The smokestack in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park was partly demolished in a recent storm. (James Younger photo)

The smokestack in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park was partly demolished in a recent storm. (James Younger photo)

Historic Saanich Peninsula landmark badly damaged by storm

The smokestack in Gowlland Tod park has been partly demolished by a recent storm

A smokestack built in the early 1900s as part of a cement factory owned by the Butchart family, has partially collapsed after a recent storm. James Younger was walking in Gowlland Tod park on Tuesday, Jan. 29, when he saw the structure had been damaged.

“It looks like the top 20 feet have blown off.” he said. “I was saddened to see that as we’ve lost a couple of other big icons. We lost the Garry oak tree in Saanichton. People were so upset about that, as it’s the biggest tree and of great renown here.”

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You can see how the smokestack looked before the storm here.

nick.murray@peninsulanewsreview.com

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