Central Vancouver Island


Johnson-Cull, Viola. Chronicle of Ladysmith and District. [Ladysmith, BC]: Ladysmith New Horizons Historical Society, 1980.

McCrimmon, Marilyn. Custodian of Yellow Point: The Biography of Gerry Hill. Victoria, BC: Beach Holme Publishers, 1991.

Niosi, Goody. Magnificently Unrepentant: The Story of Merve Wilkinson and Wildwood. Surrey, BC: Heritage House, 2001.

Prior, Roger, comp. Cedar by the Sea: 1890-1970. [Cedar, BC]: Roger Prior, 2020.

Sacht, Marina, ed. Farms & Folks: History of Cedar & Area. Nanaimo, BC: Cedar School and Community Enhancement Society, 2018.

Scott, Andrew. “The Apostle of Darkness: Brother XII and the Aquarian Foundation.” In The Promise of Paradise: Utopian Communities in British Columbia, 2nd ed., 137-155. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2017.


Anderson, Joy Lang. Mr. Chemainus: A Milltown Daughter Recalls Noel Frederick Lang. Duncan, BC: Fir Grove Publishing, 1995.

Elliot, Gordon R., ed. Memories of the Chemainus Valley: A History of People. [Chemainus, BC]: Chemainus Valley Historical Society, 1978.

Lang, Catherine. O-Bon in Chimunesu: A Community Remembered. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 1996.

Olsen, W.H. Water Over The Wheel. Chemainus, BC: Chemainus Valley Historical Society, 1963.

Cowichan Valley

Ackinclose, Muriel Jarvis. Between Tzouhalem and Prevost: As I Remember Duncan. Duncan, BC: Priority Printing, 2000.

Arnett, Chris. The Terror of the Coast: Land Alienation and Colonial War on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, 1849-1863. Burnaby, BC: Talonbooks, 1999.

Balme, Jennifer Hobhouse. Hidden Vale: St. Andrew’s and the Old South Cowichan. Cobble Hill, BC: St. Andrew’s Trust, 2005.

Bishop, Margaret W. “And So They Came to Cowichan.” Victoria, BC: Robinson Press, 1979.

Bonner, Virginia. The Hamlet with an Attitude: The Story of Cobble Hill, 1886-1945. Duncan, BC: Firgrove Publishing, 2001.

Bowen, Lynne. Those Lake People: Stories of Cowichan Lake. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1995.

Gagnon, Kathryn. Historic Heart of the Cowichan Valley: A Walking Tour of Duncan. Duncan, BC: Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives, 2015.

Gibson, Alice L., comp. Green Leaves and Fallen Branches: The Story of a Community – Shawnigan Lake 1887-1967. [2nd ed.] Duncan, BC: PrintCraft., 1976.

Henry, Tom. Small City in a Big Valley: The Story of Duncan. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 1999.

Hodding, Bruce A. North Cowichan: A History in Photographs. Duncan, BC: The Corporation of the District of North Cowichan, 1998.

Lines, Patricia. The Milk Lady: Memories of a Farmer’s Wife. Shawnigan Lake, BC: Patricia Lines, 1992.

MacInnes, Ian. Characters and Others. Duncan, BC: PrintCraft, 2006.

MacInnes, Ian. The Way it Was: A Glimpse of Duncan in the ’40s and ’50s. Duncan, BC: PrintCraft, 2004.

Mackay, Ellen. Places of Worship in the Cowichan and Chemainus Valleys. Victoria, BC: Sono Nis Press, 1991.

Mayo, Joan. Paldi Remembered: 50 years in the Life of a Vancouver Island Logging Town. Duncan, BC: Paldi Historical Committee, 1997.

Montgomery, Georgina. The Cowichan: Duncan, Chemainus, Ladysmith and Region. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2009.

Norcross, E. Blanche. The Warm Land: A History of Cowichan. Rev. ed. Duncan, BC: Island Books, 1979.

Paterson, T.W. Cowichan Chronicles, Volume 1. Duncan, BC: Firgrove Publishing, 2001.

Paterson, T.W. Cowichan Chronicles, Volume 2. Duncan, BC: Firgrove Publishing, 2004.

Paterson, T.W. Cowichan Chronicles, Volume 3. Duncan, BC: Firgrove Publishing, 2006.

Paterson, T.W. Cowichan Chronicles, Volume 4. Duncan, BC: Firgrove Publishing, 2008.

Paterson, T.W. Cowichan Chronicles, Volume 5. Duncan, BC: Firgrove Publishing, 2017.

Paterson, T.W. Cowichan Goes to War, 1914-1918. Duncan, BC: Firgrove Publishing, 2016.

