Author....Dr. James W.Morton
Date of publication....1970
Publisher...McClelland and Stewart, Toronto
Printed by...Evergreen Press, Vancouver
This is a book I recently staggered into at a used bookstore,and it is able to answer a lot of my questions about the Capilano Valley and the North Shore in general.
It contains chapters about the valley's native peoples,timber use, recreational use,fisheries, the dams,and even a detailed account of the first complete trek of the area by Joe Capilano, and three game adventurers of the day....
Many of the area's influential people and colourful characters are mentioned, and the book is a great historical resource...
From the Recreation chapter, for example, this tidbit...
"Another project was promoted by Charles Mee in 1904.He planned to build a chalet for tourists at the summit of Mt Crown.Several cottages were to be available for rental by the day or the week and a central restaurant would provide guests with meals. It was a most grandiose project when one considers that Crown,some two miles north of Grouse Mountain, was some distance away from the end of the Water Works Road and there were no ski tows,cable cars,or helicopters to transport building materials and supplies up the 5000 foot peak...."
If you can find it, it's a must have for the North Shore afficionado