Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
Cedar, British Columbia, Canada is located 8 km (5 miles) 5 min
southeast of Nanaimo and 5 min north of Chemainus on Vancouver Island.
[Cedar Business Directory]
Population: 250+ people
Location: Latitude / Longitude 49°07'N / 123°51'W
Elevation: 91 feet [28 m] above sea level.
Native Bands: Nanaimo River First Nation
Nanaimo Airport: at Cassidy, BC.
•Address: 3350 Spitfire Road, Cassidy, BC, Canada V0R 1H0 - Ph: +1 250 245-4191
•Max Runway: 5000 x 200 feet (1524 x 61 meters)
Name Place and History:
The settlement was named because of the profusion of Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) trees in its vicinity. Cedar as a settlement certainly existed prior to 1888, as on April 1st of that year a post office was opened.
Coal was mined around the area until the 1960’s, when the last mine of the hub area, in Comox, closed. The mine area’s of the day were Extension, Morden, Cedar, Wellington, Yellow Point, South Wellington, Ladysmith, Miner’s Park, Gabriola, Cinnabar, Lantzville, Harewood, Jingle Pot, Newcastle, and the like. Morden Mine colliery site (PCCM) is now a heritage site with the cement pithead still looming in the tree’s. Many of the mine shafts traveled far out under the ocean and are largely filled with sea water today. For more information on the mining on Vancouver Island there is a book you can purchase called “Boss Whistle” which details the stories of the miners and how the mines affected their lives. Nanaimo city and its area is very rich in history and although not a technical ‘ghost town’, its outlying unoccupied area’s have become ghosts.
The town has an unusual history, with a somewhat unsavoury past. There is an infamous story of the mystical rake Brother Seven (Edward Arthur Wilson) and his New Age cult in the early 1900s living on DeCourcy Island and Reid Islands, just outside of Cedar. The scandals that arose from his Aquarian Foundation settlement have led to comparisons with Rasputin, scientologist L. Ron Hubbard and Jamestown fanatic Jim Jones.
Today, the town consists of a corner store, liquor store, pub and gas station and is mostly farms and cottages, though this is unfortunately changing with new developments popping up as the nearby city of Nanaimo expands.
•Cedar [Map] is southeast of Nanaimo on Hwy 1 heading for Victoria, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada.
•Cedar and Yellow Point are located in the tranquil and picturesque countryside of the east coast of Vancouver Island, on a broad forested peninsula that juts out into the waters of Stuart Channel in the Strait of Georgia. The rolling landscape of Yellow Point is rural and mostly undeveloped, providing all the pleasures of country living. The small community of Cedar on Yellow Point Road is the main settlement in Yellow Point.
• Cable Bay Trail: This trail is in Cedar, about 15 minutes' drive from downtown Nanaimo. It's a weird hike, because its featured destination is below the trailhead. The trail drops down a gentle, wide trail to a pretty seashore from which you'll see Mudge Island, Gabriola Island, and if you're a little bit lucky, sea lions. If you're very lucky, you'll see orcas.
•Directions to Cable Bay Trail: Driving south from Nanaimo, you will encounter an intersection at Maki Rd/Tenth St., where Southgate Mall is, which includes a Food Country supermarket and a Smitty's. Keep on to the next intersection, and take the left-hand turn to Cedar. Continue until you pass over the Nanaimo River via a steel bridge, and turn right immediately after. Once in Cedar, watch for the Millway Store and turn left onto Holden Corso Road. It turns into Barnes Rd. Watch for Cedar Heights Crescent on the left. The trailhead is there.
• Diving Spots: There are least two good spots near the Cable Bay trail to launch a dive from. You can turn right off of the main trail, shortly after the power lines, onto a logging road and follow it down to the water. Or you can skip the Cable Bay Trail and just continue past it to the end of Barnes Rd.
• B&B/RV:There are a number of B&B's and RV resorts in the area.
•Cedar is home to the Harmac Pulp Mill. Tours through the plant are readily available, but should be arranged in advance. Ask for more information at the Visitor Info Centre.
Transportation: at Cassidy
• BC Ferries Routes and Schedules
• VIA Rail Train Station
• Island Coach Lines
Hospitals: Serving Cedar BC
• Ladysmith Community Health Centre
1111 4th Ave ,
Ladysmith , BC
Communities near Cedar:
•Ladysmith (town), BC
•Nanaimo (city), BC
•Cassidy (town), BC
•Yellow Point, BC
•Thetis Island, BC