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The Great British Columbia War of 1914 – 1918 comes to the Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum, with the participation of the Government of Canada.

This exhibit educates British Columbians about the contributions of their forebears’ in the First World War using archival photographs, fascinating stories, and images of artifacts. The exhibition includes:

  • British Columbia before the war • Patriotism, racism and enlistment • First Nations and Japanese-Canadian war heroes • Life at the front and in key battles at Ypres and Vimy Ridge
  • Our war at sea, from BC’s submarines to Nelson’s heroic sailor  • Our war in the air, from Raymond Collishaw —Nanaimo’s flying ace—to logging Haida Gwaii Spruce for aircraft materials
  • Women at war, overseas and on the home front • What war meant to British Columbia’s children • Peace and the problems of returning veterans • How British Columbians remember war and loss

A coinciding exhibition by Stephanie Ann Warner (niece of late Tofino local Harold Monks Jr) covers topics related to wartime Clayoquot Sound in Vargas Island ranchers at home and at war.

  • Vargas Island pre-war
  • Vargas pioneers who enlisted
  • Vargas women and life on the home front
  • The aftermath of the war – effects on Vargas Island

Hours: Weekly Thursday till Sunday 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Cost: by donation

Print poster here.


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