TIME TRAVELLER: When Lynn Valley was nicknamed 'Shaketown'

This photo from ca. 1905 shows two fully loaded shingle bolt sleds from the Lynn Valley Lumber Co. hauling shingle bolts on a skid road in Lynn Valley, a.k.a “Shaketown."

The nickname “Shaketown” was used due to the fact that Lynn Valley was known for logging and specifically for shingle mills. Shake is another term for a shingle.

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Houses across the North Shore and Vancouver were built using cedar shingles made in Lynn Valley and people flocked to the region in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for work.

The Lynn Valley Lumber Co. Shingle Mill was located at Harold Road and Mountain Highway.

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