Rural heritage to be celebrated in 2017

Island organization has launched a project to celebrate the roots and heritage in some of the oldest rural communities on Vancouver Island.

With Canada’s 150th birthday coming up in 2017 an Island organization has launched a project to celebrate the roots and heritage in some of the oldest rural communities on Vancouver Island.

“It’s our chance to remember the past, honour the sacrifices of those before us, and to leave a legacy for future generations,” says Laurie Gourlay, president of the Vancouver Island and Coast Society.

The Heritage Lands of Cedar, Yellow Point, North Oyster, South Wellington, Cassidy and Chase River are the focus of the 2017 initiative.

The non-profit society takes pride in celebrating traditional harvests of the coast’s shellfish along with the salmon runs, rolling fields of hay, coal mines and forestry which have sustained many generations here on the mid-coast of Vancouver Island.

Three Heritage Projects have been chosen for 2017, with input from the community over the past year:

• A Heritage Book, featuring local interviews, photographs and local stories ‘of the old days’.

• Community Welcome signs to be constructed …along with benches and heritage gardens to enjoy the views.

• A Heritage Sports Day & Celebration, with an old-time recipe bake-off, BBQ, and 5 cent lemonade.

More information at viccs@shaw.ca or viccs.vcn.bc.ca.