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North Van Museum wants YOU!

August 9, 2017

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

As you are probably already aware, the historic Lynn Valley Elementary School building was preserved and transformed into the North Vancouver Community History Centre, part of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives. The Community History Centre currently has a Canada…

North Vancouver Archives offer great gifts for Christmas

December 7, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

The North Vancouver Archives are not the first place you would think to go to find a special present for a special person at Christmas. The kind of present you wouldn’t find for sale anywhere else, for that person who…

Earthquake hit Lynn Valley 70 years ago today

June 23, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Earthquakes have been an ongoing concern in these parts for a very long time – here’s an account of a major earthquake that hit these shores 70 years ago today,…

Lynn Valley Day brings back memories

June 1, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Thank you to Dianne Elphinstone for sharing some of her Lynn Valley Day memories and photos! Volunteer or attend this year’s community celebration on the weekend of June 17 to 19; check out all the details here. In the early…

Take a “Jane’s Walk” and hear Lynn Valley history

April 20, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Jane’s Walks are coming to Lynn Valley,  just in time to celebrate the 100th birthday of the person after whom they were named. Writer and activist Jane Jacobs had a significant influence on urban planning in the 1960s, when she…

1962 Lynn Valley Day May Queen remembers crowning glory

May 25, 2015

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

From Lynn O’Malley, Voice of the Valley She may have accomplished many things in her life since, but chief among Jane Jessop’s memories is being crowned May Queen at the 1962 Lynn Valley Day. And it wasn’t just any Lynn…

Mom won in a walk: a Lynn Valley Day memory

May 18, 2015

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

By contributing writer Len Corben My mother’s Achilles heel was actually her most valuable asset. At least it was on the afternoon she entered the Lynn Valley Day walking race from 15th Street and Lonsdale Avenue to Lynn Valley Park…

Granddaughter offers glimpse into Lynn Valley Day history

May 2, 2015

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Thanks to our internet-connected world, a little piece of Lynn Valley history recently came to light. Kim Wertenberger of Wapato, Washington, sent LynnValleyLife a photo of a much-cherished trophy that once belonged to her grandfather, Brian J. Ingoldsby. “I love…

Lynn Valley loses loved Legionnaire

March 13, 2015

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

  Received on March 12 from the Lynn Valley Legion.  Comrade Harold Finnegan, a beloved member of Branch #114 and Veteran of the Korean War, passed away this week.  A Celebration of  Harold’s remarkable life will be held at Branch…

History Centre showcases diverse stories

October 22, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

  A press release from the North Vancouver Museum & Archives: North Vancouver has undergone many changes in recent years. We see this in changing skylines, advertisements about new businesses and festivals, and in the diversity of people now residing…

Online project offers glimpse into Draycott’s war years

September 18, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Some current-day citizens of Lynn Valley knew Walter Draycott when he was alive. Most of us, however, know Walter as the man sitting on the bench, immortalized in bronze, in Pioneer Park on the corner of Lynn Valley Road and Mountain…

Cedar V theatre memories recalled

February 12, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Just over two years ago, we wrote this post about the now-legendary Cedar V theatre, located next door to what is now the PetroCan station on Lynn Valley Road. This week, we were happy to receive some more reflections, sent…

Suspension bridge spans 100 years

September 7, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Once again Lynn Valley is celebrating an important centennial. Having already marked the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the L.V. Community Association and the first-ever Lynn Valley Day, everyone can pull out their party shoes again in order to…

Prize-winning temperance essay from 1928 still relevant today

June 15, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

FROM LYNN O’MALLEY: It has become abundantly apparent that you can’t count on June for good weather. But the end of the month does bring one thing you can depend on: grad ceremonies, photo opps and – unfortunately – the…

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge celebrates 100 years

May 14, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

BY TRICIA EDGAR: In 2012, Lynn Canyon Park is 100 years old. Let’s go on a walk through the trails of the canyon a century ago. If you’d visited then, what would you have seen? It’s a sunny day, and…

Theatre lives on in local memories

January 21, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Musings from Lynn O’Malley: It’s always seemed to me that a little movie house would do well in Lynn Valley; something that would bring in the kind of interesting flicks you usually have to travel over to the 5th Avenue…

Lynn Valley ’70s counterculture recalled in colourful autobiography

January 7, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

From Lynn O’Malley: Inspired by our Christmas post in which we published a list of Lynn Valley residents’ wishes, publisher Jim Lanctot and I got talking about what we’d ask for if we could wave a wand and make something good…