Category Archives: history

Loon Lake

The E&N rail line is widely know as connecting Courtenay and Victoria, but there’s also the Port Alberni Sub, a 39 mile long branch line that runs from Parksville, over the Alberni Summit,  to Port Alberni. The E&N trestle over … Continue reading

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Vanishing Vancouver Island

Although this is a nice shot of a Helijet Sikorski S-76A transitioning into a ground effect hover at the Nanaimo flight centre, what you can’t see is actually the focus of the image. The Western Forest Products’ sawmill buildings and … Continue reading

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MV Tenaka

Tenaka in Port Alberni – across from Lady Rose Marine Services Tenaka is a former B.C. Ferries vessel used on the Quadra Island-Cortes Island route. She was purchased by Lady Rose Marine Services in April 2016. Related Posts:Lady Rose Marine … Continue reading

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Field sawmill wharf

Field sawmill wharf – Courtenay River In September 2017, Project Watershed and the K’ómoks First Nation reached an agreement with Interfor to purchase and restore the former Field sawmill site on the Courtenay River near the 17th street bridge. Kus-kus-sum … Continue reading

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Bevan – No. 7 Coal Mine

Nature recovering the ruins of the No. 7 Coal Mine in Bevan Related Posts:No. 8 MineCumberland No. 7 MineNo 5 MineNo Coal

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Back to the hatchery – Headquarters Creek

I decided to head back to the Headquarters Creek hatchery to see what had changed since my last visit, almost exactly four years ago in January 2014. Of course, I picked a rainy day, not that I really had a … Continue reading

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Tsolum River Facility

Tsolum River Facility – Headquarters Creek The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Tsolum River Facility is one of those places that are just a bit difficult to find, partly because it is actually located on Headquarters Creek, but more so … 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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Lady Rose Marine Services MV Tenaka

Tenaka in Port Alberni Tenaka is a former B.C. Ferries vessel used on the Quadra Island-Cortes Island route. She was purchased by Lady Rose Marine Services in April 2016. Related Posts:M/V Frances BarkleyFrances BarkleyPort Alberni QuayFrances Barkley

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Headquarters – old cans

I spotted a splash of blue while poking about in the area between the old Headquarters power station and the Tsolum River – being me I had to take a look to see what it was. A can – and … Continue reading

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