Logging was the main economic driver of the Comox Valley from 1860-1960. Photo courtesy Courtenay & District Museum 2000.158.41

Logging was the main economic driver of the Comox Valley from 1860-1960. Photo courtesy Courtenay & District Museum 2000.158.41

Museum lecture discusses the history of logging in the Comox Valley

Richard Mackie presents “Logging the Valley: A Century of Stories”

Vancouver historian Richard Mackie returns to the Courtenay Museum lecture series with “Logging the Valley: A Century of Stories” on Thursday, May 24 starting at 7 p.m.

Logging was the motor and engine of the Comox Valley economy between the 1860s and the 1960s. Practically everyone in the Valley was drawn into it somehow, directly or indirectly.

Mackie will tap into a rich seam of stories – humorous, profound, and suggestive – of a century when the Valley’s old growth forests sustained the communities of Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland and Merville.

In this talk, Mackie will present stories about logging in the Comox Valley drawn from his books, The Wilderness Profound (1995), Island Timber (2000) and Mountain Timber (2009).

Mackie is an award-winning author who lives in Vancouver. He is the editor of the online journal, The Ormsby Review.

Admission to the evening is $5 per Historical Society member. Non-members are $6, plus GST.

Advance tickets are strongly recommended as the museum lecture series frequently sells out.

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 250-334-0686 ext. 5.

The Courtenay and District Museum is located at 207 Fourth Street.