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Lake Cowichan Railways

This exhibit features the history of Cowichan Lake railways such as the Lake Cowichan Subdivision of the E&N Railway, and the history of the various locomotives, rolling stock, and stations in the region. 

This exhibit also features a variety of physical items from the period such as luggage scales, ticket stubs, and old telephones and typewriters.


Pioneer Life

This exhibit shows what early European homes looked like in the Cowichan Lake region beginning in the late 1890s and running until the 1940s. The displays are largely a mix of model buildings/rooms filled with period correct items.

IWA Room

The IWA Room covers the history of the IWA (International Woodworkers of America) Union from its early foundations in the 1930s until the early 2000s. The IWA was the largest union in Canada and it was a significant actor in various worker and environmental affairs in BC.

These displays recreate an example of the general stores and post offices that would have existed in early 20th century Lake Cowichan.

Mill Room

The Mill Room features photographs, artifacts, and the history of the major mills in operation around Cowichan Lake.

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Bell Tower School

The Bell Tower School was the primary and largest school for Lake Cowichan beginning in 1923. The school currently houses additional archival records and a model classroom.

Mesachie School

Built in 1956, the museum grounds contain the Mesachie Lake School, renovated and preserved for museum use. Items such as a wall of chainsaws and Wilmer Gold's darkroom cart used in the 1940s are just a couple examples of what's on display.

WW2 and Lake Cowichan

This exhibit details the history of the RCAF within the Lake Cowichan area, including information and artifacts related to the numerous crashed planes found over the decades around the lake.

Main Lobby Displays

The main lobby is home to several displays relating to the history of Lake Cowichan and the surrounding region.

Examples include a display on the various clubs that have existed over the past century, and a display of various logging tools.

External Exhibits and Rolling Stock

Exhibits range from a Shay locomotive used by Comox Logging and Railway Co., to a CN Caboose from 1918. In addition there is a variety of logging and mining equipment spread around the museum grounds.

Mailing Room & General Store
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