Posted by: cherylyoung | September 11, 2012

NORTH VANCOUVER IS SITUATED IN SOME OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR GEOGRAPHIC SETTINGS ANYWHERE

 

North Vancouver is situated in one of the most

spectacular geographic settings anywhere.

 

The land rises up from the waters of Burrard Inlet

through forested slopes to British Columbia’s Coast

Mountains.

Today’s urban community has emerged from a BC

wilderness where once only a handful of First Nation

settlements and an isolated logging town hugged

the water’s edge.

 

North Vancouver is the home of two municipalities:

a compact City facing Burrard Inlet and a larger,

suburban–like District surrounding it on three

sides.

 North Vancouver has also been home to such

notables as rock star Bryan Adams, sprinter Harry

Jerome, broadcaster Red Robinson, actor and

Chief of the Burrard Band Dan George, skater Karen

Magnussen, Group of Seven painter Fred Varley,

writer Malcolm Lowry, actor Jason Priestley,

Margaret Sinclair (wife of Prime Minister Pierre

Elliott Trudeau), cartoonist Lynn Johnston,

Squamish Chief Joe Capilano, and mountaineer

 Phyllis Munday.

The First People to call North Vancouver home

were Coast Salish, who had permanent winter

 villages, fishing camps, and other resource sites

along local shorelines and river mouths, while

nearby mountains were used for hunting and

spirit questing.

Travelling by canoe, they moved between a network

 of sites on the banks of Howe Sound, Burrard

Inlet, Indian Arm, and the mouths of the Capilano

and Seymour Rivers.

Slightly over 200 years ago the Spanish arrived

 giving name to Vancouver’s Spanish Banks, and in

1792 Captain George Vancouver of England explored

the local shores.

 

Descendents of these First people, members of the

Squamish and Tsleil–Waututh Nations, still live and

work in the community today.

North Vancouver has changed dramatically over

 the past century and a half.

 

 While the mountain backdrop remains the same

and the old town sites of Lynn Valley, Deep Cove,

Lower Lonsdale, and the First Nations communities

 on the water remind us of the past – in many ways,

North Vancouver is now a very different place than

 it used to be.

Until the 1970s and 80s, North Vancouver was a

 mostly working-class community that centered

first on logging, and later on shipbuilding and

related maritime industries.

 

In recent years, the workforce has changed and

many residents participate in the “knowledge

economy”.

Old-timers and newcomers alike probably agree

that North Vancouver today is one of Canada’s

most vibrant and livable communities.

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