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 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.
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.
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.