Archives Photos of the Day: North Shore Ferries


Saturday, May 11th, 2013 — 10:29am PST
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Tomorrow marks the 113th anniversary of the North Vancouver ferry boat (“North Vancouver No. 1”) beginning its regular service between North Vancouver and the south shore of Burrard Inlet. Scheduled ferry service began in 1893 with the Union Steamship Company and North Vancouver No. 1 started carrying foot passengers to and from each shore on May 12, 1900.


1911: North Vancouver Ferry No. 2 & No 3. Archives Item# Bo P338.1 & Bo P338.2.

By 1904, North Vancouver No. 2 hit the waters and offered service for vehicles as well. As demand for service grew, as did the ferry fleet and North Vancouver No. 3 was launched in 1911. Eventually there would be a No. 4 and No. 5 added until the Lions Gate Bridge (built in 1938) would eliminate the need for the ferry service decades later. Over a span of 40 years, North Vancouver Ferries carried 112,466,693 passengers across Burrard Inlet. [Source: BC Shipping News].


1900s: Ferry St. George (aka North Vancouver No. 2). VPL# 2888 & 5872. Photographer: Philip Timms.


1909: Northern view of Lonsdale Avenue from the ferry dock. Archives Item# CVA 371-2110.


1920s: Northern view of Lonsdale Avenue from the ferry dock. Archives Item# Out P81.


1920s: Lineup for the North Vancouver Ferry. VPL# 19181 & 1950s: On board North Vancouver No. 4. VPL# 42258. Photographer: Philip Timms.


1950s: Unloading North Vancouver Ferry No 4. & Ferry lineup. VPL# 42254 & 19159. Photographer: Province Newspaper & Philip Timms.


1926: Ferry wharf in West Vancouver. VPL# 10349 & 1931: North Vancouver ferry dock. VPL# 11397. Photographer: Leonard Frank.


1950s: Ticket seller, ferry terminal. VPL# 42255 & 2869. Photographer: Province Newspaper.

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  1. The Ticket Man in the photo at the bottom in the ’50’s frame. Was wondering if the man was Albert Plum. He was deckhand on the Ferries along with his brother Archie Plum when I used the Ferries to Vancouver when working at Woodward Stores in the 40’s. Can’t get close enough to see but had a magnifying glass and it looks like Albert. Just wondering!

    Would love to drop in this Spring/Summer to Visit you. I’m 83 yrs old now and was born here in Nth Vancouver. I’m a member of Silver Harbour Senior Centre for many years. My daughter sent me the Site and I was happy to see the photo’s.

    Thank you Joan

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