At Presentation House to April 30th

Water’s Edge: Stories from the North Shore of Burrard Inlet

bluehost300This project highlights North Vancouver as a maritime community and is inspired by the inter-related history and changing natural environment of our shore. The exhibit includes an interactive touchscreen display where visitors navigate geographical and historical perspectives on these changes. There is also a multi-media presentation about The Blue Cabin, the last remaining foreshore cabin in North Vancouver and the former home of artists Al Neil and Carole Itter.  North Shore News Article

We are grateful to the Port of Vancouver for their financial support of the Blue Cabin project.

At Presentation House. June 22 to April 2018.

Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist

Longshoreman, actor, musician, lecturer, poet, activist, environmentalist and First Nations leader. Dan George (born Geswanouth Slahoot) is well remembered. Raised on the Burrard Indian Reserve #3, the son of hereditary chief George Sla-holt, he spent much of his life working as a longshoreman and logger and did not begin his acting career until in his 60s. During the 1960s and 70s Dan George appeared in many television, movie and stage productions in which he worked to promote a better understanding of First Nations people and to challenge their common portrayal on screen. Although focused on Dan George, the exhibition will also delve into significant events and individuals in the First Nations rights movement in BC and Canada.

The North Vancouver Story

ex-permanIn one of the world’s most spectacular settings, human activity has shaped the environment and has been shaped by it. Learn the story of North Vancouver’s rise from an isolated logging town to today’s dynamic urban community. The permanent exhibition gallery encapsulates 150 years of history, from pre-contact times to the present, using artifacts and photographs in themed displays to tell the unique story of the community and its people.

At the Community History Centre

Steppin’ Out: Street Photography of Foncie Pulice

Foncie thumbnail 14306 (3)Foncie Pulice was a street photographer who operated in Vancouver from the 1937 to 1979. Among the many thousands who passed by his camera were people who lived or worked on the North Shore. Whether running to catch the ferry, shopping, or taking a date to the movies, the odds of being captured on camera were excellent. Getting your photo taken was part of the experience of being downtown. Over the 40 years of Foncie’s career, families could accumulate mementos of courtship, family growth, and career, in these snapshots of moments in Vancouver. The people seen here led very different lives – but Foncie had a gift for capturing a moment, for each of them, of cheerful confidence, “steppin’ out” into the future.

At the City Library

North Shore Rescue Achievement

North Shore RescueNature, especially in our mountainous back-country areas, can be dangerous. Those who head out into wilderness areas had better be well -prepared! Too often they are not; on the North Shore, the need for frequent and professional rescues has been met by a community-based volunteer organization.

North Shore Rescue  has provided search and rescue operations focusing on mountain, canyon, urban and helicopter rescues since 1965.

Past Exhibits

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ex-frankLeonard Frank: Master Photographer


ex-mahonImagining North Vancouver: Edward Mahon and His Legacy


ex-baxterIAIN BAXTER&: Information/Location, North Vancouver


ex-madeMade in BC: Home-grown Design


ex-entwinedEntwined Histories: Gifts from the Maisie Hurley Collection
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ex-squamishSkxwúmish Úxwumixw: The Squamish Community: Our People and Places


ex-leisterRita Leistner: Travels in First Nations


ex-tentLife Under Canvas: Tent Homes in Early North Vancouver