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Story-filled Walks

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 famously the 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. Saturday and Sundays July 7th to August 26th, 11am and 1:30 pm., at The Shipyards. Free for all ages!

Walk in the old forest in Lynn Canyon Park. Here mountaineering enthusiasts Max and Molly will entertain with tales of daring adventure and rescue in the early days of North Shore mountaineering. On this walk the audience will be regaled with stories of some of the North Shore’s most adventurous residents – mountaineers, rescue team members, skiers and climbers. Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 5th to August 23th, 11am and 1:30 pm., at Lynn Canyon Park. Free for all ages!

Book group tours or performances: Call 604.990.3700 ext. 8007.

Community Events

The NVMA and the Friends Society will be at these upcoming community events:

  • Lynn Valley Day (June 16)
  • Canada Day Parade and Celebration (July 1)
  • ‘Shipped’ Waterfront Festival (August 11)


Culture Day Events at NVMA

Behind-the-Scene at the Archives on Friday, September 28 from 1 to 4pm

Discover what your archives has to offer! Meet the archivist, explore the state-of-the-art storage areas and become acquainted with your community’s stories. Bring a research question and see where it takes you. At the Community History Centre, Institute Road.

Shaketown Walk on Saturday September 29  from 10 to 11 am

A guided walk with NVMA curator Karen Dearlove around Lynn Valley’s historic Shaketown. History, community stories and archival photographs will reveal the area’s early life. Leaves from the Community History Centre, Institute Road. Call 604 990 3700 x8016 to pre-register.

Mountaineering Memories on Saturday September 29  from 1 to 2pm AND 3 – 4pm

Unique pieces from the North Vancouver Museum & Archives’ BC Mountaineer Club’s and Alpine Club of Vancouver’s collections will be displayed and the stories they hold revealed. At the Community History Centre.

 The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore on Saturday, September 29 from 2 to 3pm.

Author David Crerar will present stories from his book, “The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore: a Peak Bagger’s Guide”. The history and secrets of the peaks will be revealed. At the Community History Centre, Institute Road.  Call 604 990 3700 x8016 to pre-register.


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.

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.  Check above to learn more about this summer program.

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.