Unlocking North Vancouver History

Wilderness on the Doorstep: Vancouver’s Mountain Playground

Photographers on Little Goat Mountain

Early mountaineers often added photography to their pursuits in order to capture pioneering ascents and the stunning mountain views. In fact, a drawer of Vancouver’s Dunne and Rundle camera shop contained a list on which enthusiasts could sign up for specific hikes. The dedication of one young amateur, Lindsay Loutet (1910-2001), helps trace the history of the North Shore–and especially of outdoor activity on Grouse Mountain from 1926 to 1935. The eldest son of one-time North Vancouver mayor Jack Loutet, he oversaw initial roadwork for the Grouse Mountain Highway and Scenic Resort Ltd. and later became the official driver of the company car carrying staff to and from the Grouse Mountain Chalet. He spent his free time involved with the BC Mountaineering Club and the Grouse Mountain Ski Club, which he co-founded in 1927. Loutet’s images document a carefree and cheerful era of recreation before the Depression set in.

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Early professional photographers Nels Stromgren with a folding view camera and Jack Wardlaw with an 8mm movie camera.

This image was taken at the top of Goat Mountain, an elevation of 1,300 m.

This picture was taken in 1926; the Eastman Kodak Company had been popularizing photography since the late 1880s.

Lindsay Loutet, an amateur photographer, documented early North Shore outdoor activities with the 1910 Kodak 3A he always carried. He took this photo at age 16.

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