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In addition to the freight trains, the CNR operated a passenger service using a gas car on the track from Victoria as far as Sooke Lake.
The photo came to us from Flora Brown Manion; it’s Flora’s mother Mary Jane Brown who is wearing the stylish wide-brimmed hat.
A crosscut saw being welded on the grounds of the high school today would probably be unbelievable, but in 1946, it was normal
George Woodruff and his wife Mary Ann Turpin are seen in this photo taken in the early 1900s on Sooke Road
Ray Pimlott spent his working life working in the woods around the Sooke region
Considered the tallest wooden structure in the world at the time, this railway trestle in Port Renfrew was built by Malahat Logging
Former fire chief died in hospital on Sept. 11, but leaves behind many accomplishments
In the luxury department, perhaps no one was more outstanding as a ship owner than the Honourable James Dunsmuir.
This photo, taken in 1974, shows the fire lookout hut established on Mount Empress
Rupert was a son of Lady Emily Walker, and therefore his growing up years were a little different than most of us.
Many of the All Sooke Days organizers were loggers, and were used to finding solutions, in this case building a temporary bridge.
While one man had been rescued from Secretary Island, three others were missing. Our little community was shaken.
The young fellows had just finished the soccer season and you can see how proud they were.
Since the first traps were installed in 1904 and right up to 1958, views like this were part of the Sooke and Juan de Fuca seascape.
Growing up, Susan would go out in a canoe with her mother, gathering seafood along the shores.
Designed by Samuel Maclure, this was home to a Hollywood screenwriter Garnet Weston, his wife Marion and son Gray.
The old steamer trekked the Sooke Hills up and down between Sooke and Victoria for decades, hauling cargo and passengers.
Sooke’s first bank, what a red-letter day for our little town.
Sooke is peppered with volunteerism, regardless of what field it may appear in.
Max and Dal Elder offered to build a school for elementary kids if the provincial Department of Education would supply a teacher.