The bench and plaque at Mile 77 Park

Scenic view for late parks steward

You can’t find a better spot at Cowichan Lake than where Wayne Palliser’s memorial bench is located.

You can’t find a better spot at Cowichan Lake than where Wayne Palliser’s memorial bench is located.

Down a short walking path to the river, at Mile 77 Park off the Youbou Highway, the bench is shaded by tall nearby trees, and overlooks a small rocky Cowichan Lake beach on the lake’s north arm.

During his two years with the Youbou/Meade Creek Park Commission, Palliser spent a fair amount of time at this park.

“Each member of the commission has a park that they keep a check on, and he always walked his dog (Bud) there, and opened and closed the gates and the washrooms,” commission chair Marcia Stewart said.

“It was close to home… He was gung-ho. He was a dedicated commission member. He wanted to make sure things were done, and done right.”

“The thing that made the biggest impact on me was his commitment to the environment,” fellow commission member Gerald Thom said.

“He was always out in the outdoors.”

The bench and plaque were unveiled a few months ago, courtesy of the commission.

Palliser died January of this year.

“He was quite a vocal member of our commission,” Stewart said.

“Things are a lot quieter without him.”

Just Posted

Duncan cousins found guilty of aggravated sexual assault

Assault so violent, victim required surgery

Rollover causes minor injuries

Accident under investigation

B.C. BUDGET: Fare freeze, free travel for seniors on BC Ferries

A complete fare freeze will be put into place on major routes, and fares will be rolled back on smaller routes by 15 per cent

BC BUDGET: New spaces a step to universal child care

Fees reduced for licensed daycare operators

BC BUDGET: NDP cracks down on speculators, hidden ownership

Foreign buyers’ tax extended to Fraser Valley, Okanagan, Vancouver Island

VIDEO: Top 10 B.C. budget highlights

The NDP is focusing on childcare, affordable housing and speeding up the elimination of MSP premiums

Coming up in Cowichan: Irrigation; Palestinian children; fun with fungi

The Cowichan Watershed Board is presenting a free efficient irrigation workshop

Canucks blow three goal lead, lose to Avalanche in overtime

Vancouver struggled on the penalty kill, as Colorado scored all five goals on the powerplay

Widow of avalanche victim sues Golden lodge operator

A woman from Alberta is suing guides, their mountain guide association and the lodge operator for negligence

BC BUDGET: NDP hope to nix court delays with $15 million cash influx

Union says funding could stop sheriffs from leaving for higher paid jobs

Cattlemen urge B.C. to prevent erosion caused during 2017 wildfire season

Other concerns are fencing restoration and repair, and a lack of feed for cattle.

Cowichan bounces Oceanside from midget hockey playoffs

Capitals snare 4-2 win in Island semifinal game in Parksville

Patrick Brown’s Tory leadership bid fate looms

Brown’s bid to for Tory leadership to be decided on Wednesday

Duncan cousins found guilty of aggravated sexual assault

Assault so violent, victim required surgery

Most Read