Unlocking North Vancouver History

Moodyville: Legend and Legacy

Early Chart of Vancouver Harbour

Moodyville was located on the north shore of Burrard Inlet, a large, deep-water harbour on the south end of Canada’s Pacific coastline. The City of Vancouver and its suburbs eventually grew around this body of water. In the 1860s, entrepreneurs established the first mill at the spot later named Moodyville. It was the first significant non-Native community on the inlet. Although the mill shut down at the turn of the last century and the City of North Vancouver had officially annexed the site by 1925, its existence was still noted on this map published in 1932. This is proof of the community’s importance to the early history of Burrard Inlet, although all traces of the town disappeared with later development. If you zoom in, you will find Moodyville located just underneath the large pink territory marked on the north shore.

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This early map of Burrard Inlet refers to Moodyville, although the community was no longer in existence at the time of publication.

Burrard Inlet is located on the mainland at the southern end of British Columbia’s Pacific coastline. Zoom in to find Moodyville (pink area) on the north shore.

This map is a 1932 edition, titled Vancouver Harbour. It shows depth soundings and marks industrial sites along the 98 miles (158 km) of shoreline.

This map was published by the Vancouver Harbour Commissioners, who were responsible to the federal government for the operation of the port.

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