TIME TRAVELLER: Walking the wood planks on Lonsdale Avenue

This hand-tinted picture postcard shows a north view up Lonsdale Avenue from the ferry terminal in 1912.

This was a time when the streets were dirt and the sidewalks (if there were any) were made of wood planks.

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In 1893, two years after the incorporation of the District of North Vancouver, a ferry service began “ferrying” people across Burrard Inlet between Vancouver and North Vancouver.

In 1900, the steam-powered North Vancouver Ferry No. 1 started carrying foot passengers. By the time this photo was taken, the fleet grew to include North Vancouver Ferries No. 2 (1904) and No. 3. (1911).

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