BC Forest Discovery Centre

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2892 Drinkwater Road, Duncan, BC V9L 6C2 2892 Drinkwater Road, Duncan Directions
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This is a very good place to go for a fun and educational few hours appreciating an industry which is major in our neck of the woods, pun intended!
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Enjoyed taking the train ride with my Mom!
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Nice family outing. Lots of history.
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Go to the museum on Summer weekends or Christmas time to ride on the steam train. Still a great time!
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Prepare little ones for the noise (whistle etc).
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take a picnic lunch
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It is surprisingly informative, my kids r 8 and ten Almost too old for the train but old enough for the exhibits
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We had a nice time there, we went on the train and walked through the woods on the way back It was a nice day 😎 We will go back with the grandk
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Excellent and very interesting afternoon spent there with family from South Africa.
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Bring your lunch, they have picnic area, and for kids they can stay there for a whole day
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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 centre 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. Today, 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. While visiting the indoor and outdoor collections, you can even hop on a historic train for a ride over the Somenos Lake trestle.

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