The Tiny Train Station

Posted: 25th February 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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This is a place we’ve been many times before.  It’s a place that changes with the seasons and the light, revealing different facades and character with each visit.  It’s a place steeped in history for Vancouver Island, one that today remains a landmark in the Cowichan Valley.

Heritage Train Station - Cowichan Station, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Heritage Train Station – Cowichan Station, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Heritage Train Station - Cowichan Station, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Heritage Train Station – Cowichan Station, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

We never cease to be amazed at how a place changes with the seasons.  Colors, light and mood are all fleeting as the different hues of the season’s light dance upon the old wooden station.  It’s easy to imagine ladies dressed in their finest waiting for the train to take them to the big cities here on Vancouver Island.  Cowichan Station was once a stopping point in the mid-island that was really a hub of sorts, a central point that led both north and south.  Today it is many things, one of them being a cherished treasure for the community as Cowichan Station strives to hold onto links to the past by maintaining facilities like this.  It’s truly a peaceful place to visit in person, one that reveals photo opportunity after photo opportunity.

Do you have little gems like this in your area?  Have you ever visited this wonderful spot yourself in person?  We’d love to hear from you, please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.






  1. avatar ehpem says:

    Hi Toads, I have not visited Cowichan Station, at least not to stop and look around. I really must do so.

    You have captured the patience of this building, appropriate since waiting is the sole reason for existence.

    • Ooo, I love the way you put that ehpem, thanks for those terrific comments my friend! Cowichan Station is one of the island’s best kept secrets, in my humble opinion, you will definitely find tons of great subjects to shoot if you do visit! 🙂

  2. avatar Edith levy says:

    Wonderful find Toad. We do have gems such as this here in Toronto now if we can get out of this deep freeze I’d go out there to photograph them. 🙂

  3. Hi Toads… First, I love the light you captured in this photographs.

    In our neck of the woods here in Snohomish County we have a small chapel along Highway 2. Just big enough to stop, sit, and rest. I think it is comparable to train station you highlight here. I have captured a shot or two of this roadside chapel and nothing too impressive to share or offer for sale.

    Keep posting excellence in photography from your Northern neck of the woods.

    Spencer McDonald

    • Hi Spencer!! It’s always such a highlight for us when you pop by to see us here at The Hollow! Wonderful comments, my friend, I am sure everyone will enjoy them!!! Thank you so much for all your ongoing friendship and support my friend, you are truly one-of-a-kind. 🙂

  4. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    What a beauty this is!
    I can see why you return.
    I have a favorite little shed that i have photographed hundreds of times, and I am sure will continue to do so.

    I wish you a wonderful week!

  5. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    That is one small train station. Love the splotches of light illuminating the scene Toad. We have a few gems here in CT that are go to places for me. Not so great right now but if spring comes, I’ll get to them.

    • Most excellent, Len, thank you so much for taking the time to comment here today!! I follow your work so when you do post shots of those gems I will not miss them, that’s for sure. Thank you so much Len, we really appreciate you!

  6. Wow, that is tiny, that cracks me up.Great shots, vibrant colors, looks like a great location