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.
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].