Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

Speaker: Michael Layland

Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 5.

In 1842, when explorer James Douglas encountered the rugged natural paradise that would become Vancouver Island, he described it as “a perfect Eden.” This talk, based on Layland’s book of the same name, will touch on the early recorded histories and personal accounts left by Chinese seafarers, Spanish and British naval officers, traders seeking sea otter pelts, colonial surveyors, as well as soldiers, settlers, and other adventurers, starting from many centuries ago up to 1858.

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This presentation is made possible with financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada.