Author and Historian, John Atkin, will explore the headline that described BC as the “Lumberyard of the World”. Vancouver and its sawmills’ products enjoyed a worldwide reputation. Local mills’ products could be found in places as diverse as Great Britain, Egypt and South Africa. In China there was a special order in 1881 for roof beams for the rebuilding of Beijing’s Forbidden City. The forest that once blanketed Vancouver drew non-native settlement to this area and gave birth to the modern city. From a single mill on Burrard Inlet to over 15 mills producing an astounding volume of cut lumber; it’s hard to imagine the immensity of the industry here.
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