Lund, British Columbia

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Lund
unincorporated village
Lund is located in British Columbia
Lund
Lund
Location of Lund within British Columbia
Coordinates: 49°58′00″N 124°46′00″W / 49.96667°N 124.76667°W / 49.96667; -124.76667
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Regional District Powell River
Founded 1889 (1889)
Government
 • MP John Weston (Conservative)
 • MLA Nicholas Simons (NDP)
Area
 • Total 10.38 km2 (4.01 sq mi)
Population (2006-05-16)
 • Total 243
 • Density 23/km2 (61/sq mi)
  per BCStats 2006 Census Profile
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Postal code V0N 2G0
Area code(s) 604

Lund is a small craft harbour and unincorporated village in Powell River District, British Columbia, Canada. It is located along the northern part of the Strait of Georgia on the mainland BC coast. The main landmark in the village is the Lund Hotel, established in 1905. By boat from Lund, the Copeland Islands (Copeland Islands Marine Provincial Park) and Desolation Sound, (which includes Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park) are nearby. Lund is home to many shops and services including a general store, a restaurant overlooking the water, kayak and adventure tourism stores, and Nancy's Bakery, a favorite of locals as well as tourists.

History[edit]

Lund was named by brothers Frederick and Charles Thulin when they settled at the harbour in December 1889. It was named after Lund, Sweden from where they came.[1] When they arrived, there were native homes around the harbour.[2] The Thulins built a store and in 1892 a post office was added followed by the first licenced hotel north of Vancouver two years later. Logging and fishing were the source of income in the early years. Transportation was by water. A second hotel, called the Malaspina, was built by the Thulins. When the original hotel was destroyed by a forest fire in 1918, the newer hotel, which continues to operate in the village to this day, was renamed the Lund Hotel. A paved road leading south to Vancouver was completed in 1954 and coastal steamer service ended two years later. The original wharf built by the Thulins was damaged by a storm in 1954 and replaced by a government wharf.[2]

Transportation[edit]

Lund is the northern terminus of Highway 101. The highway is locally known as the Sunshine Coast Highway. Powell River is 22 kilometres (14 mi) south by road, from where BC Ferries offers service to Comox on Vancouver Island to the west across the Strait of Georgia. Transportation is also available from Powell River by private aircraft or scheduled service with Pacific Coastal Airlines, which offers half-hour flights to Vancouver. Road access to Vancouver to the south involves two ferry crossings of fjords along the Sunshine Coast.

Lund harbour provides marine vessel access including regular water taxi service to Savary Island and is accessible by chartered float plane.

Government and politics[edit]

As an unincorporated community, municipal government is provided by the Powell River Regional District.

Lund is part of the West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country federal riding. John Weston, of the Conservative Party is the Member of Parliament. He was first elected to represent the riding in the 2008 election.

Nicholas Simons of the NDP was elected to represent Lund as part of the Powell River-Sunshine Coast constituency in the 2005 BC general election and re-elected in 2009.

Docks at Lund Harbour

References[edit]

  1. ^ Akrigg, G.P.V.; Akrigg, Helen B (1973) [1969]. 1001 British Columbia Place Names (3rd [rev.] ed.). Vancouver: Discovery Press. p. 106. OCLC 923074. 
  2. ^ a b White, Howard, ed. (1994). "Shirley Corbett". Raincoast Chronicles Eleven Up. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing. pp. 33, 36. ISBN 978-1-55017-105-1. OCLC 30664446. 
  • "Lund, UNP" (PDF). 2006 Census Profile - Summary Version. BCStats. 2009-08-26. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 

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