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Time Traveller: These sulphur piles have been iconic North Shore landmarks for decades

This 1979 photo shows the bright yellow piles of sulphur that have long been a distinguishing characteristic of the North Shore waterfront.
Sulphur piles

One of the most iconic landmarks of the North Shore waterfront is the lurid-yellow piles of sulphur. This 1979 photograph shows a high-angle view of the Vancouver Wharves, with several piles of sulphur visible in the open or under partially-covered areas. The sulphur is a by-product of natural gas processing.

Vancouver Wharves is a 125-acre bulk marine terminal in the Port of Vancouver located east of Lions Gate Bridge on the North Shore of Burrard Inlet. The facility has been in operation since 1959. The former L & K Lumber Co. dock and log booms are visible in the photo to the east.

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 by appointment only. Contact:

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