This seemed a good choice for 'U' - as it tells the tale of an area born on coal, being wound down when the coal ran out then being reborn with new development on the coal slack mound deposits ...
Union village, now called Cumberland, was named after the Union Coal Company ... which in turn was named in honour of the 1871 Union of British Columbia with Canada.
|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.
Dunsmuir's mentor returned to Scotland, but Robert carried on working for the Hudson Bay Company negotiating with Governor Douglas to operate on his own behalf, further south on the Island.
|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
I drove up to Union Bay - its interesting history almost obscured by time - but I'm still enamoured with it ... and now I know the area - will return in due course.
Remnants of the area's historic use as a coal shipping terminal between 1888 and the 1960s can be found in the Bay ... black rock, pilings, bricks, rusting metal ... an industrial midden - which will await future archaeologists.
|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.
That is U for the unique Union Bay ... from Aspects by a British 'girl' in Canada ...
'Midden' photo from Island Nature - wonderful photography and pertinent tales ...
The Dunsmuir Saga book by Terry Reksten ... brings their history to life - which covers the pioneering days here on the Island, together with changes occurring in the last 170 years ...it was a fortuitous 2nd hand buy in the very local bookstore.
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