At Nanaimo Historical Society’s April 13 general meeting, we will virtually visit Cowichan’s Old Hillcrest Chinese Cemetery . In early March, several NHS directors visited the cemetery and created a video which we will view at the meeting. The cemetery, one of Cowichan’s unsung ‘ landmarks,’ is tucked away in rural Sahtlam (outside of Duncan BC) on what was the historic Hillcrest Lumber Co. mill property. Situated immediately beside the Cowichan Valley Trail, the former E&N Lake Cowichan Subdivision, it consists of just over nine acres (3.8 hectares) of open, sloping ground. The 74-year-old cemetery is a Provincial Historic Site and serves as a resting place for 127 Chinese Canadians. It remains a preserved relic of the ongoing influence Chinese Canadians have in the Cowichan area.
The meeting begins at 7:00 pm at Bowen Park Activity Room #1, 500 Bowen Road. Guests are welcome.