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North Vancouver

Culture & History

While travellers to Vancouver typically first notice the spectacular beauty of the North Shore Mountains, the active, hearty citizens of North Vancouver have also built up their own intriguing culture and history over the years.

First Nations Settlers

The North Shore, located directly north of downtown Vancouver across Burrard Inlet, was originally inhabited by Aboriginal peoples: the Squamish First Nation, the Tseil-Waututh First Nation, and the Musqueam First Nation. For centuries, they hunted, fished, traded, and created striking totem poles and bentwood boxes in their traditional village sites. All three nations were included among the Four Host First Nations for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

European Arrival

Captain George Vancouver became the first European to enter Burrard Inlet on June 13, 1792, travelling with his crew aboard small boats from HMS Discovery. As more European settlers flooded into the region with the mid-19th Century Fraser River Gold Rush, logging operations began on the North Shore in the 1860s.

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