Oak Park House, the Elkington family home. (Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives photo)

Check out Cowichan’s heritage sites for Heritage Week

This year’s theme is “Bringing the Past into the Future”

By Kathryn Gagnon

Celebrate Cowichan’s heritage! We’ve just come to the end of Heritage Week but there’s still time for you to participate.

This year’s theme is “Bringing the Past into the Future” and you are encouraged to visit heritage sites in the Cowichan Valley like the Kinsol Trestle, the Ye’yumnuts archaeological site, and the Paldi Gurdwara and share your experiences at #BCHeritageWeek, #MyBCis, and #MyCanadais.

The Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives is featuring a display of heritage sites in the Cowichan Valley until May 30, including Elkington House on the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, intangible heritage such as the preservation of Indigenous languages, and the Kinsol Trestle.

The Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives explores the diverse history of our region and presents stories from the many communities it serves. It is a not for profit organization, owned and operated by the Cowichan Historical Society, that works to create awareness of the tangible and intangible history and heritage of the Cowichan region to all who live and visit here.

The museum is located in the heritage designated Duncan Train Station on Canada Avenue. Winter Hours: Wednesday to Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m., depending on volunteer availability. For more information, please contact curator Kathryn Gagnon at 250-746-6612 or email cvmuseum.archives@shaw.ca.

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The Kinsol Trestle, then and now. (Submitted)

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