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Part of the ongoing Vancouver Then and Now Series

The North Shore

September 20, 2014

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North Vancouver's first days.

North and West Vancouver

The enormous old growth forests on the North Shore first attracted European settlement to the area. Sawmills built at Moodyville, at the foot of today's Lonsdale Avenue, were the first European settlements on Burrard Inlet. Over the next century the North Shore's difficult geography—steep mountains and numerous watersheds—made developing the area and connecting it with the rest of Vancouver expensive. The district of North Vancouver went bankrupt several times in the 20th Century and one such bankruptcy led to the partition of the municipality into the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, and West Vancouver.

Before bridges connected the North Shore to the heart of Vancouver people relied on ferries to cross the Burrard Inlet. Here cars are lined up waiting for the ferry from Lonsdale.

Another shot of the ferry lineup.

Hamilton Bank in North Vancouver's early days.

Two girls play on Ambleside beach. The reference point is the house at the extreme left.

A girl enjoys a view of the Coast Mountains from Ambleside Pier.

Looking up towards the Coast mountains from the foot of 17th Avenue. Houses have since crept up the side of the mountain.

Docking a ferry at the Ambleside pier. The reference point is the stand of trees in the back. They've grown!


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