Townsite Tales: The History of Ioco

New History Book Now Available

The new history book Townsite Tales: The History of Ioco was officially launched in October, and this latest work is now available for purchase –– the perfect gift solution for family and friends and any occasion!

Townsite Tales is follow-on research by Ralph Drew that covers the history of Ioco, Anmore Valley and the North Shore of Port Moody Arm. This book complements Forest & Fjord: The History of Belcarra that was awarded First Prize in 2013 by the B.C. Historical Federation as well as
The Lieutenant-Governor’s Gold Medal for historical writing in 2014.

MLA Linda Reimer's Statement Re Forest & Fjord

Townsite Tales: The History of Ioco

Townsite Tales covers the history of Ioco, Anmore Valley and the North Shore of Port Moody Arm, and brings life to this history with historical photographs which truly are 'worth a thousand words'. This latest book by Ralph Drew is the perfect gift solution for family and friends.

This new book begins with a description of the geological history that facilitated the settlement of Burrard Inlet and Port Moody Arm by the Coast Salish people, and the archaeological evidence attesting to their presence. The book also describes the exploration of Burrard Inlet by the English and Spanish in 1792, the first Europeans to explore Burrard Inlet.

The book describes the establishment of saw mills on the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in the 1860s and the associated settlement by mill workers. That development created a demand for logs which resulted in logging of the forests that surrounded Port Moody Arm, and the consequent appearance of the first European settlers.

Townsite Tales (ISBN 978-0-9813113-2-6) is both an 11" x 8˝" landscape-format hard-cover 'coffee table' book and a fully referenced and indexed history. The book is 364 pages overall and contains 300 historical photographs and images which brings life to Ioco and Port Moody Arm history, organized into 7 chapters:

  • Chapter 1 – Pre-Colonial Burrard Inlet
  • Chapter 2 – 19th Century Port Moody Arm
  • Chapter 3 – Logging of the North Shore & Buntzen Valley
  • Chapter 4 – Early North Shore Development
  • Chapter 5 – Settlement of the Anmore Valley
  • Chapter 6 – Imperial Oil Company Refinery
  • Chapter 7 – Ioco Townsite

Order now to secure your copy of Townsite Tales, and order additional copies to give as gifts for family and friends. The book can be purchased by an email Interact e-Transfer to the author (or mailing a cheque payable to the author) for $49.95 plus 5% GST ($2.50) = $52.45 plus $16.50 for shipping via Canada Post (within Canada, west of Winnipeg) to:

Ralph Drew, 3772 Marine Avenue, Belcarra, BC, V3H 4R9

For purchase inquiries, either email Ralph Drew or telephone: 604-937-0143.

Townsite Tales: The History of Ioco

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