Local News – Front Porch Blog

Our Neighbourhood News: From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Hi there neighbours, and a very warm welcome to our blog, From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife.

Why do we call it ‘From the Front Porch’? Because that’s where the real news of a community is shared – on front porches and sidewalks, and in coffee shops and playgrounds. So sit down and stay awhile…. and check back regularly, so we can keep you in the Lynn Valley loop.

Visit here for musings on local life from our neighbourhood observer, Lynn O’Malley, and stories from our editor Peggy Trendell-Jensen. Publisher Jim Lanctot weighs in with news from the world of Lynn Valley real estate, and we look forward to bringing you a range of guest voices from your valley neighbours.

If you have any tidbits of interest, please send them along to our neighbourhood news-gatherer, Robin, at robin@lynnvalleylife.com.  We can’t guarantee we’ll be able to post them all, but we’ll do our best to spread the word on this blog page or on our Facebook site!

Virtual Fall Fair - Winners

Virtual Fall Fair – Winners

We are so pleased to see all the great entries for our Virtual Fall Fair! Thank you to all who participated. And the winners are.... I grew it myself - under 13 Congratulations Jack K - 8 years old. This spring Jack and his family took part in some guerilla ...
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Provincial election 2020

Provincial election 2020

Four candidates are vying for the North Shore-Seymour seat on Oct. 24's provincial election. The coming weeks won't see the door knocking and handshaking of previous campaigns. We reached out to all registered candidates to learn a bit more about them and their visions for Lynn Valley.  Covid election 101 ...
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Halloween - pandemic style

Halloween – pandemic style

There has been much discussion in the daily updates for Covid-19 about Halloween. Dr. Bonnie Henry, at this point, is adamant it can go on. There have been guidelines written by the BC Centre for Disease Control and creative minds working throughout the community.   What will Halloween look like? We ...
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A little Local Love

A little Local Love

In a time of disconnection the United Way is trying to bring Lynn Valley together. The organization is offering residents a one-time grant to help build community with its Local Love campaign. Building community For the last few months Sarah Dugan has been working for the United Way as a ...
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Trails from the ground up

Trails from the ground up

It was a busy summer on the Shore. The local trails have been inundated with users of all kinds, even with parking lots closed walkers, hikers and bikers from all over the region made their way to our trails. It means a lot of work for hundreds of volunteers that ...
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Growing community celebration

Growing community celebration

This has been an epic gardening season. More people than ever took to the earth and tried their hand a growing their own food. When the rest of the world was closed, the line-ups at Maple Leaf Garden Centre was well down the the block. We have fought cold and ...
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A Covid kind of Halloween

A Covid kind of Halloween

Among the many changes of Covid-19 are the loss of community events. The big one for many families this fall will be the changes to Halloween. We have been thinking about how we can help the community enjoy the annual tradition in the most safe and responsible way.  What will ...
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The mystery trail artist of Lynn Valley

The mystery trail artist of Lynn Valley

Walking the quiet trails of Lynn Valley may have been a bit noisier in recent months. When the quiet returned two new pieces of art had appeared. Some were left wondering how they appeared, others are Ross Road passersby more familiar with the work of local ‘mystery’ carver Ben Hemara ...
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Masked crusader

Masked crusader

When many young people are enjoying their last taste of summer, Lynn Valley’s Jake Musgrave is donning a mask and taking up a crusade across Canada raising money for Covid relief and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – all by bike. Doable August 28th 23-year-old Musgrave will clip into his ...
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Celebrating a 100 years of time and place

Celebrating a 100 years of time and place

If you attended the fourth Lynn Valley Elementary in 1990’s through its retirement in 2004 the North Vancouver Museum and Archives is looking for your stories and those of anyone who worked or went to the school during its first century. 100 years of history The North Vancouver Museum and ...
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Working hard for their money

Working hard for their money

There are still some kids around willing to get their hands dirty to make a few dollars around Lynn Valley. Other young people are getting creative with their hustle to overcome the demise of many typical student jobs this summer. We have tracked down a few local options and if ...
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More than books - how the NVDPL managed Covid-19

More than books – how the NVDPL managed Covid-19

With a mandate well beyond books, the North Vancouver District Public Library, was a local leader in providing innovative programming and access to its materials and services. The move to take traditional paper and pivot to virtual services was quick and provided a much needed escape and community connection in ...
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Camp options in a covid world

Camp options in a covid world

There has been a lot of innovation going on behind the scenes of local small businesses and organizations offering kids summer camps. Most options were tossed out the window with Covid-19 safety concerns but a few have pushed through and adapted. We have a list of Lynn Valley activities still ...
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mountain market

Ode to the corner store

Covid-19 attacked our community, economy and health care system. It highlighted supply chain challenges and as something unknown moved through, there was uncertainty around the safety of basic tasks like grocery shopping. The important role small grocers and corner stores has been showcased in the last few months. In Lynn ...
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Great Neighbourhood Garage Sale

