The autumn season has arrived, and the vibrant colours surround me as I walk the Grand Boulevard in North Vancouver, once known as “The Broadest City Avenue in America”.
The Grand Boulevard was featured as the North Shore’s Own Champs Elysées.
This story begins in 1908, when the North Vancouver Land and Improvement Company cleared a 1.5km x 100 meter ribbon of woods to create the boulevard with an area the size of 30 football fields. Plans were to create a prestigious residential area that would offer all the modern conveniences, magnificent views, open spaces with electric railway cars running the whole length of the Boulevard.
In the early days, sales of lots along the Grand Boulevard were sluggish, but time moved on. The houses were built, and the community grew. One hundred years have passed and those who envisioned the Grand Boulevard have left a legacy without knowing the end of the story. They contributed to future generations as if putting a stamp on the potential of tomorrow.
Now, it is our turn!
Leaving a legacy means that our life matters today, that the future is possible, and that the next generation will build upon our hopes and efforts. That gives me great comfort.