Retrace your steps towards the Seaside Cottages (3) and turn right, down Union Road towards the Lagoon Causeway (5).Based on 1937 map.
At the Lagoon may be seen spawning salmon, various migratory birds, ducks and geese, kingfishers, herons, otters and beavers.
Lagoon Trail to Bridal Veil Falls
At the beginning of the causeway, look carefully by the weeping willow tree on the left and you might see the beginning of the old trail.
The Lagoon Trail was a scenic walk to Bridal Veil Falls. At one time, rustic cedar rails lined the walkway. It was built in a Japanese garden style by skilled workers employed by Captain Cates.
Proceed onto the Causeway
The causeway we see today was built by the Union Steamship Company in 1925 to link the hotel grounds with Snug Cove. The first settlers crossed by boat or a huge log which spanned the water. Before the concrete causeway was built, camping along the foreshore of what became the lagoon was very popular.
In the 1890’s, Joseph Mannion operated a brickyard on this site which supplied bricks for a growing Vancouver. His bricks were described as “an excellent article” in the Vancouver Daily News, November 11, 1890. At first, horses were used to run the machinery and later a steam plant was installed.
Following the closure of the brick clay operation, the site was converted to what became playing field #1 and then site of the popular bandshell.