Discover the rough and tumble history of Ioco with historian, Ralph Drew, during an author talk and launch of his latest book Townsite Tales: The History of Ioco. Anmore Valley and North Shore of Port Moody Arm.
Did you know that the famous Captain George Vancouver may have lent his name to many places in the Lower Mainland but he also has the distinction of being the first European to hold a beach party on Burrard Inlet? Or that Admiralty Point Park was almost turned into a ‘pest hospital’?
These stories and more fascinating history from Ioco, Anmore Valley, and the North Shore of Port Moody Arm are uncovered by local historian, Ralph Drew. His new book is a follow-up to the B.C. Historical Federation and Lieutenant-Governor’s Gold Medal award-winning “Forest & Fjord: The History of Belcarra”, this book brings together years of historical research and passion for revealing the personalities, triumphs, and tragedies of the region.
“The Northeast Sector of the Lower Mainland has held an important place in our province’s history beginning with the earliest European exploration and creation of the new Colony of British Columbia,” says Drew. “As the fastest-growing part of the region, our area has a fascinating history that begs to be revealed to the thousands of new residents who are calling the Tri-Cities their home.”
The book traces the entire history of the region: its geological formation, settlement of the area by Coast Salish people, exploration by the Spanish and English, fortunes made and lost in the saw mills on the Inlet, loggers, the Buntzen Power Project, homesteaders, the “boom and bust” of the Ioco Townsite, and the memorable personalities like pioneering newspaper publisher ‘Ma’ Murray.
This program is part of the Canadian Library Month celebrations at the Port Moody Public Library. Drew will share some of the stories from the new book which will be available for purchase and signing by the author.
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