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Historical Moment Jan. 28

Foresters at the first Recreation Hall in Chemainus in the early 1900s. Situated across and just above the tracks, halfway up the hill to St. Joseph’s, was the Employees Recreation Hall, built in 1896, with the land and material given by the mill. Jan. 1, 1897 was the grand opening ball with sleighs arriving with guests from Duncan, Maple Bay and Westholme. It was used for sports, had a bowling alley, concerts, card games and dances. Next to it was a dining room and eventually the town movie theatre. (Photo courtesy of the Chemainus Valley Historical Society)

Don Bodger

The Courier

Foresters and Recreation Hall served many purposes in the early days of Chemainus

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