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Welcome to Honeymoon Bay, BC. Canada.

In 1929, a company by the name McDonald Murphy started logging just outside of Honeymoon Bay. The company extended a railroad system to the upper reaches of the Gordon River where a camp was established. Timber was felled and loaded onto rail cars and pulled by steam engine to a log dump in Honeymoon Bay.

These logs were towed by boat to Lake Cowichan and then loaded on railway cars at the old steam loading works yard. The railroad destination was Crofton where the company operated a large booming and sorting yard on the foreshore. From there the logs were towed by boat to the Fraser River where they were sold on the open market.

In 1932 the camp was closed do to a poor log market and remained dormant until 1934 when the Lake Logging Company was formed by Rounds and Hunter. The name "Rounds" was given to the now abandoned camp on the upper reaches on the Gordon River.

For about eight years Lake Logging used the same facilities as MacDonald Murphy to move their logs to Crofton, but a change took place as to the final use. It could be because Lake Logging was one of the first, if not the very first company in the industry to have a labour contract with it's employees. The labour force in Australia being strong and organized had some baring on it, but whatever the reason, a very good market was found for some of their logs in Australia. However, the Australians did not want the bark. Consequently, a large crew was put to work barking these logs in the water, mostly by hand, after which they were loaded on freighters and taken "down under" until Lake Logging built it's own saw mill and went into the lumber business under a new name "Lake Logging and Lumber Limited". The company symbol was the figure "4" over the letter "L" on a diamond shaped back ground,

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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.

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!


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