on the pier


Being in the area yesterday evening, my husband and I sauntered over to see the 700 foot long Burrard Dry Dock Pier, just east of Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.


According to this History of the Pier,
The newly refurbished Burrard Dry Dock Pier and St. Roch Dock are a tribute to the City’s shipbuilding history. The Burrard Dry Dock Pier and St. Roch Dock, which were built in 1940 for the wartime shipbuilding effort, once extended much further into Burrard Inlet. The piers, which were recently refurbished as part of the City’s Pier Development project, officially opened on April 23, 2005.


It’s been sad to see our shipbuilding industry in decline and then to have much of this area handed over to developers of high end condominium towers and a hotel, with some space set aside for a future maritime museum. The pier area is the only completed public space yet, lying in front of the active construction holes and cranes. Very pleasant it is in how it’s been refurbished incorporating the rail tracks of the original drydock and with many metal shipbuilding details. We found it a quiet and relaxing spot for watching the waterfront activity, though quiet on a Sunday except for the sudden actions of the tugboats (photo by him) coming and going as freighters began moving in with the tide just as we were leaving. I don’t know why it’s taken us over three years to go see this even though we are often in this area, maybe because it is so hidden behind the construction site.

We were quite inspired to take many photos in the golden evening light, so look out for more!

July 21, 2008 in Canada and BC, History, Photography by Marja-Leena