Westholme, British Columbia, Canada is
located just east of Hwy 1, West of Crofton
on Vancouver Island.
(2006) 2,500 people
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
R26;Visitor Centre (Community and Tourism Information)
Alison Philp, Visitor Services Coordinator
381a Trans Canada Hwy
Duncan BC V9L 3R5
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
Rail Train Station
R26;Nanaimo Airport, Cassidy
Serving Westholme BC
R26;Cowichan District Hospital:
3045 Gibbins Road
Duncan, BC V9L 1E5
Villages & Communities near Westholme:
R26;Maple Bay, BC
R26;Thetis Island, BC
R26;Yellow Point, BC