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Comox Valley

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Last week we made a trip to Courtenay. It was a nice late summer day and I took the opportunity to sketch a sawmill. When I was still working, we had several projects in the Comox Valley, so I passed this site many times, but never had enough time to make a decent sketch.

This operation is the Thomson Bros. Lumber Co. Ltd. They have an interesting website:, explaining their services and history, which started in 1968. This happens to be the year in which I immigrated to Canada.

I took my time to make the first sketch while sitting across the road with my back to the sun.

Some of the timber structures of the sawmill along Cumberland Road.

After taking a break there was about one half hour time left for making another sketch; this one real quick. The colours where added after I got home.

The sawmill’s front office.

If it was up to me, this facility would be added to the local heritage register in the industrial heritage category.

Author: John Hofman

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