A new book from the West Vancouver Historical Society, Spring 2022, by Rod Day, PhD

INSIDE WEST VANCOUVER by Rod Day is a unique history of the people, politics, and planning that helped shape West Vancouver as we know it today. Rod Day writes from the inside, drawing on his lived experience as municipal councilor and member of advisory commissions  for over 30 years. A historian and professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University, Rod researched extensively in the West Vancouver Archives and consulted many personal documents he had kept over the years. 

By illuminating the interplay and tensions between active citizens and local government in West Vancouver, the book provides insight into one of the greatest challenges facing communities everywhere- how to retain environmental and community values in the face of intense pressures for growth and development.


Charles Rod Day - Author and Municipal Councilor

Rod Day was municipal councillor in West Vancouver for 16 years from 1987 to 1996 and from 2003 to 2008.  When not on Council, he served 15 years in various advisory committees, mainly Planning, Design and Parks.  From the 1970s through the first decade of the 21st century, he was involved in almost every aspect of municipal life.  He is thus able to provide unique insights into the evolution of West Vancouver from a village of waterfront cottages to an upscale residential community.  He emphasizes the role of citizens groups, advisory committees, and volunteers who devoted themselves to careful planning to preserve the natural beauty of the community.

A trained historian, Rod did extensive research in the West Vancouver archives and used his own collection of documents.  As a result, the book provides important insights into the history of West Vancouver and into local history generally.

Rod is the former president of the West Vancouver Historical Society.  He is professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University in History and was educated at Stanford University (BA) and Harvard University (MA, PHD).


Caulfeild Cove

Ambleside Beach and the Lions Gate Bridge

Overview of West Vancouver

Lighthouse Park Point Atkinson

How to Buy a Book

There are two ways to buy a book:

1. Via Paypal or credit card from the West Van Historical Website. 

2.By mail: fill out the form on the right and send a check for $30 ($25 plus $5 for postage) to the West Vancouver Historical Society at 680 17th Street, West Vancouver, V7V 3T2

Price: $ 30.00