North Van Historic Timeline



Point Atkinson is sighted by Spanish explorer Jose Maria Narvaez.


Captain George Vancouver enters Burrard Inlet; he was joined on this expedition by two Spanish ships, captained by Dionisio Galliano and Cayetano Valdez. The Spaniards were the first to explore Indian Arm, naming it the "Canal de Sasamat".


Howe Sound is surveyed by Captain Richards in the H.M.S. Plumper.


The first Catholic mass is celebrated on the Burrard Inlet at the Indian settlement of Ustlawn, on the North Shore.


T. W. Graham and George Scrimgeour secure a pre-emption of 150 acres, the first on the North Shore of the Burrard Inlet.


The Pioneer Mills, the first industrial lumber plant on the Burrard Inlet, opens in June; this event initiates an influx of residents to the North Shore. John Oscar Smith buys the Mill in a public auction, and renames it the Burrard Inlet Mills.


Sewell Prescott Moody purchases the Burrard Inlet Mills. Moodyville becomes established as the most progressive settlement on the Burrard Inlet. Religious services are conducted by the Reverend Ebenezer Robson at Moodyville.


"Navvy Jack" Thomas begins an unscheduled ferry service across the Burrard Inlet. A log Catholic chapel is raised at Ustlawn.


The "Sea Foam" begins regular ferry service between Brighton and Moodyville. A second mill is constructed at Moodyville.


The Moodyville Post Office is established.


Electricity is installed at Moodyville.


St. Paul's Church is built at Ustlawn.


The City of Vancouver is completely destroyed by fire.


The Burrard Inlet Bridge & Tunnel Company is formed, with the intention of providing direct access to the south shore of the inlet.


The District of North Vancouver is incorporated as a municipality. The North Vancouver Land & Improvement Company is established, with the principal shareholder being J. Mahon, of England; Mahon sends his brother Edward to North Vancouver to be the first president of the company.


A Municipal ferry dock is built at Moodyville.


The Spicer Shingle Company begins to take logs and shingle bolts out of Lynn Valley; two years later it is sold to the Hastings Shingle & Manufacturing Company, operated by the McNair Brothers and J. M. Fromme.


St. John the Evangelist Church, on West 13th Street, is dedicated.


The Moodyville Sawmill closes.


Peter Larson builds the Hotel North Vancouver on West Esplanade. The Post Office is tranferred from Moodyville to North Vancouver.


The North Vancouver Ferry & Power Co., under A. St. George Hammersley, is formed to provide adequate ferry service. A Municipal Hall, designed by architect C. O. Wickenden is built at the corner of 1st Street and Lonsdale Avenue. Land speculation begins to assume boom proportions.


The Express, the first local newspaper, commences printing. Arrangements are made with the B.C. Electric Railway Company to construct a street railway system. Alfred Wallace begins planning a shipyard and marine railway on his property on West Esplanade. The Wallace Shipyards later becomes affiliated with the Burrard Dry Dock Company.


The North Vancouver Land & Improvement Company begins clearing land for the construction of the Grand Boulevard; when the work is complete, the central boulevard is conveyed to the Municipality as park land. Building restrictions on the lots surrounding the Boulevard are intended to guarantee a high class residential development. The Boulevard is laid out as a fire break, following the lessons of the disastrous fires caused by the San Francisco earthquake. Telephone service begins, provided by the B.C. Telephone Company. The B.C. Electric Railway Company opens a tram service on Queensbury Avenue.


The City of North Vancouver is incorporated on May 13th with approximately 2,000 residents.


The first North Vancouver hospital opens. The B.C. Electric Railway Company begins work on the extensions to the Lonsdale Avenue streetcar line to 23rd Street.


St. Paul's Church is enlarged, and a second spire is added. The Twin City Transportation Company takes over the existing Motor Boat Transportation Company to provide ferry service between Vancouver and North Vancouver. The Diplock Wright Lumber Company is renamed the Seymour Lumber Company, and moves the next year to 19th Street.


St. George's Hospital, behind the Catholic church on West 6th Street, opens. The Lynn Valley streetcar line opens.


The Wallace Shipyards are destroyed by fire on July 11th. At least one dozen lumber and shingle companies are operating in the City and District of North Vancouver.


A postal substation is opened at 15th Street and Lonsdale Avenue.


General financial depression leads to a halt in the building boom.


The Pacific Great Eastern Train Company operates its first service between North and West Vancouver. The North Vancouver City Market opens at 120 Esplanade Avenue East. The First World War begins; this initiates much shipbuilding activity on the waterfront.


Moodyville is incorporated into the City of North Vancouver.


The abandoned Moodyville sawmill is destroyed by fire.


Car ferry service across Burrard Inlet from Vancouver is implemented and helps to shape the City.


The First World War ends. The outbreak of an influenza epidemic causes the closing of all schools and public places.


Motorists in British Columbia officially revert to driving on the right hand side of the road.


The Second Narrows Bridge opens to traffic after two years of construction. The Hastings Mills Company, formerly of Vancouver, locates on the City's Moodyville waterfront. Wallace Shipyard changed its name to Burrard Dry Dock.


Chick Chamberlain opens the first Tomahawk Barbecue on the north side of Marine Drive, at Mackay Road.


Work commences on foreshore development and the railway subway.


General financial depression is caused in part by the American stock market crash. The Vancouver Harbour Commissioners Railway Subway is officially opened. The old Hotel North Vancouver is destroyed by fire.


A major shipping accident puts the Second Narrows Bridge out of operation for four years; the City is bankrupted and George Washington Vance assumes the position of Commissioner.


The City of North Vancouver goes into receivership.


The Lions Gate Bridge is opened to traffic.


The Second World War begins. Burrard Dry Dock builds 99 "Victory" ships during World War II, employing 10,000 by the cessation of hostilities.


The City of North Vancouver comes out of receivership; elections are held in December for the newly re-established council.


The Second World War ends.


Local streetcar service is discontinued.


Local ferry service is discontinued.


The Second Narrows Bridge opens. Recently renamed the "Iron Workers Memorial Bridge" for the 27 workers who died during construction.


Work begins on Lions Gate Hospital, the only public hospital on the North Shore.


The City of North Vancouver signs Sister City Agreement with Chiba City, Japan.


SeaBus passenger ferry service between the North Shore and Vancouver is opened.


Lonsdale Quay market and hotel open.


After 86 years in business, the Shipyards close.


New development opportunities are seized which sparks a revitalization of Lower Lonsdale. A new neighbourhood emerges.


A thriving community, rich in cultural diversity, the City enjoys a robust economy and is renowned for its quality of life and recreational opportunities.

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