Categories: CommunityHome

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

Don Bodger

Leave a Comment
Published by
Don Bodger

Recent Posts

Brother charged with murder Chemainus teenager’s Ontario death

Jesse James Allen stands accused in the death of Wayne Allen, a 2020 Chemainus Secondary…

30 mins ago

VIDEO: Vancouver officers under review for allegedly laughing, taking pictures next to dead body

Two officers were caught on video by a local beachgoer Wednesday morning in Stanley Park

40 mins ago

‘Stay local’: Dr. Henry shoots down spring break travel for British Columbians

B.C. is reportedly working with other provincial governments to determine March break policies

2 hours ago

Victim identified in Valentine’s Day Chemainus hit-and-run

Kim McGregor grew up in Chemainus and had recently returned to be close to his…

2 hours ago

B.C. youth calls 911 after accruing $7K in online gaming charges

‘Police spoke with the student about appropriate times to call 911’

2 hours ago

OP-ED: 1 year into pandemic, B.C.’s tourism sector hopes for a light at the end of the tunnel

Only about 17 per cent of businesses have been operating as usual in B.C.

2 hours ago