Canada’s 150th Celebration: July 1st

The NVMA’s historic Dairy truck will be accompanied by The Shipyard Pals at North Vancouver’s annual Canada Day Parade.  The Parade starts at 10am at 13th Street & Grand Boulevard, heads west towards Lonsdale Avenue, then continues up Lonsdale Avenue, west on 17th Street and ends at Kinsmen Park.  It is followed at noon by festivities at Waterfront Park.

The 29th annual North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations at Waterfront is hosted by the Rotary Club of Lions Gate. The event is free and features heritage, multiculturalism, environmentalism and fun for the whole family.

Also join The Shipyard Pals at 1:30 & 3pm at Lonsdale Ave & Victory Ship Way for a story-filled walk through our historic Burrard Drydock.

Sam & Sal: The Shipyard Pals

Bond rallies, variety shows, and tug-of-war competitions are just a few of the ways Burrard Dry Dock (BDD) employees fundraised for the war effort. Shipyard Sal and Sam will regale you with stories, songs and poetry, as they describe first-hand, what it was like to build 10,000 tonne Victory Ships for war. Listen to songs, participate in rivet-toss demonstrations, and giggle at quick costume changes!

Free Drop-in Walks:
From July 2 to August 27 
 Saturdays &  Sundays at 11am and 1:30pm
Meet Shipyard Sal and Sam for near the foot of Lonsdale at Victory Ship Way, in The Shipyards.

OR book a group tour:
Call 604.990.3700 ex. 8007
At the Market: Look for Sal and Sam at the Friday Night Markets, Shipbuilders’ Square.

Max & Molly: The Mountaineer Pals

Climbing achievements is just one of the themes that our Mountaineer Pals will explore with visitors to Lynn Canyon Park.

Free Drop-in Walks:
From July 6 to August 24 
 Wednesdays & Thursdays at 11am and 1:30pm
Meet across from the Lynn Canyon Café, Lynn Canyon Park.

OR book a group tour: Call 604.990.3700 ex. 8007



NVMA’s Social Media Program!

The Museum & Archives is active on a host of social media platforms. Each platform features different information. To learn about what is happening with the NVMA or to explore a few North Van stories check Facebook. It is great to read how long time North Vancouverites react to those posts. Look to Instagram for photos of what is happening and for unique archival images related to community interests and topic. On Twitter you will find short news feeds from this community and in the arts. Our Pinterest account provides educators with updates on our programs for schools.

Volunteer at the NVMA!

North Vancouver volunteer helps student at Museum“It’s so much fun – seeing the kids awestruck!” ~ Caroline

If you enjoy working with kids and have a love for local history, we have a volunteer job for you! Become a school program docent and inspire students while sharing your enthusiasm for community stories. Contact NVMA’s Education Program at 604 990 3700 x 8007.

Walter Draycott’s Great War Chronicle

ex-draycottTo commemorate the 100th anniversary of the WWI Battle at Vimy Ridge, 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


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 details for 2017 above.

Funding for The Shipyard and Mountaineering Pals has been made possible in part through a contribution from the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations program, Department of Canadian Heritage. The Canadian Museum Association administers the museum component of the YCW program on behalf of the Department of Canadian Heritage.