Unlocking North Vancouver History

Moodyville: Legend and Legacy

Low Level Road 2000

Considering the importance of Moodyville to the history of Burrard Inlet, it is curious that nobody thought to save more of its heritage. Today, however, several names used in the community recall the original settlement. Moodyville Park was created on undeveloped land near the former townsite and features interpretive signs. Street names in the area serve this function, too, with Moody Avenue appropriately running directly north of the waterfront where the mill stood. Interestingly, few streets are named after those who actually lived and worked at Moodyville, but many relate to the investors who inherited and subdivided the lands after the mill’s demise. These include references to its final mortgage provider, Arthur Pemberton Heywood-Lonsdale, and his family estate in Shropshire, England; various village names as well as family names, such as Lonsdale, Chesterfield and Heywood, can be found on North Vancouver’s street signs today.

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The grain elevators now standing at the Moodyville site benefit from the same ideal deep-water port facilities that the former mill enjoyed.

The qualities of the site remain: ideal for getting Canadian resources of the land to the water’s edge to store and ship out.

This picture was taken in 2000. From 1862 until today, the site has been chosen for its convenience for industry.

Visible is the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool elevator. Nearby are James Richardson International (grain distributors), Neptune Terminals (coal and potash exporters), SeaBoard and LynnTerm (kiln-dried lumber exporters).

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