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The Community
Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

Westholme, British Columbia, Canada is located just east of Hwy 1, West of Crofton
on Vancouver Island.

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Population: (2006) 2,500 people
Location: Latitude / Longitude - 48:51:56 N. / 123:38:13 W
Relative Location:: In North Cowichan Municipality, West of Crofton, Chemainus Land District
Westholme is 200 feet [60.96 m] above sea level
Native Bands: Halalt First Nation
Area Code: 250
Name Place and History:
R26Westholme, also known as Hall's Crossing, is listed in Williams BC Directory 1892, as a flag station on the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway. Westholme first appears in E&NR timetables in June 1895.
R26Westholme (Village) was adopted in the 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924. R26Westholme (Post Office) identified in the 1953 BC Gazetteer.
R26Form of name changed to Westholme (community) 15 March 1983.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer - BC Geographical Names Office

R26;Catalyst Mill
Nestled into the protected waters of Osborne Bay, Westholme is a community that is bustling with activity. This is a deep sea port that services the Catalyst Mill. Deep sea freighters come from all over the world to load paper from the mill, while tugboats haul logs and barges for chips or rail cars.
R26;Sea Walk
Early in the 1990s a vision was conceived by the Westholme Community Centre Society to create a scenic walkway along the Westholme shoreline. In 2002 phase one of the seawalk was completed on Westholme's 100th anniversary. The seawalk will stretch from the wharf and ferry terminal to Westholme Beach, a distance of over one kilometre. Currently, the first two phases have been completed, with the third phase in the process. While visiting Westholme, make sure to take a stroll along the sea walk.
R26;Old School House Museum
The first Westholme school was a one-room school house built in 1905. Henry Croft himself donated two full lots for the school to used; that land is in use as of 2006. The original school continued to serve the town until 1950. In 1985 the then derelict original school house was moved four blocks down the hill and located near the shoreline where it was restored and is now used as a museum. A visit will illustrate some of the colourful past of this vibrant community.
R26;Westholme Beach
Play area, ferry terminal, and picnic area. Newly added foot bridge along the shoreline. Access from downtown Westholme.
R26;Westholme Farmer's Market:
Westholme has a Saturday morning market from the first weekend in May to the first weekend in October, located in the green space next to the ferry terminal.
Other places worth exploring in or close by to Westholme in North Cowichan include; Maple Bay and the hike up Maple Mountain, beachcombing at Westholme's Osborne Bay, discovering private swimming holes on the Chemainus River Provincial Park.
R26;Saltspring Island
Westholme is also where there are many places to take some great walks, view wildlife and lots of beachcombing along the ocean shoreline.
R26;There are a number of B&B's and RV resorts in the area.

Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Information Centre for Westholme
R26;Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce
Cathy Mailhot, Manager
381 Trans Canada Hwy
Duncan, BC V9L 3R5
(250) 748-1111
R26;Visitor Centre (Community and Tourism Information)
Alison Philp, Visitor Services Coordinator
381a Trans Canada Hwy
Duncan BC V9L 3R5
(250) 746-4636
Toll Free: 1-888-303-3337

Parks and Trails:
R26;Chemainus River Provincial Park:
Access to the park is on the Hillcrest Payne logging road, off the Cowichan Valley Highway 18, 4 miles (6 km) west of Highway 1.
R26;Westholme Beach: Play area, ferry terminal, and picnic area. Newly added foot bridge along the shoreline. Access from downtown Westholme.

Westholme is the northern Vancouver Island ferry link to Saltspring Island. This interesting 20 minute ferry ride passes by picturesque Thetis and Kuper Islands. From this vantage point you can really see the full range of port and paper manufacturing activities.
R26;BC Ferries Routes and Schedules
R26;VIA Rail Train Station
R26;Island Coach Lines
R26;Nanaimo Airport, Cassidy

Hospitals: Serving Westholme BC
R26;Cowichan District Hospital:
3045 Gibbins Road Duncan, BC V9L 1E5
250) 746-4141

Cities, Towns, Villages & Communities near Westholme:
R26;Cassidy, BC
R26;Cedar, BC
R26;Ladysmith, BC
R26;Duncan, BC
R26;Gabriola, BC
R26;Ganges, BC
R26;Chemainus, BC
R26;Maple Bay, BC
R26;Nanaimo, BC
R26;Thetis Island, BC
R26;Vesuvius, BC
R26;Yellow Point, BC

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