Along the E&N: A Journey Back to the Historic Hotels of Vancouver Island

Along the E&N: A Journey Back to the Historic Hotels of Vancouver Island

by Glen A. Mofford


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In 1886, Vancouver Island’s E&N rail service was established to carry coal to smelters and ships, and the towns in the railway’s path prospered as the tracks expanded and passenger travel flourished.

Along the E&N celebrates the historic and still-surviving hotels and roadhouses that sprung up near the E&N. Within this carefully researched historical narrative, you’ll find stories of the Halfway House in the Esquimalt District, the murder and suicide at the Mt Sicker Hotel, and the iconic Quinsam Hotel in Campbell River, burned down in 2017. This book chronicles the history of more than thirty hotels―many long gone, destroyed by fire, or simply demolished, like the Lorne Hotel in Comox, and others that have been remodelled into modern-day neighbourhood pubs―such as the Rod & Gun in Parksville and the Waverley Hotel in Cumberland.

Peppered with the fascinating stories of patrons and proprietors alike, Along the E&N resonates with the haunting echoes of the train’s iconic whistle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771512879
Publisher: Heritage Group Distribution
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Glen A. Mofford, a historian and writer with a passion for sharing the social history of British Columbia, graduated from Vancouver's Simon Fraser University, and has been writing about BC's historic hotels and their drinking establishments for more than ten years. Follow him on Twitter at @BCPubHistory.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Esquimalt District

Halfway House 10

Four Mile House 15

Parson's Bridge Hotel (Six Mile House) 18

Colwood Hotel 22

Goldstream Hotel (Ma Miller's) 27

Chapter 2 Shawnigan Lake To Cowichan Bay

Morton House (Koenig Hotel, Shawnigan Lake Hotel) 37

Strathcona Hotel 43

Station Hotel (Wilton Place) 47

Buena Vista Hotel 52

Chapter 3 Duncan To Mount Sicker

Alderlea Hotel 62

Quamichan Hotel 64

Tzouhalem Hotel 69

Mount Sicker Hotel 73

Chapter 4 Chemainus To Ladysmith

Horseshoe Bay Hotel 84

Lewisville Hotel 87

Abbotsford Hotel 90

Chapter 5 Cassidy To Parksville

Cassidy Hotel 101

Royal Hotel 103

Occidental Hotel 109

Rod & Gun Hotel 114

Chapter 6 Alberni To Great Central Lake

Arlington Hotel 121

Somass Hotel 128

Ark Hotel 135

Chapter 7 Qualicum Beach To Union Bay

Qualicum Beach Hotel 143

Bowser Hotel 148

Nelson Hotel 153

Chapter 8 Cumberland To Comox

Waverley Hotel 165

Riverside Hotel 171

Lorne Hotel 176

Chapter 9 Campbell River To Forbes Landing

Willows Hotel 187

Quinsam Hotel 195

Forbes Landing Hotel 199

Afterword: The End of the Line 209

Acknowledgements 212


Vancouver Island Timeline 214

Select Biographies 223

Bibliography 226

Endnotes 231

Index 252

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