Bamberton is one of the province’s most important historical industrial sites but it’s still a mystery to most. Clinging to the steep mountainside between the Malahat Drive and the picturesque waterfront 50 minutes south of Nanaimo, this once-active cement factory, port, and company townsite quietly waits to open its gates and reveal it’s past.
Ninety minute guided tours that tell the compelling story of how this unique community went from dust to bust begin at the original Bamberton site manager’s house, which now houses the Historical Society’s museum. As you walk down the old main street of town to the waterfront your guide will stop at several points of interest, including the original quarry that extends over 1,000 feet into the mountainside. Enjoy the magnificent ocean and mountain views that are part of this tour as it unlocks the past.
The Bamberton Mystery History Tours will operate from 11 am to 5 pm on Sundays from July 4 to September 26, 2010, from 1451 Trowsse Road, Mill Bay, British Columbia. The cost is $10 per person. Bus tours ($10) are offered at noon, 1:30 pm, and 3 pm. A special live theatre performance will be on July 4, 11, and 18 at 2 pm ($15 for theatre and tour). For more information call Maureen Alexander at 250-743-9196.