Celebrate 150th plus local history at Heritage Fair!

Here’s a great community event coming your way! Canada Day celebrations continue on Saturday, July 15th- with lots of indoor and outdoor fun!

Celebrate Canada’s 150th with LVSS

The Lynn Valley Services Society (LVSS) and Lynn Valley Seniors Association (LVSA) will be hosting a Heritage Community Fair at Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Rd., on Saturday July 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a free event, held in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, will feature many local community exhibitors and exciting activities, including:

  • Heritage Activities: Games for all ages, rag doll craft demonstration and a time capsule
  • A Museum Tour on the main floor of Mollie Nye House, featuring exhibits from North Vancouver Museum and Archives that showcase the lives of early Lynn Valley pioneers.
  • Shaketown display: Come by to see our early logging days exhibit.
  • Live Entertainment including a Barbershop Quartet, Puppet Show, North Shore Celtic Ensemble, the Strolling Barbs and more.
  • Food and Refreshments: Come enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, lemonade, tea, cookies, and a cake-cutting ceremony at noon.



The fun will take place rain or shine! Free parking will be available at the Church of Latter Day Saints, at 941 Lynn Valley Road off Mollie Nye Way.  Check out the flyer (below) for more details!

Event Flyer

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Don’t miss out on Canada Day fun!

There’s certainly no excuse for thumb-twiddling this Long Weekend, given the myriad events that have been organized to celebrate Canada 150+ in style.

Canada Day flagThe Canada Day Parade is extra-special this year, and will kick off with a Lions Pancake Breakfast in Grand Boulevard Park starting at 7:30 a.m. The parade will start at 10am, marching from the park along 13th Street, turning right on Lonsdale and left on West 17th Street, terminating at Jones (a route map is right here.) Don’t forget your hats, glasses and sunblock!


New Lynn Valley Days events offered this year!

Lynn Valley Days are fast approaching, and fingers are crossed for a warm, sunny weekend. Even if it’s drizzly, however, the famous Big Tent will keep revellers dry and spirits high! We are as pleased as punch to be a main sponsor again this year, and we thank all the other citizens, businesses and organizations who have banded together to pull off this major event.

Friday frolics

On Friday, June 16 the Gala Dinner is back for the seventh year running (or is that dancing?) There’s a new twist this year, though – if you’re more of a dancing fiend than a dinner hound, there are late-entry tickets available that will have you grooving under the Big Top from 9 p.m. to midnight. For more details about the cocktails, dinner, Bosa lounge, silent auction, live band and limo service, click here. And get your tickets soon, they’ve been selling well!


Concert supports work of Rainbow Refugees

Looking for a tuneful end of the week, and happy to support a great cause? Proceeds from this community concert on Friday, May 26 will help fund Rainbow Refugees, a group that supports people seeking refugee protection in Canada due to sexual orientation or gender issues. The following press release is from the Lynn Valley United Church website:

Defying Gravity is a fundraising concert featuring baritone, Geoffrey Dice – a Vancouver dentist and member of the Vancouver Men’s Chorus and Lynn Valley United Church’s Music Minister, Frank Chu.  The duo have joined forces to perform music they both love and feel empowers the spirit.


Be a Lynn Valley LINK trail builder!

There’s an exciting new outdoor recreational project afoot in Lynn Valley, and you could be on the ground floor (literally). The Lynn Valley Community Association’s Annual Park Project takes place on Saturday, May 13 and is a key component of the new Lynn Valley LINK, a collaborative project between the LVCA and the District of North Vancouver.   The LINK will connect existing trails within and through Lynn Valley and will feature informational kiosks at key locations around the community.


Meet the town planner, and join the LV Community Association!

The Lynn Valley Community Association annual general meeting is coming up on Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. Please consider getting involved as a member – or even a board member! – to help keep Lynn Valley a community that is vibrant, welcoming and supportive of citizens of all ages and stages. Here is the press release from the LVCA:


Shred for a cure!

