Fog, Ice and Snow are very much a part of this area … we need transport to get around ... ships, trails, roads, rail and now air ...
... the weather could be much more extreme … mostly it’s tolerable – occasionally
it becomes severe, which can upset a few
|Sorry - I've enlarged it ... so out of focus ...|
... but you can see some of the ferry routes -
Mill Bay to Brentwood is bottom middle
(this is zone 1 map - see Wiki BC Ferries)
Travel used to be by sloop, steamer, ox wagon, horse ride, or just two feet to get to and fro from the capital Victoria …
|Bringing struts across Kinsol Trestle for repairs|
|Repairs are needed ... but they're starting on the|
|Malahat - unmetalled road in 1917|
Freighters supplied the coastal communities with grain, hay, fish, livestock … the SS Cascade was one of those - being built in 1906 – it plied its route for 13 years.
|1928 SS Cascade coming into Brentwood Bay Dock|
After WW1 it was sold and changed into a coal transporter travelling between Union Bay, Nanaimo and down to Seattle. Occasionally also supplying
|Very early steam ship|
Two Royal Navy officers, after WW1, saw an opening for a ferry service, which began in 1924. They adapted the SS Cascade … advertised the savings in mileage for intrepid road tourists …
|The intention was to bring the railway to the Bute inlet -|
it runs through Kamloops now, then south to Vancouver
The west coast of Canada, and Vancouver Islands – were new lands to explore and find out about … Victoria the capital was well known … but to promote the rest of the Island … potential investors, settlers, tourists … needed to see as much as they could …
|Closer view of Bute inlet and the intricacies of the|
British Columbian coastline adjacent to
… this place of beauty, the climate, ideal weather, wildlife to see, fishing, camping and hiking opportunities, let alone the tiny inlets and bays for the sailing fraternity …
|The Sunken Garden|
… new places too – Mr Butchart’s Garden, which I’ve yet to write up about, or the Observatory which has escaped my wanderings, the Saanich peninsula …
... the airport, or any form of airfield, only arrived in 1939 … so the peninsula was another area to explore when motoring was becoming ubiquitous … using the ferry saved a second road journey over the Malahat … not tarmacked until 1940 …
|The old advert shown today on the ferry |
- dated 1930s
Most of the time all was well … but in 1926 … it was so cold there were mini ice floes around … the ferry continued to run – to get passengers over to the Valley … as the Malahat would have been impenetrable …
|Tug boat pushing log raft off|
The Bamberton tug pushed ahead of the ferry, which ploughed on through six inches of ice … but … a huge chunk must have struck the ship’s bow tearing a hole in her hull.
|SS Cascade awaiting a refit 1933|
Fortunately a man on watch discovered that water was coming up the ship’s well … the captain immediately turned back, safely disgorged his passengers and cars …
… but nothing could be done for the ferry – she sank alongside the wharf – was repaired and restored back into service …
|Ferry Terminal in Victoria in the 1920s|
… it’s a delightful journey … a maximum of 22 cars (no lorries) – depending on the size can be carried … 200 vehicles a day compared to the 25,000 vehicles that daily ply the Malahat in 2018.
|Cowichan Bay November 2018 - which can be frozen over ...|
salt water does not freeze so quickly ... there's a lot of fresh
water here - hence the salmon boats.
As was advertised back in the 1920s … two lovely scenic drives of the Island are linked together … so the same road need not be travelled twice in order to see Victoria and its hinterland – returning home in time for supper or dinner.
At times the weather defeats us all … Cowichan Bay can get frozen … with farm vehicles taking the ice across to Genoa Bay avoiding the road home …
Fog, snow and ice prevail to make life very difficult – that any alternative help is much appreciated … ie not taking the Malahat – which now has a ‘by-law’ recommending that winter tyres are used, and that vehicles should carry chains …
I’m not quite sure where this series is taking me – there will be one more … as I want to note a few things of interest that interact with this series and correct a few minor inconsistencies …
|Cowichan Valley looking south|
It’s not the easiest place to explain how it worked, might have worked, or did work … or how it all happened to be the wonderful place we know today …
So for now … what will winter this year hold in store for present day Islanders ... but I will continue to enjoy its seafood!
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