The CommunityofCobble Hill Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
Cobble Hill, British Columbia, Canada is located
on Vancouver Island. in the Cowichan Valley
4.5 miles (7 km) north of the Shawnigan Lake
Mill Bay Road on Highway 1 and 30
miles (48 km) north of Victoria.
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Population: 2006 Census 1,775 people. Including surrounding area 14,040 .
Location: Latitude: 48° 41' 20" NLongitude: 123° 34' 15" W
Elevation: 50m (150 feet)
Native Bands: First Nation Malahat Te'mexw
|Name Place and History: |
•The Cobble Hill settlement has lost it's original meaning somewhere over time. The whole area was referred to as Cowichan. Many stories describe different meanings. No one knows for sure. One is that it was named after a Captain Cobble yet there is no record of a Cobble in Naval records. Another tale is that a lady visitor from London had mentioned how it seemed similar to a Cobble Hill from the old country. Another story is related to the large quantity of gravel and stones in the area and how it was likened to cobble stones. Another tells that it was named after Cobble Hill Mountain. Whatever or how it got its name is not because it is on a hill, To the contrary if anything it is at the foot of a hill and about 150 feet above sea level. There is also a large gravel pit in the area that might account for the gravel/cobble type stones found there.
•In the early years lumber was the main industry later taken over by local farming, vine-yards, poultry raising, dairy and sheep farming, horse ranches, and retirement residences.
•In 1860 Cobble Hill was complete wilderness. The whole area at the time was called Cowichan. It was 1858 when the first hundred settlers from the H.M.S. Hecate would arrive and stake their homesteads in the area.
•James J. Dougan came to the area in 1867. At the time there were only four homesteads in the area. James Dougan's wife Annie Dougan would eventually bare 16 children.
•In 1861 the government built a trail that would go from Victoria to Cowichan Bay arriving at Cobble Hill on the way to its completion. Later it would be widened to accommodate wagons and stage coaches.
•By 1870 the area had become a small settlement but without a post office, church or school.
•In 1879 the telegraph was installed from Nanaimo to Victoria. When the telegraph lines were moved to the railroad a telegraph office was built in Cobble Hill.
•In 1883 the government subsidized two million acres of land for the building of the island railroad.
•In April 1884 Joseph Hunter was to construct this project.
•In February 1886 Sir John A. MacDonald drove the last spike at Cliffside, Shawnigan area.
•In 1912 Cobble Hill was a boom town. The government had designated sixty four acres as part of the Cobble Hill district. A Victoria company had purchased three hundred acres of land for the sale of lots, so new businesses began to appear in the area. There was money being donated for a church. A new post office was built, and a school was constructed.
•By 1913 a telephone was installed in the hotel. A bank and barber shop also was built, along with a community hall.
•The oldest town fair on the island is the Cobble Hill Fair now celebrating 112 years in 2012. Events include a pancake breakfast, exhibits, home baking, livestock shows, equestrian events, handicrafts, and refreshments.
•On June 21 1997 Cobble Hill, Shawnigan Lake and Mill Bay held a referendum to incorporate into a single municipality. It would later be turned down by most of the residents.
• Cobble Hill Sunday Market
Cobble Hill Hall - Watson and Fisher Roads
Cobble Hill , BC ,
• Malahat First Nation Council Office
110 Mill Bay Ferry Rd,
Mill Bay, BC
• St. John the Baptist Parish The first church was built in 1887. St. Mary's, was built at Cobble Hill in 1916, St. John the Baptist is located at 3295 Cobble Hill Road, Cobble Hill, B.C .
• The Anglican Church of St. John the Baptist Cobble Hill, BC
• Cobble Hill Mountain Regional Recreation Area: hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking
• Quarry Regional Wilderness Park is a 23 acre park located in the old Cobble Hill Lime Quarry.
• Cobble Hill Fair: Held at the Cobble Hill Fair grounds in the middle of Cobble Hill in August. The Cobble Hill Fair is the oldest country fair on Vancouver Island. The first fair was in 1909.
• Cobble Hill Mountain offers fantastic day hikes and picnic areas.
• The Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives
• Cherry Point Nature Observation Park
• Trans-Canada Trail is an abandoned railway from the Canadian Northern Pacific Railway. There is access to the Cowichan Section of the Trans-Canada Trail from Cowichan Station and connects with the Holt Creek Trestle to the north.Map
• Koksilah River Provincial Park
•Memory Island Provincial Park on Shawnigan Lake, day-use park with water sports. 10km SW of highway 1.
• West Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park
• Whippletree Junction is the creation of Randy Streit (1937-2001). In 1968 he started moving antique buildings which were destined to be demolished and moved them to their present location. The shop Black Coffee and other Delights was a post office and bank originally from Cobble Hill. Whippletree Junction is located north of Cobble Hill half way between Nanaimo and Victoria. Whippletree Junction's name was derived from the harness part to which a horse is hooked up to a buggy or wagon.
• Kinsol Trestle The Kinsol Trestle is one of the world�s largest wooden structure of its kind. Built in 1911 for the Canadian Northern Pacific Railway and was in use until 1979. Popular with hikers, cyclists and horseback riders. To get to the Kinsol Trestle from Victoria, take Highway #1 up the Malahat to Shawnigan Lake. Access is off Glen Eagles Road,
Transportation: Local bus service runs regular bus routes in the Cobble Hill area.
• Airport: at Ladysmith, BC.
• BC Ferries Routes and Schedules
• Island Coach Lines
Hospitals: Serving Cobble Hill, BC
•Duncan General Hospital
Communities near Cobble Hill:
•Mill Bay, BC
•Shawnigan Lake, BC
•Cowichan Bay, BC
•Cowichan Station, BC