Hollyburn by Francis Mansbridge


Francis Mansbridge

by Francis Mansbridge


  • Autumn 2008
  • ISBN 978-1-55380-062-0
  • ebook ISBN 978-1-55380-390-4
  • PDF ISBN 978-1-55380-391-1
  • 7-1/2″ x 10″ Trade Paperback, 210 pages
  • History, West Coast

This is the first book to be published on the rich and diverse history of Hollyburn, the forested, mountainous area above West Vancouver. Numerous photographs, most of which are published here for the first time, provide a visual appeal which evokes the spirit of earlier times.

The history takes us from the First Nations people who used Hollyburn’s natural resources in their culture for hundreds of years through the 1870s when loggers began attacking the slopes, to be followed in the early twentieth century by skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts. World class skiers, especially ski jumpers, honed their skills here in the 1930s and 1940s. Many built cabins, creating a community of weekend refugees from the growing urban clutter that still exists.

For much of the postwar period, activity has focussed on Hollyburn’s Cypress area, whose position as the downhill venue of choice for the North Shore won it the right to stage freestyle skiing and snow boarding in the 2010 Winter Olympics. The resurgence of interest in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing has made the original Hollyburn area one of the most popular locales for these activities in North America.

Hollyburn’s combination of natural beauty and proximity to a large urban centre has provided a stage where many of the dialogues that have shaped our priorities for the environment have been played out. Struggles among those with different visions for the use of this land continue today.

“I am delighted that the rich and diverse history of Hollyburn/Cypress is now being made available to the wider audience it deserves. Our pioneers have made current achievements possible, including events of the 2010 Winter Olympics.”
—Linda Swain, General Manager, Cypress Mountain


Reviews & Awards

Received Vancouver West Heritage Award

“The work is up to the usual high standards of Ronsdale Press . . . This book does a good job of documenting this history and giving credit to the people who made it possible.”
British Columbia History

“fascinating history of the recreational use of the mountainous Hollyburn area above West Vancouver”
BC Studies