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Time Traveller: The Coach House Inn was a hot spot in North Vancouver

Tudor style motor inn hosted the annual World Belly Flop and Cannonball Diving Championships

This photograph (from a postcard) shows the former Coach House Inn at 700 Old Lillooet Road, located by the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing. Built in 1964, the Tudor style motor inn served both visitors and local residents.   

In addition to 100 rooms and suites, it had a restaurant, banquet room, lounge & pub, coffee shop, barber shop, beauty parlour, and heated outdoor swimming pool. In the late 1970s, the Inn famously hosted the World Belly Flop and Cannonball Diving Championships. The annual contest attracted international and local media attention. 

After 30 years of operation the Coach House closed in the 1990s and was later demolished. 

Visit the MONOVA website for more information about the history of the North Shore and to learn about MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver now open Thursday to Sunday in The Shipyards.

Currently, MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver at 3203 Institute Road in Lynn Valley is open by appointment only. Contact: [email protected]

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