Welcome – December 2018

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 Hello, everyone!

If you grew up in the Seymour area in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s or other decades, you are in possession of your unique experiences of the area. We would just love you to share your memories, photos and stories with us.

Your photos are borrowed, scanned and returned; memories and stories are shared. If you, family or friends are going through old photos that relate to the Seymour area becoming what it is today, please consider loaning them to the Deep Cove Heritage Society!

The Seymour area includes all the communities from Maplewood to Deep Cove, Indian Arm and Mount Seymour.

Everyone here is wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season.





Brief Histories page

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Belcarra Mayor, Ralph Drew has compiled some Brief Histories of Indian Arm. You can find them under the Brief Histories tab at the top of this page.

Indian Arm stretches approximately 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Burrard Inlet and is part of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s traditional territory. Flanked on the east side by Belcarra and the west by the District of North Vancouver. Further north, beyond Silver Falls, it becomes wilderness crown land. The historical Wigwam Inn sits at the north end of the Arm; the building now owned by the Vancouver Yacht Club is used as an outpost for its members.

The Deep Cove Heritage Society’s collections encompass 18-communities — from Maplewood and Mount Seymour, to Deep Cove as well as all of the communities along the west shore of Indian Arm. The east shore, Belcarra, is the home of historian and mayor, Ralph Drew. He is the author of three very comprehensive, award winning books. These are of great interest to us of course, since we share the history of Indian Arm. Information about these books can be found under the Other Local Interest Books tab at top of this page.

Mayor Drew has given us permission to put his Brief Histories on our website (see tab at top of this page) for you to enjoy. We thank him for his generosity.



Following are items of interest you can do on your computer without leaving home.


Uncle Al’s Cabin Tours of Mount Seymour

1880 - First Cabin on 1st LakeDid you know 70 years ago Mt Seymour had a bustling, skiing, hiking, “build it yourself”, shin-digging cabin community of over 200 log cabins!

Come join Alex Douglas (aka Uncle Al), Mt Seymour History Project Archivist, 40 year Mt Seymour Employee, cabin resident and all around mountain man for a hike back in time. Search the forest for cabin sites and remnants, find some that are still standing, and hear amazing stories of fun and ingenuity on the mountain. Photo DCHS #1880 – Donna Leighton’s family’s first Cabin on First Lake, late 1930s.

For more information: Mount Seymour History Project.



Logging Burrard Inlet – 1955

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This is an interesting youtube video published by Edward Homer – Logging Burrard Inlet – 1955

We have had a request for information on previous logging operations at Berg’s Landing/Clementine Creek area on Indian Arm. Let us know if you have any information or suggestions on who we might contact. Email to deepcoveheritage@gmail.com

Photo at left is DCHS #0059 showing a log boom in Deep Cove in the early 1900s. Photo courtesy of Mr. & Mrs. John Moore (click on photo to enlarge).





Blair Rifle Range

Blair Range plaque webDonna Sacuto unveiled the plaque that has been installed on Mount Seymour Parkway to recognize the history of the Blair Rifle Range.

The plaque is the result of a research paper that Donna wrote. You can read the paper by clicking here.






The Ferries of Indian Arm video

Ferries & Fjord - Front CoverOur friend and neighbour, Mayor Ralph Drew of Belcarra, has written two impressive books – Forest & Fjord: The History of Belcarra (pub. 2013, 536 pages) and Ferries & Fjord: The History of Indian Arm, its Ferries & Docks, Travelling Post Offices & Floating Grocery Stores (pub 2015, 372 pages). Both books are available from the author as well as from our office.

Mayor Drew was the guest speaker at a Deep Cove Heritage meeting and, as well, was a commentator on our tours up Indian Arm last year and he will be onboard with us again this year.

He recently gave a talk to the Vancouver Historical Society and we thank the Society and Mayor Ralph Drew for allowing us to post the link of that talk here.

Click on this link to view the video:  The Ferries of Indian Arm video


Ross Regan’s Cabin building 

4793-30a - Ross Regan- Bill- Greg Prothman- 1948Deep Cove Heritage member Ross Regan built his cabin on Mount Seymour in 1948. You can hear Ross’ commentary and watch it being built with this wonderful series of photos.

Click here to watch Ross Regan’s Cabin constructed

Click on photo at left to enlarge. DCHS #4793 – Building Gods Lil Acre, Mount Seymour Ski Cabin, 1948. Photo courtesy Ross Regan.





We have over 1400 heritage photos online for viewing

Camera graphicClicking the camera graphic at left will take you to explore Random Images – you can easily do searches by clicking the tabs under the Deep Cove Heritage banner. More photos will be online soon!







Volunteers are still needed!

Call for Action to Members and the Community:

Deep Cove Heritage Society needs your help and support in preserving our rich history of Deep Cove and the surrounding area of Seymour.

The DCHS was established first and foremost for the public, be it general interest or research purposes. It was established in 1985 by a dedicated group of volunteers, many of whom are still with us today. The Heritage would not be able to survive without it’s volunteers.

We are calling on the next generation to volunteer their time in order to keep the Heritage going.

It is a great way to connect to the community and learn about our local history.

There are many volunteer opportunities at hand. Call us at 604-929-5744, or drop by our office at 4360 Gallant Avenue (inside the Deep Cove Cultural Centre.)

Latest Newsletter –

2018-01 DCHS News Spring coverClick on image to read entire newsletter.

Our newsletters are online – to view our entire collection of newsletters click on RESOURCES tab top right of this screen; and choose NEWSLETTERS from the drop down list. On the Newsletters page, click on the blue text under each heading to open the pdf document which can be read on screen or downloaded and printed.

We have the full index for our first book, Echoes Across the Inlet, published in 1989 online. It is a pdf file that can be read online or downloaded, printed and tucked into your copy of the book.  Click on the BOOKS tab at the top of this screen and choose BOOK INDEX from the dropdown list.

We have several books, including our own Echoes Across Seymour and Echoes Across the Inlet for sale in the office. As well we have our neighbour Ralph Drew’s books, Forest & Fjord: The History of Belcarra and Ferries & Fjord: The History of Indian Arm. And we have Deep Cove Heritage tote bags that are roomy and sturdy enough to carry all your books home.


The Deep Cove Heritage Society office is located in the Deep Cove Cultural Centre.

4360 Gallant Avenue (at Panorama Drive) in North Vancouver, BC V7G 1L2

Echoes Across Seymour and Echoes Across the Inlet book information – click on “Books” at top of this page.

WINTER HOURS OPEN: Tues & Thurs 10am-4pm; Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun 1pm-4pm; Closed Mondays 1pm-4pm Other times when volunteers available Please phone to confirm hours before driving out
- Alex Douglas – President
- Tom Kirk – Vice President
- Louise Hart – Treasurer/Secretary
- Marilyn Myers – Director
- Eileen Smith - Director
- Vickie Boughen - Director
- Liz Bollman - Director

- Jim Slight - Co-ordinator
- Mechtild Morin
- Liz Jenkins Bollmann

- Hope Morris
- Vickie Boughen
- Wendy Bullen Stephenson
- Lynda Noel