The Toad In Cement Shoes

Posted: 28th September 2011 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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Well, that was quite the day yesterday, I can honestly tell you.  Technical difficulties interfered with our abilities to create a blog, but we are back today!  I’d highly recommend not touching those 2 bare wires in the corner there, Uncle Hoppy is still getting over his shock…

I think many of us think of cement shoes as a way to problem-solve.  I am looking at a computer right now that could go for a pair.  And, in light of that, let’s take a first look at what is a massive cement factory town/company that is now the center of discussion for a huge development project that for the meantime appears to be going nowhere…

Bamberton Cement Factory - Bamberton, BC, Canada

Bamberton Cement Factory - Bamberton, BC, Canada

Bamberton consists of approximately 1,500 acres of pristine BC land situated on the side of the Malahat Mountain just north of the capital city Victoria, BC, Canada.  Originally created in 1912-1914 to produce high-quality cement that became the backbone of building our great nation, the cement factory left in 1980 leaving behind an absolute ecological mess.

Bamberton Cement Factory - Bamberton, BC, Canada

Bamberton Cement Factory - Bamberton, BC, Canada

Very little of the original town and factory remains and  development plans have stalled repeatedly over the years, leaving this area in a form of legal limbo.  Closed off by gate, the area is totally inaccessible to the public.

Bamberton Cement Factory - Bamberton, BC, Canada

Bamberton Cement Factory - Bamberton, BC, Canada

Over the course of the summer Mrs. Toad and myself saw signs stating the museum was open on Sundays for visitors.  Needless to say, this became a high priority visit to make for us due to the beauty of the area and the underlying controversy.  The day we arrived, we were met with conflicting signs and sensations, it wasn’t clear if the museum was indeed open or not.  When we got down to this area, we realized it was not and we were probably not supposed to be here.  So, we grabbed a set of images and got out of Dodge City before the sheriff arrived.

Tomorrow we take a look at the remnants of the actual cement factory itself.  Now, before you get too excited there is hardly anything left after the massive cleanup that was performed, but we do have a few shots of the remaining structure of the original cement factory to share with everyone.  It is a melancholy scene, one of dreams lost and hopes dashed for the workers of the area after the factory abandoned the town.  We are just happy we had a chance to visit and document what was left.

Thanks for your kind visit today, my friends, we sure do appreciate it.  As always, we encourage everyone to leave us any comments you may have as we truly love to hear from all our visitors.




  1. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    Beautiful images Toad. That first on looks like a cement rocket ship.

    As far as cement shoes for your computer, I would just go for a sledgehammer — more fun.

    • Great thinking there Len, no kidding! I used to take my computers for a nice swim at the local rec center when they annoyed me, but I found it to be an utterly shocking pastime. *ba dump pump tish* OK, that might have been a lot funnier inside my head. Thank you SO much for your visit & comments here today, my friend, we truly appreciate it!

  2. Hmmm how do you make a cement factory look so pretty Toad. Great images.

  3. avatar Fred Norris says:

    Really glad the Toads were able to hop over that gate and grab these amazing images before the sheriff arrived mate!!

    • Thank you kind sir, so were we to be honest! This was a spot we had been hoping to get to for quite some time, so it was awesome to get a chance to grab these few shots here. Really appreciate your visit and comments here, thank you my friend!

  4. Nice images – its a very pretty place to have a factory!

  5. avatar Chris Nitz says:

    I agree with Mark, that is a pretty place to have a factory. Good stuff Toad!

  6. avatar Jim Nix says:

    beautiful shots Toad, you always have such clear blue skies in your shots, such a joy to look at! lovely work my friend!!

    • Really appreciate that, thank you Jim! Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but fall and winter are descending upon us. This is the time of year when I use dark, brooding, moody skies and barren trees to create different styles of imagery. But, like you, I always love the summer too for the blue skies and wonderful light we find!

  7. avatar Mike says:

    So…is this a mob run facility? 😀

  8. Nice shots Toad. Give my regards to Uncle Hoppy for a speedy recovery.

  9. Great Post Toad! I like the contrast between the beautiful landscape and the gritty cement structure!

  10. avatar A.Barlow says:

    Nice shots man. I like the feel of being in a forest these give. Place looks like nothing but rolling wooded hills.