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Time Traveller Photos 2013


“Time Traveller” is a popular, long standing feature of the North Shore News. It appears weekly as part of the paper’s “NEIGHBOURHOODS” section and is devoted to North Shore history. WVHS contributes every other week, alternating with North Vancouver Museum & Archives. Most of our photos appear courtesy of the West Vancouver Archives. We appreciate the efforts of the North Shore News and our Archives to share our history.



Maria Burns

(NSN February 13, 2013)



















This photo, taken in 1923, is of Mrs. Maria Burns in the snow in her bathing suit. She was well known for taking daily swims in all seasons. The photo was likely taken in her back yard at 1434 Argyle where she and her family (husband John, daughters Lillie and Mary) lived on their Ambleside beachfront property. In the background, beyond the railway fencing, is a Pacific Great Eastern (PGE) train car, a house likely on Bellevue, and Hollyburn ridge.



Point Atkinson Fog Alarm

(NSN January 30, 2013)







This photo, taken in 1912, is of the equipment that powered the foghorn at Point Atkinson. It was located in the station’s fog alarm building, constructed the same year and located just below the light tower. The equipment powered type F diaphones which provided two seconds of foghorn and 28 seconds of silence, a sequence that became known as “Old Wahoo.” In 1974 the diaphones were removed and replaced by air chime horns. When the station was automated in 1996, these were replaced by electronic horns and after two years these were removed. There are no foghorns there now.” 


First Narrows Fog & Light Station

(NSN January 16, 2013)





The First Narrows Fog and Light Station, pictured here ca 1914, sat on the mud flats at the mouth of the Capilano River on the north side of the narrows.  It consisted of a station building with an attached residence, both surrounded by water at high tides. During the 1940s the residence building was removed leaving the square station building. This remained a familiar sight to commuters on the Lions Gate Bridge well into the 1960s.