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Time Traveller: Loggers use North Vancouver's Rice Lake as a holding pond

Now a tranquil spot for fishing or hiking, Rice Lake was once a bustling hub for the North Van logging industry

In the early 1900s, Rice Lake was an important site for workers in the logging industry of North Vancouver. Depicted here is an employee of Hastings Shingle and Manufacturing Co., hauling shingle bolts for further processing.

Behind him, many more logs bob merrily in the lake, as it was used as a holding pond. By keeping the sections of wood in water, the ends were kept from splitting due to dryness.

Additionally, the water slowed decay and deterioration from insects and fungal stain. The lake water was also used for the flume line, transporting the logs downhill to the mill.

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