Category Archives: and now you know

BC Highway 19 – Corcan Road bridge

Looking down Island to the north In case you’ve ever wondered what Highway 19 looks like from the Corcan Road bridge, well, I shot a pair of images, and now you know… Looking up Island to the south Related Posts:Highway … Continue reading

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Elk Falls Mill pipeline

I’ve been fortunate to have been able to get a look at the wood stave low-pressure sections of the penstock pipelines for the Puntledge and John Hart power stations, the old Victoria water supply pipeline, and this little wood stave … Continue reading

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The mysterious dome

The mysterious dome… You may have noticed this large dome-shaped structure if you drive Highway 19 north of Campbell River – I have, and I was really curious as to what it is used for. After a bit of research, … Continue reading

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Port Alberni lighthouse

The lighthouse in Port Alberni sure looks like a lighthouse, and arguably it is a lighthouse, but it only illuminates it’s lamp during the daytime as it would annoy local homeowners at night. This may sound rather odd, but the … Continue reading

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Seagulls or Sea Gulls?

Seagulls or Sea Gulls? What most people refer to as seagulls or sea gulls are actually birds in the scientifically classified family Laridae- the gull and tern” family with more than 35 species in it. Gulls at Point Holmes, but … Continue reading

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Nystar Mine – core samples

You may have noticed the rows of sheds if you’ve driven  through Stratchona Provincial Park on your way to the Myra Falls trailhead. They contain carefully labeled boxes full of rock core samples from with the mines in the Nystar … Continue reading

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The world’s largest burl?

The world’s second largest burl – Port McNeill The world’s second largest burl (formerly the largest burl) is located in Port McNeill. It was cut from the base of a 351-year-old Sitka Spruce tree in 1976, about 40 kilometers southwest … Continue reading

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Hydrostatic Releases

Hydrostatic releases on one of the BC Ferries Hydrostatic releases are handy little devices are used to automatically deploy inflatable life rafts when a ship sinks. Water pressure activates the device when it descends 1.5m below the surface, and when … Continue reading

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E&N signs – Two diamonds

The two diamonds indicate that there is an obstruction close to the track – in this case, a power pole and then a chain link fence. Related Posts:E&N – signs – Two black circlesRideau Hall – Mungo Martin Totem poleIsland … Continue reading

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E&N signs – W

You may have seen one of these whiteboard signs with a W on it – W signs are called whistle posts, and they are usually located at highway-rail grade crossings. In general, locomotive horns must be be sounded at all … Continue reading

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