Lake Cowichan

The real estate market in the Cowichan Valley is suffering a lack of inventory making it a seller’s market. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Sellers rejoice, home buyers frustrated as prices up, inventory low in Cowichan Valley

Demand for homes in the Cowichan Valley is exceeding supply, driving up…

 

Open as of April 17, Mountain Man Ice Cream, at 99 South Shore Road, is run by the Robertson family including Myles and Austin Robertson, as well as Brianne Thomassen. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Sweet new business opens its doors in Lake Cowichan

Mountain Man Ice Cream, located at 99 South Shore Rd.

 

”It was an angry welcome for Cowichan-Ladysmith MLA Jan Pullinger when she arrived in Lake Cowichan Monday to open her constituency office. She was greeted with some of her long time supporters calling her a ‘liar’. Left to right, Jan Pullinger, Director of Area I, Lois Gage, school trustee Rolli Gunderson, school trustee Pat Weaver, Save our School Committee Chairperson, Tara Daly.” (Lake News/April 17,1996)

Flashback: Garbage, geography and tragedy

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The old Yount school in Youbou has stood empty for years, but now a group has plans to turn it into a mixed-use property with affordable housing and tourist services. (Submitted)

Group sets sights on tranforming old Yount school property in Youbou

School District 79 has already commenced a process to sell the school through a formal proposal call

  • Apr 16, 2021
The old Yount school in Youbou has stood empty for years, but now a group has plans to turn it into a mixed-use property with affordable housing and tourist services. (Submitted)
Brent Clancy, president of the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce, takes down the signs at the Lake Cowichan Visitor Centre, which closed its doors for good on Jan. 31. Mayor Bob Day says the possible creation of a Town tourism committee is not a response to the closure. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Town of Lake Cowichan looking to form tourism and housing committees

Decision not related to the Lake Cowichan Visitor Information Centre closure

Brent Clancy, president of the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce, takes down the signs at the Lake Cowichan Visitor Centre, which closed its doors for good on Jan. 31. Mayor Bob Day says the possible creation of a Town tourism committee is not a response to the closure. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
“Representing the school district, legion, and Kaatza Station Museum left to right are Georgie Clark of the museum, Wilma Rowbottom of School District #66 and Ernie Spencer, representing the Legion. The museum and Legion, along with the Village will each take a piece of the old wood shop.” (The Lake News)

Lake Flashback: Soapboxes, woodshop split, taxes down

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“Representing the school district, legion, and Kaatza Station Museum left to right are Georgie Clark of the museum, Wilma Rowbottom of School District #66 and Ernie Spencer, representing the Legion. The museum and Legion, along with the Village will each take a piece of the old wood shop.” (The Lake News)
The Town of Lake Cowichan is eyeing a two per cent tax hike confirmed Mayor Bob Day. (File photo)

Town of Lake Cowichan taxes set to increase by less than expected

Surplus funds to help reduce hike from 3% to 2% this year

The Town of Lake Cowichan is eyeing a two per cent tax hike confirmed Mayor Bob Day. (File photo)
Cowichan Cat Rescue is taking over the work of Lake Cowichan Animal Rescue Society after the society announced it closed its doors for good in January. (Gazette file)

Cowichan Cat Rescue needs your empties and your time

After taking over from the Lake Cowichan Animal Rescue Society which, in…

Cowichan Cat Rescue is taking over the work of Lake Cowichan Animal Rescue Society after the society announced it closed its doors for good in January. (Gazette file)
“Lake Cowichan Secondary School students Justine Carlow and Sara Ferguson direct people to Lake Cowichan’s Country Grocer, Sunday, April 3, during a hot dog fundraiser for earthquake/tsunami-ravaged Japan.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette April 6, 2011)
“Lake Cowichan Secondary School students Justine Carlow and Sara Ferguson direct people to Lake Cowichan’s Country Grocer, Sunday, April 3, during a hot dog fundraiser for earthquake/tsunami-ravaged Japan.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette April 6, 2011)
“Motorcycle is propped up, but driver is on pavement surrounded by curious onlookers in background as ambulance attendants give treatment following accident Friday. Motorcyclist Rudy Servatius was in collision with a car driven by a juvenile, a police spokesman said Tuesday. Impact tore seat off Yamaha and Servatius suffered broken leg when crash hurdled him over auto.” (Lake News March 25, 1981)

Lake Flashback Police patrols, Pee Wees, and Saywell High?

