History Book

North Cowichan: A History in Photographs

by Bruce A. Hodding

North Cowichan: A History in Photographs is the story of the Cowichan Valley which was established in 1873 as the fourth oldest municipality in the province.  The Corporation of the District of North Cowichan developed along the traditional provincial industries of agriculture, forestry, mining, and fishing.

To the First Nations, the region was known as Cowichan, meaning "land warmed by the sun." Their continued presence, along with the arrival of British, Europeans, Chinese, Japanese, Sikhs and others, has made North Cowichan a community rich in culture.

The Council commissioned the anecdotal and pictorial history to celebrate the district's 125th year of incorporation in 1998.

This book is a must read for anyone wanting to learn more about the history of North Cowichan. 

Please note: North Cowichan: A History in Photographs is not in print at this time, and is unavailable for purchase.


 Author Bruce Hodding and former Mayor Anne Murray study historic scenes after a book signing event at the Chemainus Museum.

More historical publications on BC are available through B.C. Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly.