Video Night: Hillside Chinese Cemetery
April 13th, 2023

 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.

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