Naavy Jack Thomas is believed to be the very first European resident to call West Vancouver home. Things have changed substantially since 1872, about the time when Naavy Jack purchased approximately 80 acres of prime wooded water frontage stretching from what is now 21st Street to about 16th. I would sure like to be the Real Estate Agent who sells 80 Acres of prime West Vancouver waterfront today....wow!
Born in Wales in the 1830's, Jack made his way to BC by way of the Royal Navy in 1860 and settled in Northern BC. Eventually he made it down to the North Shore where he became very well known for the quality of his river-washed gravel used as a major component for concrete. This fine gravel still uses his name today in the Vancouver building trade! Naavy Jack's success led to the purchase of the gorgeous waterfront property where he built a home in 1873 that still stands today at 1768 Argyle. Though this home has been modified many times, the original home design was well before its time.
Thanks to pioneers like Naavy Jack Thomas we now live in a community rich with history and unparalled beauty. For more information please click on the link below, and the next time you are on the Seawall make sure to stop for a few minutes to take a closer look at his home...as well as just how much land was originally his!
Jesse Dean Cook