|This really did enlighten me on the|
pioneering days and what it was like
to come from Scotland and make your
way - yes, he was one tough individual ...
but I learnt a lot of history, geography etc
My interest in the area was reading about how Robert Dunsmuir (1825 - 1889) came out from Scotland in 1850 ... first travelling to Fort Vancouver, before moving to the north of the Island, then to the Union Bay area.
|I couldn't borrow it - as this was the|
only copy - many wanted to read it - and
sadly many have gone awol - henc the notice
|Beach 'midden' remnants littering the shoreline|
c/o Island Nature - Union Bay Coal Hills
It is slowly being reclaimed ... but apart from huge logging booms in the deepwater Bay ... the area is now noted for its mussel, clam and oyster beds ... as well as fresh crabs ...
|A beach full of mussels and mussel beds ...|
it was a cool day ... but the coastline here on the west coast
is full of bays, inlets etc ...
Robert Dunsmuir enjoyed the high life after his hard work ... yet never managed to let go ... his fortune has gone, but he is remembered for opening up Vancouver Island ...
So tomorrow we go from here 'U' for Union Bay, Vancouver Island and its reincarnation in the 21st century to Vancouver itself on the mainland.