Great Neighbourhood Garage Sale

As we look to the fall and this new normal, we also see a great pile of stuff we have decluttered and cleared out during a little (or a lot) of freetime during the pandemic. So what do you think, are you up for a Great Neighbourhood Garage Sale?  How ...
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Father's Day 2020

Father’s Day 2020

June is here and it’s been a warm spring so far. We're crossing our fingers that we'll get all the rain out of our system this week and catch a sunny weekend to celebrate Dad. However, Father's Day may look a little different this year so we have some local ...
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Grads of 2020 pivot for the pandemic

Grads of 2020 pivot for the pandemic

When the world stopped mid-March it was the middle of Spring Break. Students had left school on Friday expecting to return after a warm vacation or some skiing on local hills. They didn’t expect they’d never walk the halls or play on sports teams again. As this year’s Argyle Secondary ...
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Dropping a line near End of the Line

Dropping a line near End of the Line

With the rushing waters of the Capilano, the wharf at Cate’s Park and the tranquil quiet of Rice Lake, the North Shore is an angler’s dream. As a quiet, close to home summer sits on the horizon, fishing might be something new to get the family outside. Getting started “You ...
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Living on the edge

Living on the edge

We live in a special place. Nestled between two mountains on the edge of one of the world’s best cities, it is a unique situation shared by few other places. Where else in the world can you live a 20 minute drive from downtown but also be a 20 minute ...
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Hitting local trails with kids

Hitting local trails with kids

With Dr. Bonnie Henry’s call to stay close to home, to stay active and get outdoors, a new book is aiming to support local outdoor adventures with your kids. Local teen Harrison Crerar’s second book, was published by Rocky Mountain Books just last month. Foster a love of the outdoors ...
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Isolation adventures in Upper Lynn

Isolation adventures in Upper Lynn

In the weeks prior to the covid-19 pandemic call to stay home and stay safe, Lynn Valley’s Paul Dixon was putting many kilometres on his car, traversing the Lower Mainland photographing whatever piqued his interest. That all stopped March 20.  Stay close to home Retired almost two decades from his ...
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Kindness rocks

Kindness rocks

There are bright spots popping up all over Lynn Valley - and we aren’t talking flowers. Never have there ever been so many painted rocks brightening gardens. Sparking joy and taking care of Mother Earth The painted rocks are bringing smiles to many people. There are local painted rock Facebook ...
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Giving back to community builders

Giving back to community builders

Supporting our community's local businesses throughout the COVID-19 outbreak is very important, how can you help? Time to think and act local Many small businesses in Lynn Valley are suffering during these difficult times, and it is time to look out and support the members of our community. You may ...
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Pollinator power

Pollinator power

Garden centres are buzzing with homeowners with free time, excellent weather and nowhere to go. Now is the time to think about what kind of garden you'd like and who you want visiting this summer. Creating pollinator habitats is a creative way the community can do something together while we ...
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Finding HOPE in Lynn Valley

Finding HOPE in Lynn Valley

Walking down the street you might find some hope on Wellington Drive. Family tradition There is a house mid-way down the block that is always decked out for holidays.  For decades the Tindales have been celebrating Christmas and Halloween with home and yard displays, but in the last few years, ...
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Special Delivery for Lynn Valley Care Centre

Special Delivery for Lynn Valley Care Centre

We have launched Project Special Delivery, a community-wide effort to share heartfelt good wishes for everyone in the LVCC.We have heard from many of our readers who are searching for a way to show their support for the residents of Lynn Valley Care Centre and all who are working so ...
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Celebrating Easter in New Ways

Celebrating Easter in New Ways

With Easter coming up on April 12th, we've had to put some thought into how to honor this annual celebration in new ways. Here are a few creative community building and celebratory ideas we've come up with to keep the Easter spirit going (since the Easter Bunny is a good ...
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Facebook fun boosts RCMP profile

Facebook fun boosts RCMP profile

Have you been wondering about the face behind the North Vancouver RCMP’s Facebook page? We have! The force’s Facebook and Twitter posts have become ever more winsome and chuckle-worthy over the past months, and we finally decided we had to meet the clever keyboard copper behind them.   RCMP social ...
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Lynn Valley electrified

Lynn Valley electrified

If you are still driving in Lynn Valley and managing to avoid road closures, construction delays and the chaos of the Lynn Valley Centre parking lot, you may have noticed a smaller project underway at the corner of Lynn Valley Road and Mountain Highway. Petro Canada has selected Lynn Valley ...
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Year two of the speculation tax

Year two of the speculation tax

For the second year in a row the province has sent out its Speculation and Vacancy Tax declaration forms. All homeowners must declare by their status by March 31. If you have declared before, you still have to declare again this year, even if there is no change to your ...
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