Wilderness on the Doorstep: Vancouver's Mountain Playground

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1986-070_6480 980.73.1 1982-172_2904 213 1984-039_5213 7744 7652 VAG-96.3 978.74.33a-b
 
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Charlie Anderson
About 1910, 20th century
Silver salts
23.5 x 18.5 cm
Gift of Mr. William Doe
1984-039_5213
This artefact belongs to : © North Vancouver Museum and Archives
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Keys to History

Prior to World War II, when residential and industrial development was still minimal, the North Shore's rivers and streams supported a substantial Native food fishery as well as sport fishing. The Capilano River, in particular, contained plenty of Pacific salmon and steelhead trout. Teahouse owner Charlie Anderson, pictured here, wasn't the only local businessman who enjoyed casting a line. Hotel Capilano owner Dickson Kells was known to begrudge hours spent on the road transporting customers to his hotel. His wife largely ran the business while he cast his Devon minnow lure into a large pool a few yards from his establishment. In the late '20s, the Capilano, Lynn and Seymour watersheds were closed to the public to protect Greater Vancouver's sources of drinking water, robbing anglers of favourite spots and confining them to lower reaches. As the 20th century progressed, these areas became increasingly unfriendly to both fish and fishermen.

  • What

    Charlie Anderson, owner of the Tipperary Tea Gardens near the Canyon View Hotel, poses with a huge steelhead trout.

  • Where

    The tea gardens were located near the Second Canyon of the Capilano gorge, not far from the Canyon View Hotel, located on Vancouver's North Shore.

  • When

    In the first two decades of the 20th century, teahouses were popular destinations for wealthier day-trippers.

  • Who

    To amuse Sunday excursionists, Charlie Anderson's establishment featured a live black bear and a spiral staircase wound around a tree.