For thousands of years, humans have studied trees to learn how they too can provide suitable housing for squirrels and grow lemons from their fingertips. Branch out with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $16 for two adult admissions with unlimited train rides (a $32 value)
- $27 for a family day pass, which includes admission and unlimited train rides for two adults or seniors and up to three kids (a $55 value)
BC Forest Discovery Centre
At the beginning of the 1960s, logging businessman Gerry Wellburn started collecting trains and forestry-related artifacts. He pulled locomotives from scrap yards and rescued tools that had been buried in the bush. Eventually, Gerry's collection grew large enough to spark discussions of him moving it to a site open to the viewing public. In 1965, he secured a six-acre property in Drinkwater, which just so happened to be the same location of Cowichan Valley's first public building—a combined schoolhouse and chapel.
Over the past six-plus decades, the museum has continued to grow, both in number of pieces and sheer size. Today, it stretches across a total of 100 acres on the Somenos marsh. Current exhibits continue to follow Gerry's original mission of honoring the past: You can check out logging machines, antique trains, and even intact bunkhouses, where loggers spent time ringing the guthammer and caring for their pet branches. Collections are located both indoors and outdoors. You can even hop on a historic train for a ride over the Somenos Lake trestle.
this is a facility that truly shows you the west coast logging industry. it is great for family and for children's parties.MichelleM167, TripAdvisor, 1/19/13
94% of 786 customers recommend
“Read the information on the posters and signs to enhance your experience. We enjoyed our visit but we didn't have enough time there.”
“Get for families and grandparents and grandchildren - good value for the money.”
“It is a great place for all ages. We especially love the train rides and the friendly helpful people who work there. We have been going for years and it looks...”
“It is a great place for all ages. We especially love the train rides and the friendly helpful people who work there. We have been going for years and it looks better and better each time we go.”
2892 Drinkwater Road
Duncan, British Columbia V9L 6C2