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 WVHS Projects

The WEST VANCOUVER COMMUNITY FOUNDATION has contributed funding for WVHS projects.
To visit their website, please click here.


1. Lions Gate Bridge - National Historic Site Project

WVHS began to work on this project in November 1999 after the West Vancouver Heritage Advisory Committee asked the Society to seek LGB/NHS status. Lions Gate Bridge was formally recognized as a National Historic Site during a Commemoration Ceremony on Sunday, May 23rd, 2010.

Dignitaries view the Lions Gate Bridge Plaque, May 23, 2010















2. Point Atkinson Lighthouse Pre

The Point Atkinson Lighthouse Preservation Commitee was working to preserve the Radio Room in front of the Lighthouse.  It was deteriorating rapidly with rot on two sides and was in danger of collapse.  They were making little progress in securing repairs from a number of government sources.  It was decided that the Committee would join the Society and become a Sub Committee of the Historical Society.  The Society gave support to the goal of the Committee and worked with them to secure a solution.  Elaine Graham became a member of the Board and spearheaded further approaches to governments at both the local and Federal levels.
















Point Atkinson Update – May 2009 (Elaine Graham)

At the end of March, the Department of Fisheries & Oceans unexpectedly announced it had money in their 2008 budget tofix the Radio Room at Point Atkinson if West Vancouver District would oversee the construction repairs.

Point Atkinson Radio Room before restoration Work began right away. Double glazed, double hung aluminum windows, and hardy-plank siding were installed over rain screen insulation. The work with wait times for delivery of materials, has taken no more than six weeks. Apparently, these modern materials will be practically maintenance-free and able to withstand the marine climate longer than the old ones. From the water, passing sailors will dazzled by a building so bright, it is now a more visible day-marker than the light and tower.
















Click on the following links for more information about the Point Atkinson Lighthouse:

• Point Atkinson, BC

• Point Atkinson Lighthouse Endangered 

3. Hollyburn Ski Lodge Restoration Project

Don Grant, a member of the Society Board, is also a member of the Hollyburn Preservation Society.  Their goal is the refurbishing of Hollyburn Lodge.  It is an historic building, being one of the original cook houses from the days when logging was king on the slopes of West Vancouver.  For many years it has now been used as a gathering place for skiers and cabin owners during the ski season.  The problem is that it is deteriorating and is in need of a major renovation to preserve it for future generations.  The Society has supported the project for the last number of years.  Funding for the repairs has been difficult to secure.  The Municipality, Cypress Mountain and the Federal Government have all expressed support for the project, but the needed money has not yet been put together.  We remain supportive of the project and the goals.















4. Preparation of a Coffee Table book, "Cottages to Community"

To celebrate of the Centennial of the establishment of West Vancouver as a Municipality in 2012 the Society has published the coffee table book,"Cottages to Community.  The book highlights the neighbourhoods of our Community through words and images from early times to present day.  Francis Mansbridge, author of a recent book on the history of Hollyburn Mountain, wrote the  text. John Moir took the contemporary colour photos that are included in the book. For more information about "Cottages to Community", go to the "Centenary Book" page.


1. The Establishment of Gertrude Lawson House as a Museum

The Rotary Club of West Vancouver was looking for a project in 1989 and decided upon establishing Gertrude Lawson House Museum at the urging of the West Vancouver Museum and Historical Society.  One of the primary influences for selecting the Museum idea was the retirement of Rupert Harrison from his work with the Municipality.  During his years of work he pursued an avid interest in the history of West Vancouver.  He is credited with preserving the important family histories, pictures and documents during his working career and after.  His work is currently a part of the collection in the West Vancouver Archives.

On July 1, 1994 Opening Ceremonies were held for the Gertrude Lawson House.  Donations were received from the Rotary Club, The Kay Meek Foundation, West Vancouver Municipality, West Vancouver Historical Society and the BC Heritage Trust.

Click on the following links for more information about the Gertrude Lawson House:

• Gertrude Lawson House • The Lawson Family - The First Settlers • West Vancouver Museum

2. Forestry Project

A study was carried out tracing the background of Forestry in West Vancouver.  The Federal and Provincial Governments funded a project of research and education to further understanding of the early industry in West Vancouver.  Over 200 early photos were gathered and currently reside in the Archives.  Peter Hall, a current member of the Historical Society was one of 5 Foresters that contributed to the project.

3. Conducted Walks

A number of walks were developed to highlight the history of local areas of West Vancouver.  The following walks were developed and implemented: Ambleside, Dundarave, Waterfront, Capilano, Forestry.  The Society still has a number of the brochures that provide for self directed tours. Click on this link to access information about the Brother's Creek Forest Heritage Walk.

Later, the West Vancouver Museum & Archives used some of these materials to develop the popular DESTINATIONS TIME WALK which may be accessed by clicking on these links:





Many other projects were developed over the early years.  The above represent some of the work carried out by the early members of the Society.  More recently the West Vancouver Museum, which is a municipally funded body, has taken over the direction of the Museum.  Our Society has worked more closely with the West Vancouver Archives to preserve the history of our Community.