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Chemainus – Vancouver Island’s Cinderella town

It’s known on Vancouver Island as The Little Town That Did, and boy, did it ever! Located on the east coast mid-way between Victoria and Nanaimo, the small town of Chemainus rose from the ashes of a floundering forest industry … Continue reading

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Cumberland’s Chinatown and Japanese Town

They did their best, but unfortunately the efforts of the citizens of Cumberland to preserve an important cultural heritage site were unsuccessful. As a result there is very little left of the community’s historic Chinatown and No.1 Japanese Town. We … Continue reading

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Cowichan’s bucolic splendour reveals an historic footnote at Fairbridge Farm School

What would it have been like, I found myself wondering, to be a young urban child taken from home and family in England and plunked in to the middle of a lonely rural setting at Cowichan Station near Duncan?  I … Continue reading

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Sooke Region Museum yields up intriguing history of Island’s southwest coast

Who knew?  We certainly had no idea that there had been a minor gold rush on Vancouver Island. And, while I was very aware of the Graveyard of the Pacific, where hundreds of ships foundered and many lives were lost, … Continue reading

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There’s more to tiny Union Bay than meets the eye

Who’d have thought?  Murder and mayhem?   A world-class hotel? A bustling port shipping coal to the world? Union Bay has had them all over the past century – hard to believe when you arrive in the sleepy village hugging the … Continue reading

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