Our History Is Yours
The Kaatza Station Museum and Archives, governed by the Kaatza Historical Society, is housed in the original CP train station, built in 1913. We collect, conserve, catalogue, research, display and interpret the history of the Cowichan Lake area. This includes many communities, Youbou, Lake Cowichan, Mesachie Lake, Caycuse, and Honeymoon Bay.
The museum and archives place special emphasis on the forest industry and its contributions to developing the modern settlement of Lake Cowichan, with the inclusion of stories and displays focused on the ethnic minorities that played a vital part in the surrounding communities.
The museum complex includes a Rolling Stock Display featuring a Shay Locomotive, additional exterior displays such as forestry equipment, and the restored structures of the Bell Tower School and the Mesachie Lake School are also present. Plans are in progress to include additional displays with the involvement of the local First Nations.