980.73.1 | Creamer

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1910, 20th century
6.2 cm
Gift of Thelma E. Atkinson (Witton)
This artefact belongs to : © North Vancouver Museum and Archives
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Keys to History

Pete Larson's Canyon View Hotel aspired to a wealthy clientele that preferred civilized comforts in a wilderness setting--not every hotelier, after all, invested in personalized china! After moving to North Vancouver in 1901, the Swedish immigrant had opened the Hotel North Vancouver on Esplanade, which became a social centre hosting concerts, dances and political meetings. Recognizing the increasing resort appeal of the Capilano Canyon, Larson built the Canyon View Hotel in 1909, but it was never a very successful venture. Prohibition was a blow in 1915 (the competing Hotel Capilano had shut down by the late '20s). By the Depression, Larson had sold the ailing hotel. It later became a school for girls, and after being used as a bunkhouse during the construction of the Second Canyon's Cleveland Dam, was torn down in 1952.

  • What

    This creamer was used at the Canyon View Hotel. It was decorated with a picture of the hotel that was also reproduced on postcards.

  • Where

    The china was likely made in England and shipped to British Columbia. At this time, virtually all manufactured goods came to the colony from the motherland.

  • When

    This creamer dates to 1910, the hotel's second year of operation.

  • Who

    Hotel owner Pete Larson, originally a Swedish sailor, jumped ship after bringing in supplies for the Canadian Pacific Railway.