Interesting stories and tidbits giving us a glimpse into the lives and events of the Cowichan Lake Area thoughout the years. 

Cowichan Lake life in the 1950s


Lake Cowichan Gazette  July 18, 2012

"Those Lake People", by Lynne Bowen, has suddenly had a resurgence in interest because of our 75th.  It's an interesting read and can be checked out at our local library - or downloaded as an e-book. 

What was community life like in Lake Cowichan 'back in the day'?

 "If a town needed a new facility, the community would come together to supply the labour and the funds, and a logging company would often step in with equipment and supplies."

U.F.O. Sighting

"Personal Experience with an UFO"

Experienced and written by Constance E. Cross

November 1948

The History of Cowichan Lake Research Station

An interesting read by Ralph Schmidt from June, 1992. Here's an excerpt from page 17...

"It was also during the 1950's that the Civil Defense Organization of the provincial government decided that the Cowichan Lake station was sufficiently remote to provide safe refuge for the cabinet in case a serious threat of atomic bomb attack occurred. The Reforestation Division was tagged with the responsibility of maintaining a large stock of canned goods at all times. It was also stipulated that the stock be inventoried and replenished monthly. This inventory usually required the better part of a day for two people. Finally, in 1972, Ingemar Karlsson quietly eliminated this practice, and no one in Victoria ever noticed that it had come to an end"

The Pioneer Banquet was touted as "one of the most historically important events to take place in our community. 

It was also the year the Lake Cowichan community hall, Centennial Hall, was built, mostly by volunteer fundraising and labour.

Note: In my research of historical events of Lake Cowichan, it's apparent that many important buildings were built "by volunteer fundraising and labour" 

Fritz Perls described himself as a “mediocre psychoanalyst” who became “the possible creator of a ‘new’ method of treatment” – Gestalt Therapy. His wife described him as half prophet, half bum.

How did the name "The Hundred Houses" come about?

Two stories for you this week! 


In the first one, The Original Community Hall, a United Church missionary thought the town needed a place to gather - and with the help of volunteers made it happen! 

Did you know we used to have a movie theatre? The second story is about The Old Lake Theatre - another story of community gathering (and young boys being pranksters!)

*  First Main Road to the Lake

* The Remittance Man


Lake Cowichan Serpent

Written by Matthew Bystedt

History of Lake Cowichan

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