July 2 to August 25th

The Shipyard Pals Return


July and August (To August 25th)
Saturdays and Sundays
11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Experience the sights and sounds of The Shipyards as they used to be. Join Shipyard Pals Sal and Sam on an entertaining story-filled walk of North Vancouver’s historic Burrard Dry Dock. Meet the Pals on in at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue at Victory Ship Way.

To book your group call 604.990.3700 ext. 8007.  Group tours may happen most weekday mornings.

Look for our Pop-up theatre tent

July and August (To August 25th)
Wednesdays & Thursdays – 2 to 4 pm at Lynn Canyon Park (near the Café)
Fridays – 1 to 3 pm at North Vancouver’s Civic Plaza (across from City Library)

Also look for our Pop-up theatre tent in various outdoor locations across the north shore.


What kind of housing do you live in? It just is not easy to find a place to live. Commuting is not easy either.  Do you wonder what it was like ‘way back when’? In our Pop-Up Theatre you will hear how many early North Vancouverites faced these challenges.  You may also hear of some very risky mountain adventures on the north shore. Our stories are guaranteed to entertain and provoke … perfect for a summer’s day outing.

Photo above and cover page by Javid Rabanifar.

Funding for The Shipyard Pals and The Pop-Up Theatre 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.

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Stream & Shore : Impacting North Vancouver’s Salmon

Community History Centre, Lynn Valley

In recognition of the International Year of the Salmon,  ZoAnn Morten, nationally recognized salmon stewardship leader, and Tsitsayxemaat Rebecca Duncan, Squamish Cultural Teacher  will present their in-depth knowledge of local salmon and the challenges and hope that surround their past, present, and future.

The event will feature a range of archival images from the Archives and striking modern images from photographer Fernando Lessa. Select artifacts from the Museum collection will be on display. ZoAnn Morten will reveal North Vancouver streams: past, present and future and how streams have shaped our communities, which species of fish currently live in our streams, who helps to care for them and how you can help. Rebecca Duncan will share the story of “Origin of the Salmon People” and traditional Salmon songs.

Explore the close and respectful relationship between salmon and Indigenous peoples, rooted in the legends, ceremonies, and practices of the First Nations. Examine the human impact on our environment and neighbourhood streams, our evolving stewardship practices and the attitudes we have to the natural world. Develop a connection to salmon and their journey through North Vancouver.

Speaker Introductions
Tsitsayxemaat Rebecca Duncan is of Squamish and Musqueam descent. Rebecca has devoted her life to preserving the Squamish Language, Salish weaving and Cultural teachings that have been handed down to her. Rebecca has performed worldwide; discover the story of “Origin of the Salmon People” and traditional Salmon songs.

ZoAnn Morten is the executive director of the non-profit Pacific Streamkeepers Federation, a role she has held since 1995. She has had the pleasure of working with Streamkeeper volunteers, ENGO’s, agency and government personnel from across Canada. ZoAnn will reveal North Vancouver streams: past, present and future. How streams have shaped our communities, which species of fish currently live in our streams, who helps to care for them and how you can help.

Space is limited; registration required (Event Brite)

Also see “The Forest” a new exhibit that explores our relationship with the North Shore forests. Learn about the impact of early industry on the landscape and the actions taken to protect watersheds.

Photo by Fernando Lessa

Organized with the Friends of the North Vancouver Museum & Archives.

Saturday, September 28, 10 to 11 a.m.


Community History Centre, Lynn Valley

On this illustrated walk you will have the chance to hear little known stories of Lynn Valley’s past. Beginning with the first mills and moving to the small bustling community of the 1950’s to one that now boasts high rise condominiums, you will witness the transformation that has taken place in the shadow of the North Shore’s mountains.

Learn of the adventures (here and overseas) of the crusty chronicler Walter Draycott, of lumber entrepreneur Julius Fromme (and the buildings that still carry his name). Find out why there is water trough outside the TD Canada Trust building, and what the streetcar line did for the community. Join the curator as you discover how today’s landscape and landmarks do tell this area’s stories.

This event is FREE. Please call 604 990 3700 x 8016 to pre-register.

Saturday, September 28, 3 to 5 pm

Hot Topics: Living with Wild Fires

Community History Centre, Lynn Valley

Panel Presentation and Discussion

Climate change is creating hotter, longer wildfire seasons in many parts of the world, including British Columbia.
Wildfire is an essential process in forest ecosystems, however, we are witnessing bigger, hotter and more dangerous wildfires with serious implications for wildlife and human health.

Are there any long term solutions and how can we play our part in keeping our communities safe?

Join us for a lively presentation and round table discussion with our local B.C. experts, Dr. Lori Daniels, Professor in Forest and Conservation Sciences at UBC, Bruce Blackwell, Professional Forester and Biologist, and the First Nations Emergency Services Society. Moderated by Tricia Edgar, Education Coordinator at Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, this event will include an audience Q&A session.

Space is limited; registration required (Event Brite)

Sunday, September 29, 2 to 4 pm

Finn and the Magic Backpack

Community History Centre, Lynn Valley

Author Julie Flynn will take us along on young Finn’s adventure in the North Shore’s mountains. This young boy dreams of becoming an adventurer and one day, a magical gift from his Granny makes that dream come true. In ‘Finn and the Magic Backpack’, readers can join a child on his first hiking journey, accompanied by the ultimate travel buddy, ‘BP’ the magic backpack. Experience Finn’s excitement and awe as he learns how to use the Ten Essentials to stay safe and have fun in the backcountry.

Written by Julie Flynn, Illustrated by Jazmin Welch

Value added: the Museum’s vintage backpacks and traditional contents will be explored and Lynn Canyon Ecology staff will get ‘hands-on’ with nature. All participants will have a chance to join in!

Space is limited; registration required (Event Brite)


NVMA’s Virtual Exhibits

The Museum & Archives has a great menu of virtual exhibits.  Sit back and enjoy a host of topics!

Unlocking History features the story of Burrard Drydock, Moodyville, the Wilderness in Our Backyard, and the Lions Gate Bridge.  More

Climbing to the Clouds showcases BC’s mountaineering stories.  Hear first hand from some of our climbers and skiing enthusiasts. More

Voices and Views is unique.  Meet some of your neighbours and hear their stories.  More

There are many more exhibits about mountain photography, logging, and Lynn Valley’s Walter Draycott’s experiences overseas during World War I. Look for the full menu here.

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.