If you’ve been putting off your spring cleaning because you’re buried in six boxes of old tax returns and financial stubs dating from 1979, now’s your chance to get out from under.

The “Shredding for a Cure” event, in memory of Lynn Valley’s Ashley Brear, returns again this year to the St. Clement’s parking lot at 3400 Institute Road (east side of LV Park) on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Your documents will be securely disposed of by 1-800-SHREDDING, and your financial donation will further cancer research through the BC Cancer Agency or the Callanish Society. Please come out and support this event! For more information, call 604-980-3177.

Lynn Valley featured in Hendry Hall production

If you’ve always loved the character of Lynn Valley, you’ll love watching Lynn Valley as a character.

_D3S9039More properly, Lynn Valley is the setting of a play opening up at Hendry Hall – but given the theme of 2000, it’s almost a character itself.

Playwright Joan MacLeod, who now teachers writing at the University of Victoria, was intrigued by life lived on the border between natural and human habitat. Producer and director Stephen Torrence says “The play examines how the natural and urban worlds are interwoven and how they each impact on the other; a topic  [so] germane to Lynn Valley, which exists in the midst of the rainforest.” He says that Joan MacLeod is delighted the play is finally being performed in North Vancouver.

As you’ll see in this good North Shore News overview, those who enjoy good laughs along with thought-provoking theatre entertainment will not be disappointed. Nor will those who love a bit of local history – there are still Lynn Valley residents among us who  remember the real-life “Nature Boy,” an interesting man of the woods who is immortalized in the play as one of the characters.

_D3S9202“We have a truly innovative and creative set that strives to illustrate the overlap between the natural and urban worlds, created by local artists and set designers,” says Stephen.

Tickets are only $10 on the preview night on Thursday, April 6; opening night is Friday, April 7 which features an opening night reception and goodies to boot.  The show runs Wednesdays through Saturdays after that, closing on on April 22. To learn more about the production and get your tickets, just go here. Why not call up a Lynn Valley friend and make a night of it?

2000 is North Van Community Player’s festival entry in the the Theatre BC North Shore Zone Festival of Plays, which runs at Presentation House from May 7 to 13. 2000 will be performed on May 11.  All shows in this year’s festival are by Canadian playwrights, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.  The show which is chosen as Best Production will go on to to Vernon in July to compete in the provincial festival.

(Photos: Actors Laura Burke and Karen Golden in the top photo; Kathryn Ferguson and Ryan Johnson are in the bottom.)


Benefit concerts coming to Lynn Valley

There are two musical fundraisers coming to our neighbourhood to promote two excellent causes!

On Saturday, March 11, acoustic guitarist Stephen King will be hosting an evening of good music and good company to raise funds for those affected by the recent Upper Lonsdale apartment fire. Non-perishable food donations to the Harvest Project are also welcome at the door, as the Harvest Project has been helping those rendered homeless with some immediate needs.

The concert will take place at St. Clement’s Anglican Church, 3400 Institute Road, starting at 7 p.m. Details are here.

And over at Lynn Valley United, a great evening of world music is being planned for Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m. According to their post:

This concert is a fundraiser for North Shore United Refugee Response, a cooperative effort by the seven United Churches on the North Shore to sponsor two Syrian families fleeing their homeland and currently waiting in a refugee camp for entry into Canada. More than sponsorship, this endeavour will re-unify the refugees with families that have already settled in the Lower Mainland.

In celebration of diversity, fascination with all cultures, and building harmony through the language of music, you are invited to join us at Lynn Valley United Church on Sunday, April 2 at 3:00pm for an auditory and visual feast of music and song.   From Indian tanbur to a children’s choir and Syrian guitar, from didgeridoo to string quartet, come hear the many colors of instruments in our world.

So if you’re looking for a way to get out and enjoy a new musical experience without having to travel out of your neighbourhood – and like to know that you’re supporting a good cause at the same time – these concerts might be what the doctor ordered!