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“Motorcycle is propped up, but driver is on pavement surrounded by curious onlookers in background as ambulance attendants give treatment following accident Friday. Motorcyclist Rudy Servatius was in collision with a car driven by a juvenile, a police spokesman said Tuesday. Impact tore seat off Yamaha and Servatius suffered broken leg when crash hurdled him over auto.” (Lake News March 25, 1981)
A problem house on North Shore Road was recently cleaned up by local authorities. (Bonnie Jones/Facebook)

Nuisance property cleaned up in Lake Cowichan

Neighbours notice flurry of activity at North Shore Road home

A problem house on North Shore Road was recently cleaned up by local authorities. (Bonnie Jones/Facebook)
As of April 1 transit provider First Canada will take over the Cowichan Valley handyDART and Youbou/Honeymoon Bay transit services on behalf of BC Transit. (File photo)

Loss of bus contract bad news for Cowichan Lake Community Services

As of April 1, transit provider First Canada will take over the…

As of April 1 transit provider First Canada will take over the Cowichan Valley handyDART and Youbou/Honeymoon Bay transit services on behalf of BC Transit. (File photo)
​The Movin’ On Up Cowichan Lake Poverty Reduction project aims to create a local Poverty Reduction Strategy based on community input. (Submitted)

Cowichan Lake group focused on poverty reduction

The Movin’ On Up, Cowichan Lake Poverty Reduction project

​The Movin’ On Up Cowichan Lake Poverty Reduction project aims to create a local Poverty Reduction Strategy based on community input. (Submitted)
From left, Town of Lake Cowichan mayor Ross Forrest, CVRD Area I director Klaus Kuhn, CVRD Area F director Ian Morrison, and Cowichan Lake Recreation Commission chair Sheila McFarlane, cut the ribbon to the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena’s upgrades during a grand opening celebration, Saturday, March 12. (Tyler Clarke photo)
From left, Town of Lake Cowichan mayor Ross Forrest, CVRD Area I director Klaus Kuhn, CVRD Area F director Ian Morrison, and Cowichan Lake Recreation Commission chair Sheila McFarlane, cut the ribbon to the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena’s upgrades during a grand opening celebration, Saturday, March 12. (Tyler Clarke photo)
The Town of Lake Cowichan is inching closer to permitting backyard chickens. (Gazette file)

Council briefs: Backyard chickens, potential pathways and streaming meetings

Backyard hen party Lake Cowichan Town Council has given first and second…

The Town of Lake Cowichan is inching closer to permitting backyard chickens. (Gazette file)
“It was written all over her face, Ashley Fothergill was among those who worked at last weekend’s Island Championship playoff games in Lake Cowichan. She sold 50/50 draw tickets but still enjoyed the game, which brought out the area’s hockey fans and community spirit. The Pee Wee A Lakers didn’t take the Island Championship but they do have one shot at the finals.“ (Lake News, March 13, 1996)
“It was written all over her face, Ashley Fothergill was among those who worked at last weekend’s Island Championship playoff games in Lake Cowichan. She sold 50/50 draw tickets but still enjoyed the game, which brought out the area’s hockey fans and community spirit. The Pee Wee A Lakers didn’t take the Island Championship but they do have one shot at the finals.“ (Lake News, March 13, 1996)
Boil water advisories are a thing of the past now the new water treatment plant is up and running. (Gazette file)

Lake Cowichan council briefs: Water treatment plant a success, taxes going up

Water treatment success According to the groundhogs, it’s going to be an…

Boil water advisories are a thing of the past now the new water treatment plant is up and running. (Gazette file)
‘It was a great week for Jan Pullinger, MLA. She accompanied Andrew Petter, the new Minister of Health to Lake Cowichan. He credited her with saving the Youbou mill. Left to right, Jan, Petter and Sam Beldessi, president of the Cowichan Seniors. Pullinger and Petter were visiting the Seniors’ Centre.’ (Lake News, March 6, 1996)

Lake Flashback: A new library, Peewee sports, and a resignation

Welcome to Lake Flashback. Reporter Sarah Simpson has been combing through old…

‘It was a great week for Jan Pullinger, MLA. She accompanied Andrew Petter, the new Minister of Health to Lake Cowichan. He credited her with saving the Youbou mill. Left to right, Jan, Petter and Sam Beldessi, president of the Cowichan Seniors. Pullinger and Petter were visiting the Seniors’ Centre.’ (Lake News, March 6, 1996)
New designs for a the new weir in Lake Cowichan call for a walkway over the top of the weir, as pictured in this graphic. (Courtesy of the CVRD)

Location of new weir at Cowichan Lake determined to be suitable

Weir design supported by public, says project manager

New designs for a the new weir in Lake Cowichan call for a walkway over the top of the weir, as pictured in this graphic. (Courtesy of the CVRD)
”Nicknamed ‘Roadie’ by one of the ambulance attendants who assisted with his delivery, Jerad Leelyn McArthur is the first ever baby to be born in an ambulance in Lake Cowichan. Lee Change, ambulance attendant says he heard the little cry and said ‘Thank you, Lord.’” (Lake News, Feb. 28, 1996)
”Nicknamed ‘Roadie’ by one of the ambulance attendants who assisted with his delivery, Jerad Leelyn McArthur is the first ever baby to be born in an ambulance in Lake Cowichan. Lee Change, ambulance attendant says he heard the little cry and said ‘Thank you, Lord.’” (Lake News, Feb. 28, 1996)