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St. Christopher's Church

St. Christopher’s is probably the only church to be constructed by a logging company. It was designed by the Stone family of Hillcrest Lumber Company. Although there was nothing unconventional in the general design, there was originality in the use of materials. The poles of the roof trusses were cut on site, and the corner posts were round Douglas Fir logs with the bark left on. Yellow cedar was used for the siding. Hillcrest’s carpenters did the construction work as paid employees, but there was one company man who took a more personal interest. As a volunteer job, Dick Horsfall split the 7000 cedar shakes which roof the church.

Inside the little 24X48 foot church imagination really went to work. The fronts of the choir stalls were composed of red cedar panels framed with yellow cedar; the reading desk and front were made of maple burls and the cross on the alter was based on a maple burl. Hemlock was used largely for the interior lining.

The jug on the front was fashioned by a woman parishioner, the vases and candlesticks on the alter were turned on a home workshop lathe by an employee and the illuminated scroll, which tells the story of St. Christopher, was the work of Robin Maunsell. The company blacksmith, Bob Biskupovich, made the ironwork for the lamps and door hinges. Only one item was made out of the district, the glass dogwood, which was the centerpiece of the east window, was fashioned in Victoria.

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Cowichan River Wilderness Lodge
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Cowichan River Wilderness Lodge is the Ultimate Destination for someone looking to get in touch with nature. Enjoy some of the 16 acres of marked trails along the Cowichan river, book a Custom Fishing Adventure with our own professional, licensed guides here at the lodge, or relax and get away from it all in our luxurious surroundings with a view overlooking the world class Cowichan river!

Honeymoon Bay Lodge & Retreat
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10028 Park Drive, Honeymoon Bay, BCPhone: 250-749-4252
Honeymoon Bay Retreat provides a restorative setting for personal or group retreats, workshops, artistic and musical events. 17 beautifully appointed guests suites, versatile meeting spaces, full dining experience, health and wellness facilities, outdoor hot tub and infrared sauna, gardens and labyrinth, 90 minutes from Victoria or Nanaimo.


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