Experience The Shipyards & Lynn Canyon Park with the Shipyard & Mountain Pals

To August 28th at The Shipyards and in Lynn Canyon Park.

The Shipyard Pals, Sam & Sal: Burrard Dry Dock was, for most of the twentieth century, the largest shipyard in Western Canada. Over 450 ships were launched from this site including the famous WW II Victory ships. The war years were a busy time with around the clock production and a greatly expanded work force, which for the first time included women! Shipyard Pals Sal and Sam will perform stories of this exciting time while walking visitors through North Vancouver’s historic Burrard Dry Dock.

FREE drop-in walks at The Shipyards: Friday, Saturday and Sundays at 1.30 and 3pm to August 28th. Meet at Lonsdale & Victory Ship Way.  No tour on Sunday July 31st. 

The Mountain Pals, Max & Molly: New to this year’s program is a walk in the old forest in Lynn Canyon Park. Here mountaineering enthusiasts Max and Molly will entertain with tales of daring adventure and rescue from the early days of North Shore mountaineering. On this walk the audience will be introduced to some of the North Shore’s most adventurous residents – mountaineers, rescue team members, skiers and climbers. Photo by M. Wakefield, North Shore News.

FREE drop-in walks in Lynn Canyon Park: Wednesdays and Thursdays to August 25th at 1:30 and 3:00 pm. Meet across from Lynn Canyon Cafe, Lynn Canyon Park.

For more information about the Shipyard or Mountain Pals,or to book a group tour, call 604.990.3700 ext. 8008.  Join us in rainy or sunny weather!


Culture Days at the  NVMA.  September 30 – October 1, 2016

6973 cropped (4)The NVMA will host a weekend of events including:

Friday, September 30 at CHC: Family Records Workshop with archivist Janet Turner. Call 604 990 3700 x8016 to pre-register.

Saturday, October 1 at CHC at 10 a.m.: Shaketown Walk with curator Karen Dearlove. Call 604 990 3700 x8016 to pre-register.

Saturday, October 1 at CHC from noon to 2 pm: Behind the Scenes tour of the Archives. Drop-in.

Saturday, October 1 at CHC at 2 pm: The District of North Vancouver: A Community of Communities. Illustrated talk by author Dan Francis.  Call 604 990 3700 x8016 to pre-register.

All Weekend: at the Museum from noon to 5 pm. Water’s Edge: Stories from the North Shore of Burrard Inlet.  See description above.

Walter Draycott’s Great War Chronicle

ex-draycottTo commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI, NVMA has launched a blog, where we are posting, one hundred years to the day for 4 ½ years , each of Walter Draycott’s diary entries. Join us  at Draycott’s Great War Chronicle


Sea to Sky Regional Heritage Fair Celebration

The NVMA works with students to research a variety of aspects of Canadian history. The 2016 Sea to Sky REGIONAL Heritage Fair was hosted by the Squamish Historical Society in Squamish BC.  on Saturday, April 30th.

The following students were selected to represent the Sea to Sky Region at the 2016 Provincial Heritage Fair. They will be joined Provincial Heritage Fair delegates from around the province.

The students are: Grade 5 Student Gabriele Altomare for his project on Canadian Currency, from St Pius X Catholic School North Vancouver;

Grade 5 Student Jayden Cheung for his project on The Renaming Of The Second Narrows Bridge, from St Pius X Catholic School North Vancouver; and

Grade 10 Student Siobhan McDonald for her project on Treaties & The Indian Act, from Seycove Secondary School North Vancouver.


The Shipyard and Mountaineering Pals

Every summer in North Vancouver characters from the past make an appearance.  Shipyard Sal and Sam may be seen roving the City of North Vancouver’s Shipyard plaza while Max and Molly the mountaineers will be found at Lynn Canyon Park entertaining visitors with stories of mountain explorations and discovery. See above for further details.

#2492540-v1-2012_Young_Citizens_Maggie_and_Fiona_with_Tripod_(website)Young Citizens Film Academy

See what our 2015 Young Citizens video competition participants created this year!  This year we worked with 6 youth from grades 5 and 6, and produced 6 videos.  Young Citizens will return in 2017.

The 2015 topics included: The Canadian Flag, The Library of Parliament, The Parliament Buildings, Changes in the Game of Hockey, fencer Jujie Luan and The Empress of China. The NVMA Young Citizens projects may be viewed here.