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Time Traveller: Ready for a night of dancing and whist in North Vancouver?

Saturday Night Socials were a staple at the Lynn Valley Community Centre

Here is a photo from a Saturday Night Social Whist & Dancing event held in the summer of 1944 at the Lynn Valley Community Centre. Originally a Methodist church, the community centre was built ca. 1912.

In the early 1960s the ground floor of the building was demolished, while the upper floor was relocated to 3355 Mountain Highway as part of the Lynn Valley School of Dancing, where it can still be seen today.

Throughout the 1940s, the centre hosted events meant to “encourage and promote creative, cultural and recreational activities,” before becoming a playschool until its relocation.

Visit the MONOVA website for more information about the history of the North Shore and to plan your visit to MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver, now open at 115 West Esplanade in The Shipyards.

Currently, MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver, at 3203 Institute Road in Lynn Valley, is open for drop-ins on Monday and by appointment Tuesday-Friday, 12:30-4 p.m. Contact:

Navigate culture on the North Shore by using the North Shore Culture Compass.