1987-087_7269 | Snowboat hauling toboggans

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Snowboat hauling toboggans
Lindsay Loutet
February 27th 1927, 20th century
Silver salts
14 x 8 cm
Gift of Mr. Lindsay Loutet
This artefact belongs to : © North Vancouver Museum and Archives
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Keys to History

In the early days, local residents flocked to Grouse Mountain for various wintertime activities, which included skiing, tobogganing, skating, snowshoeing and renting dogsled teams to go for a ride. At this time, the mountain was in its infancy as a winter resort. By the mid-1930s, the mountain had its first rope tow, but, as this picture shows, limited skiing infrastructure meant other activities were just as popular. In 1951 Joan Greenwood, a writer for The Standard (probably a newspaper that began publishing out of Hope, BC, in the 1940s), summed up the peak's popular appeal: "Going up Grouse Mountain isn't just something to do. It's a way of life. Once you've tasted it... you'll never entirely forget it. Because there's something about being on top--whether you hike or ski or just stand and stare--that makes you and the mountain belong."

  • What

    This "snowboat" powered by a motor-driven winch pulled young-adult tobogganers up a slope on Grouse Mountain.

  • Where

    The snowboat was set up to transport tobogganers to the tops of the toboggan runs.

  • When

    This photo was taken in 1927. Toboggans of that era, often almost 2 m long, were made of steam-bent hardwoods such as maple, with sculpted breastplates and side ropes.

  • Who

    Young people used the wooden toboggans hitched to the back of the snowboat to slide back down the hill.