I like to know what the history of things that I’m looking at so I did some research into the Clayburn, and Kilgard bricks that are scattered on the shore of Nanoose Bay at the site where the Red Gap sawmill once stood.
In 1905 John Charles MacClure founded the Vancouver Fireclay Company Ltd. and established a brickworks in the newly created village of Clayburn, forty miles east of Vancouver. In 1909 the firm’s name was changed to Clayburn Company (which had also been adopted as the brand name of one of the firm’s major lines of brick).
After a period of expansion Clayburn purchased its nearby rival, Kilgard Fireclay Company, in 1918. Dual operations continued at both the Clayburn plant, which specialized in brick, and the Kilgard plant, which specialized in clay tiles and pipe, until 1930 when the plant at Clayburn was abandoned and the Kilgard plant was enlarged to accommodate brick manufacturing.
And there’s the story of the bricks on the beach in Nanoose where the Red Gap sawmill was