Rolli Gunderson

Circa 1990–Village of Lake Cowichan councillor Earle Darling and village clerk Pat Akerly (1986 to 1990). Darling served as town councillor from 1984 to 1990 and mayor from 1991 to 1996.

Rolli’s Pages of History: 1990–a blast from our past

Rolli Gunderson reviews the events and happenings of 1990.

Circa 1990–Village of Lake Cowichan councillor Earle Darling and village clerk Pat Akerly (1986 to 1990). Darling served as town councillor from 1984 to 1990 and mayor from 1991 to 1996.
England

Remembrance Day: Diary of a War Bride–Sailing to Canada

Rolli Gunderson shares the diary entries of a war bride who came to Canada in the 1940s.

England
17-year-old Lawrence Elves and his sister Verna in 1915

Remembrance Day: 100 years since the start of WWI

Rolli Gunderson discusses the anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.

17-year-old Lawrence Elves and his sister Verna in 1915

Remembrance Day: Death touches Cowichan Lake during WWII

Rolli Gunderson discusses the young men from around Cowichan Lake who fought and died in World War Two

Photo circa 1983. Seven candidates all vying for positions on town council ready themselves to deliver their speeches at the local all-candidates meeting which is held before every election. From left: 23-year-old Rik Elves (believed to have been the youngest person to run for local office)

Rolli Gunderson: Names and faces from past elections

Rolli Gunderson shares names and faces from past elections in Lake Cowichan

Photo circa 1983. Seven candidates all vying for positions on town council ready themselves to deliver their speeches at the local all-candidates meeting which is held before every election. From left: 23-year-old Rik Elves (believed to have been the youngest person to run for local office)
During the late 1990's

Rolli: What a difference a decade makes

Rolli Gunderson details the differences between Lake Cowichan in 1994 and 2014.

During the late 1990's
On its way to Youbou

From rails to trails

Rolli Gunderson continues to discuss the history of the railways, detailing how they've been turned into hiking trails.

On its way to Youbou
In March of 1988 the last run of the Canadian National Railway (CNR) train from Youbou paused on the overpass (and cement pedestrian tunnel) that spanned South Shore Road in the heart of the village of Lake Cowichan. It was the end of an era that began in 1925 when the first CNR train arrived in Youbou. Long since removed

All aboard the last train from Youbou

In March 1988 the last train from Youbou moved slowly through town on its final run before hastening on into oblivion.

In March of 1988 the last run of the Canadian National Railway (CNR) train from Youbou paused on the overpass (and cement pedestrian tunnel) that spanned South Shore Road in the heart of the village of Lake Cowichan. It was the end of an era that began in 1925 when the first CNR train arrived in Youbou. Long since removed
LCSS students’ council class reps for the 1988-1989 school year. Sitting left to right; Jim Coughlan (treasurer)

No plans yet for 1989 grad class reunion

This June marks the 25th anniversary of the Lake Cowichan Secondary School’s Class of 1989

LCSS students’ council class reps for the 1988-1989 school year. Sitting left to right; Jim Coughlan (treasurer)
The Madonna’s”

Lake Cowichan trivia, interesting milestones

In years past, Lake Cowichan’s main street, known to all as South Shore Road, was called Riverside Drive.

The Madonna’s”
Built in 1930

Seniors’ centre has long been the site of community events

Years before Cowichan Lake District Seniors Centre was built, the property was occupied by the village’s first community hall.

Built in 1930
Gordon’s Store once sat on the site of today’s Lordco Auto Supply on South Shore Road in Lake Cowichan. The general store carried absolutely everything including dry goods

Gordon and Castley empire in Lake Cowichan becomes ‘just a memory’

“Greendale Road it is now called,” wrote Trevor Green in his journal of February 21, 1965.

Gordon’s Store once sat on the site of today’s Lordco Auto Supply on South Shore Road in Lake Cowichan. The general store carried absolutely everything including dry goods
Skaters Wendy Neva and Rhonda Rajala both performed in Cowichan Lake Skating Club’s annual ice show held in March 1987.

Lake Cowichan’s arena home to many events over the years

The Cowichan Lake District Skating Club was formed in June 1970, the same year that the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena was officially opened.

Skaters Wendy Neva and Rhonda Rajala both performed in Cowichan Lake Skating Club’s annual ice show held in March 1987.
Brunings Low Cost Grocery store

1950: skating on Cowichan Lake

It was of sufficient thickness for safe skating reported the March 1950 issue of the UBO Bulletin.

Brunings Low Cost Grocery store
Former members of the Lake Cowichan ice skating club

Early 1980s saw major flooding and new seniors housing

Early 1980s saw major flooding and new seniors housing

Former members of the Lake Cowichan ice skating club
The Lake Cowichan Co-op grocery store was a thriving business for decades opening in Lake Cowichan about 1950. On Sept. 30

Some Cowichan Lake area history by the numbers

The Village of Lake Cowichan topped the charts when temperatures reached 39 degrees Celsius

The Lake Cowichan Co-op grocery store was a thriving business for decades opening in Lake Cowichan about 1950. On Sept. 30
View of the Cowichan Valley from Hill 60

Hill 60 named for local soldiers in First World War

Hill 60 refers to the long hill that stretches between the Paldi turnoff to the top of the hill (the straight stretch) on Highway 18.

View of the Cowichan Valley from Hill 60
Do you remember this? The Cuppa Java Café was situated on South Shore Road in the building of the former “doctors’ office” (of Drs. Mewhort

South Shore Road buildings home to diverse businesses

Just down the street from the former Delle’s store stands an old building that was once the medical office of Dr. Bert Mewhort.

Do you remember this? The Cuppa Java Café was situated on South Shore Road in the building of the former “doctors’ office” (of Drs. Mewhort
“Mr. Centennial

Henry Lundgren, dubbed Mr. Centennial of 1971

Faces of the past: Henry Lundgren, family man, union activist and community supporter

“Mr. Centennial
The entrance to the Village of Lake Cowichan Municipal Hall as it looked in the 1960s. The present day municipal hall is located in the same place

The early 1950s, facts and figures

In the 1950s Lake Cowichan and the surrounding communities were a going concern.

The entrance to the Village of Lake Cowichan Municipal Hall as it looked in the 1960s. The present day municipal hall is located in the same place