Logging the Flats: The Steam Era, 1910-1945


RSM by Alan Twigg October 2009 webpage

Photo credit: Alan Twigg

Time & Date: 7 pm, Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Location:  Rotary Gallery, Courtenay and District Museum
Speaker: Richard Mackie
Tickets: $5 per Historical Society member; $6 non-members (plus GST).  Advance tickets recommended. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

In this talk, richly illustrated with rare photos and maps, popular historian Richard Mackie will follow the Comox Logging & Railway Company as it logged 60,000 acres of Douglas-fir forest to the north of Courtenay and at Comox Lake in the era of highlead logging, 1910-1945.

Before trucks and chainsaws, Comox Logging’s workforce of 400 men used crosscut saws, donkeys, skidders, railways, cherry pickers, and steam locomotives to log “the flats” north of Courtenay.

Mackie will also reflect on the accuracy and charm of Bus Griffiths’ 1978 classic Now You’re Logging reprinted this year for its 35th Anniversary Edition by Harbour Publishing. A copy of Now You’re Logging will be awarded as a door prize to one lucky audience member.

Following the lecture, Mackie will be on hand to sign copies of his books. This award-winning author has composed a number of Comox Valley history books including The Wilderness Profound, Island Timber and Mountain Timber.

The Courtenay and District Museum is located at 207 Fourth Street in downtown Courtenay. FMI: 250-334-0686.