Welcome – August 2017

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Events to plan for and links to things of interest:

Annual Indian Arm Boat Cruise $30!

2017 Boat Cruise Graphic smTuesday August 15, 2017, 11am to 3pm

Very limited seating, book early. Tickets on sale July 12, for members; unsold seats available to public August 2

Once again, commentators Mitch Bloomfield of Indian Arm Recreational Services will be joined by Belcarra Mayor Ralph Drew ready to share their extensive knowledge of Indian Arm.

Meet at Government Dock at 10:45am, at foot of Gallant Avenue ~ Rain or Shine. Note: in case of stormy weather trip would be re-scheduled

Bring your own lunch; we will supply bottled water.

Call the office at 604-929-5744 to make reservations or for information.

Click on poster to enlarge.

Tote bag features 1950s Deep Cove

Boat Tote smThe iconic photo is of the main street (then called Second Street, now is Gallant Avenue). The large and sturdy bag will hold all your stuff and is sure become your favourite. Stop by the office and pick up yours, while supplies last. This is a fund-raiser for the Deep Cove Heritage Society.

A place for all your beach supplies and lots of books – while you are in the office check out the Deep Cove Heritage Society’s books Echoes Across the Inlet and Echoes Across Seymour. We also have Ralph Drew’s books available.

Please support your local historians.





Seymour Area Bus Tour

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Monday, October 16th from 10am to 2pm

The bus tour was so popular last year we are doing it again. Janet Pavlik will once again be on board to present a heritage tour of the Seymour area. The area includes communities from Maplewood to along Indian Arm as well as Mount Seymour. Janet will point out points of interest along the way.

This event is in partnership with Parkgate Community Centre and tickets and reservations will be made through them.






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.



Request for Logging Information

0059 - Log Boom in the CoveWe 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

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 here 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 600 heritage photos online for viewing

Click ArchivesWe invite you to begin browsing our archives online; check back often as photos will be regularly added. When adding to the archives the gallery is briefly closed, so make sure to check back often!

Clicking the button at left will take you to explore Random Images – you can easily do searches by clicking the tabs under the Deep Cove Heritage banner.





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 –

Click on image to read entire newsletter. Note: Link has been repaired.

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Our newsletters are now 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 now 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.


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.

SUMMER 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

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

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