An ugly cement structure sat overlooking Indian Arm at the end of North Vancouver’s Malcolm Lowry Trail. It looked like something built during WWII, but it was dated 1916. When Robert Dollar came from California, he constructed this mill site which included homes for key employers and bunk beds for the mill workers. While this was a large operation, all that remained when I visited, was the burner foundation.
Hiking the remaining forests in the region, it was clear most of the trees were not the giants Dollar exploited. Large tree stumps were all that remain both in North Vancouver and Port Moody where Dollar stripped the forests for timber.
The cedars and Douglas firs of today, still have another 400 years to catch up with the trees downed last century.