1986-070_6480 | Capilano Gardens

Capilano Gardens
Le Chic Studio
1920, 20th century
18 x 24 cm
Gift of Jim Hewitt
This artefact belongs to : © North Vancouver Museum and Archives
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The development of a streetcar system by the British Columbia Electric Railway Co. made mountain access much easier. It linked up with the ferries at the foot of North Vancouver's Lonsdale Avenue, carrying passengers east to Lynn Valley (1910) and north up Lonsdale to the foot of Grouse Mountain or west to the Capilano River (1912). In this image, well-heeled patrons of the Hotel Capilano and Canyon View Hotel transfer from the streetcar at the end of the Capilano line to hotel-owned taxis. Regular day-trippers from Vancouver would take a streetcar to the ferry, cross Burrard Inlet and hop back on a streetcar to get within walking distance--about 2.5 km--of civilized woodland attractions such as the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Those who could afford it took independent taxis known as jitneys to get directly from the ferry to their North Shore destination.

  • What

    This image shows a streetcar, hotel taxis and the Rustic Capilano Gardens and Store (the store was tucked behind the house).

  • Where

    The streetcar terminus was located on Capilano Road, at a point where the Trans-Canada Highway now crosses the Capilano valley.

  • When

    This photo was taken in about 1912, the year that the streetcar line reached the Capilano area.

  • Who

    Day-trippers from Vancouver could take the Burrard Inlet ferry and then streetcars to get near mountain attractions.