images. Duration: 30 mins (20 min performance with a 10 min post-show dialogue).

Available: Group Booking (minimum 10 people per group; age 10+)


Home Movies From North Vancouver

Experience a World War 2 war bond rally at The Shipyards, climb mountains with Neal Carter, take a ride on a North Vancouver street car, and learn how to digitize your home movies with Kendra Tubbs from the North Vancouver City Library.

This event is part of Culture Days



We invite you to take a moment to listen and experience the power of personal storytelling. Join in the laughter and open your heart to the sorrow, because we are learning that we are all in this together.

#NorthVanStories Living History video series is a part of Mayor Linda Buchanan’s Healthiest Small City Social Resiliency Collective.


Pulling With My Ancestors: Səl̓ílwətaɬ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh War Canoe Racing

A rare insight into the history and continued practice of canoe racing and its spiritual significance for the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.

Canoe culture has been a part of the Indigenous Coast Salish Peoples’ ways since time immemorial. Canoe racing is more than a sport – it’s a way of life. When you are on the water you are one with the ancestors, every stroke, every time you put your paddle in the water, it is a prayer, a connection to the ancestors.

This film was researched and curated by Young Canada Works intern Meghan Ormandy.

Coast Salish programming is generously supported by BMO Financial Group.


Recollections of Lynn Valley School

Part of the oral history program available at the Archives of North Vancouver, “Recollections of Lynn Valley School” is a Historypin project that uses online mapping and personal recollections to engage audiences in the power of storytelling.

The topics discussed and the memories shared reveal the impact the building has had on the lives and education of Lynn Valley residents.


Shipyard Pals Scavenger Hunt

Get outside and explore North Vancouver with our Shipyard Pals Scavenger Hunt!

Use the Geocaching Adventure Lab app on your smartphone to start exploring The Shipyards in North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale district. A great activity for youth and families.

Curious to learn more? All you need to do is download (click on logo below) the Geocaching Adventure Lab app on your smartphone and look for the “Shipyard Pals Scavenger Hunt” in the Lower Lonsdale area. Read More




MONOVA is proud to present the GeoCache Adventure of Shaketown, a digital spin on the BC Culture Days walking tour we’ve done in previous years.

This self-guided tour begins and ends at the Archives of North Vancouver (3203 Institute Road) and will take you past several historical buildings and sculptures with skill-testing questions at each location.

Curious to learn more? All you need to do is download (click on logo below) the Geocaching Adventure Lab app on your smartphone and look for the “Shaketown” in the Lynn Valley area.