I’ve found myself wandering around the Cowichan Valley lately, sometimes rather early in the morning. And as such, I am finding treasures in my own backyard once again. It’s been said many times before that new compositions and studies can be found by revisiting places with strong subject potential. Join us today as we take a brief stroll into the heart of our little town, Duncan, BC on Vancouver Island in Canada.
Small town life has its distinct advantages. We find much of our original architecture has been lovingly preserved and re-purposed at times, keeping these ties to our rich history alive for years to come. The Duncan Garage is a landmark in town today, and is home to some of our greatest little stores. Inside you’ll find a hair salon, a book store, an incredible coffee shop and bakery, and of course The Community Farm Store. With an eye towards healthy choices the store is full of great organic items, most of them locally grown and raised.
Island living at it’s very best.
Originally, the garage was the site for the very first automotive garage in town after the Malahat highway was completed, connecting the big city of Victoria to our outlying community. Full of rich character, this fabulous old building stands proud today in the heart of our town welcoming locals and visitors alike.
I find photographing the building to be one of my biggest challenges, due primarily to the incredible abundance of power lines that seem to cover the sky from all angles. Even still, the terrific colors and details of this building make it one of our key landmarks, and a great facility to photograph.
This photo was taken in January of 2011; New Years Day to be precise. It’s one of my favorite shots due to the quaint heritage feel of the garage. As we compare the shot above with the first one in today’s post we see little has changed except for a fresh coat of paint that has made this incredible old building really stand out in town. There’s no missing it, that’s for sure!!
On the very spot we were just standing admiring the Duncan Garage, we turn to find a real icon in town. This is the old Duncan Train Station, now also home to the Cowichan Valley Museum. Many of us who call the Cowichan Valley home love it very much. The museum hosts both permanent exhibits as well as special features that really are so very important in helping us to maintain our links to our rich pioneering past. None of this would be possible without the incredible work of local folks who put a lot of effort into making this happen.
Modern times are exciting, full of great adventures and stories all unfolding in front of our very eyes. But, it’s also great to see this all merged quite naturally with rich historical elements that help to encompass the character of the town.
Do you have any landmarks or icons in the city or town you live in that really bring the character of your place to life?
This post is part of our photoblog series “The Toad’s Hometown“, a running photoblog series chronicling Duncan and small town life in Canada. We really do love to hear from all our visitors, please feel free to leave us any comments or thoughts you might have. Until next time!