Texas isn’t the only place where size truly matters, here in Duncan, BC, Canada we have our BC Forest Discovery Centre which serves as a museum to host artifacts and vehicles from our storied past. The logging industry forms a cornerstone to our economy and way of life here on Vancouver Island, and we take great pride in maintaining and sharing the memories and stories of how things came to be. This post is part of our running photoblog series “The Toad’s Tonka Toys” consisting of a set of images we captured during our visit to the centre this summer with our best friends, the Mudpuppies.
The early days on Vancouver Island were mostly full of mining and logging as big industry came here to set up shop. The landscape is both beautiful and unforgiving, at the same time. This resulted in many requirements to invent machinery to help the development process as the foundation was laid for island living.
Wheels, knobs, pulleys… all things that are far too good to pass up in terms of photography. And when you add in the added bonus of rust and textures, you’ve got the Cornucopia right here! During the early days of development and settling, there were no roads. Trees had to be cut down and pulled out of dense forests, and roads laid. Machinery like this steamroller was invented to assist with these tasks which would have been pretty much impossible without them.
I just love the textures we find on this unit. It’s really amazing to think about how old this vehicle is and what wonderful condition it remains in. The Forest Centre takes great pride in finding and restoring items just like this, in an effort to preserve our past to share with our future.
Now, with all that being said, we can all see the green sign that says “Please Do Not Climb”. Yet no one seems to mention anything about not driving this baby. Do you think it’d be OK if I gingerly hopped aboard and took this fabulous unit out for a quick spin? I will certainly be very mindful of the “No Climbing” rule if that makes any difference…
From here, we hop aboard the classic train which takes us right to the center of the park where there is a huge display area and picnic grounds. This train has been the subject of previous posts in this series, and the ride was a true highlight of our adventure that day.
Nothing makes Mrs. Toad and myself feel like young tadpoles quite as much as riding around on a train like this. For some reason, this takes us right back to being kids again. The Forestry Centre once again spares absolutely no details when it comes to setting up the place, and they have truly created a link to our past, today. I swear, we were half expecting a group of bandits to roll up to the train at any moment and hold us up at gunpoint. Old West style.
Smack dab in the middle of the facility sits the picnic and display area. This log house is distinctly Canadian, we see a lot of classic structures like this in our area. I believe it serves as a convention/gathering place now, but on the day we visited it was closed to the public. No matter, we were able to capture this great image to share. I just love the styling and the colors and tones we see in this scene; very reminiscent of early life in Canada.
I think it’s time to tie the hoss up to the hitchin’ post here and grab a glass of Sarsaparilla and sit a spell.
We’ve got quite a few more images to share with everyone over the coming weeks from the Forestry Centre, so please do stay tuned. We really do appreciate your visit and would like to encourage everyone to leave us any comments they may have as we love to hear from all our visitors.