Here now is an image from the museum’s newest book Step into Wilderness – A Pictorial History of Outdoor Exploration in and around the Comox Valley.

Photo credit: Annie Sutherland was left to raise five children on her own after World War I. She supported her young family through informal nursing, cleaning and cooking, like at this board of trade trek into the mountains. Photo: 2000.119.4. Page 63.

Quote: “Over the years, the board of trade, today known as the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, has supported business on all levels, from roads and infrastructure to tourism and economic development. In 1922 alone, Comox Argus clippings reveal that the board of trade’s concerns ranged from dredging the Courtenay River and building a wharf on it to experimental farming, coastal steamships and shipping goods to Victoria, to name just a few.” Page 63.