John Lawson Park on the beach in West Vancouver is a huge part of the history and heritage of the area. In 1872, Navy Jack Thomas, West Vancouver’s first non-native resident, built his home there and in 1905, John Lawson, the “father” of West Vancouver, settled in the same home with his family. The park has been a favourite spot for West and North Vancouver residents for many generations and even one of our Tamlin employees has fond memories of spending time there as a child.

Tamlin was excited to have the chance to work with the District of West Vancouver and Crag’s End Construction to add a Timber Frame picnic shelter to this iconic park.

Like all of Tamlin’s timber structures, this was hand crafted out of our gorgeous coastal Douglas fir and test fitted at our factory before being taken down for shipping and assembly on site.


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Tamlin provided a timber frame crew and supervisor to work with the Crag’s End crew to make sure the installation went quickly and without incident. To ensure that the picnic shelter was installed to meet the completion date, we pre-stained all the timber and douglas fir roof boards, as well as the western red cedar fascia and trim at the factory. All that was required on site was 1 finish coat. This shelter was designed with two skylights that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but placed to allow light without letting in direct sunlight.

With many more generations of families enjoying the park, we are sure that this picnic shelter will get lots of use for the years to come.


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