Paterson, T.W. Historic Hikes, Sites & Sights of the Cowichan Valley. Duncan, BC: Firgrove Publishing, 2009.

Paterson, T.W. A Place Called Cowichan: Historically Significant Place Names of the Cowichan Valley. Duncan, BC: Firgrove Publishing, 2005.

Paterson, T.W. Riches to Ruin: The Boom to Bust Saga of Vancouver Island’s Greatest Copper Mine. Duncan, BC: Firgrove Publishing, 2007.

Pioneer Researchers. Memories Never Lost: Stories of the Pioneer Women of the Cowichan Valley and a Brief History of the Valley 1850-1920. Altona, MB: D.W. Friesen & Sons, 1986.

Saywell, John F.T. Kaatza: The Chronicles of Cowichan Lake. [Lake Cowichan?, BC:] Cowichan Lake District Centennial Committee, 1967.

Sheldon, Joy. Cowichan Kid. [Ladysmith, BC:] JS Books, 2020.

Williams, David R. One Hundred Years at St. Peter’s, Quamichan. 2nd ed. Duncan, BC: PrintCraft, 1977.


Burnhold, Brian D. Early Music in Ladysmith, B.C., 1902-1912. Ladysmith, BC: Ladysmith & District Historical Society, 2017.

Dunae, Patrick A. Ladysmith: Our Community, Your Credit Union – A History. Ladysmith, BC: Ladysmith & District Credit Union, 2014.

Goodacre, Richard. Dunsmuir’s Dream: Ladysmith the First Fifty Years. Ladysmith, BC: Town of Ladysmith, 1991.

Hinde, John R. When Coal was King: Ladysmith and the coal-mining industry on Vancouver Island. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2003.

Johnson-Cull, Viola. Chronicle of Ladysmith and District. Ladysmith, BC: Ladysmith New Horizons Historical Society, 1980.

Johnson-Cull, Viola. Ladysmith’s Colourful History. Ladysmith, BC: Ladysmith Historical Society, 1985.

Wood, Robert Selkirk, Jr. “The Creek, The Beach and The Bush”: Memories of Growing Up in Ladysmith, B.C. [Ladysmith, BC]: published by the author, n.d.


Caillet, Armand E. Lantzville Hotel -The Caillet Years: July 25, 1925 to October 5, 1981. [Lantzville, BC]: published by the author, 2005.

Reeve, Lynn, ed. Lantzville:The First Hundred Years. Lantzville, BC: Lantzville Historical Society, 2007.


Audain, James. From Coalmine to Castle: The Story of the Dunsmuirs of Vancouver Island. New York: Pageant Press, 1955.

Bowen, Lynne. Boss Whistle: The Coal Miners of Vancouver Island Remember. Lantzville, BC: Oolichan Books, 1982.

Bowen, Lynne. Robert Dunsmuir: Laird of the Mines. Montreal: XYZ Publishing, 1999.

Bowen, Lynne. The Dunsmuirs of Nanaimo. Nanaimo, BC: The Nanaimo Festival, 1989.

Bowen, Lynne. Three Dollar Dreams. Lantzville, BC: Oolichan Books, 1987.

Campbell, Amy. Brass Roots: A History of the Nanaimo Concert Band. Nanaimo, BC: published by the author, 1989.

Davidson, Carole. Early Nanaimo 1857-1876 from the Diary of William J Hughes. Victoria, BC: Rendezvous Historic Press, 2020.

Davidson, Carole. Historic Departure Bay…Looking Back. Victoria, BC: Rendezvous Historic Press, 2006.

Fraser, Greg N. Joseph William McKay: A Métis Business Leader in Colonial British Columbia. Victoria, BC: Heritage House, 2021.

Henderson, Vi. Pipers’ Lagoon: A Historic and Captivating Vancouver Island Park. Nanaimo, BC: Quadra Graphics, 1984.

Johnson, Patricia Mary, John G. Parker, and Gino A. Sedola. Nanaimo: Scenes from the Past. Nanaimo, BC: Nanaimo & District Museum Society, 1966.

Lindsay, Shari. Coal Mine Underground Working Atlas. Nanaimo, BC: Pacific Spatial Systems, 2004.

Matson, Ruth English. Shack Island: A Nanaimo Riddle – Nae Herring, Nae Fish. [Cassidy, BC]: RuaL Press, 2004.

McDowell, Jim. Pluck, Luck and Grit: Charles A. Bayley in Colonial British Columbia (1851-1869). Richmond, BC: JEM Publications, 2018.

Nicholls, Peggy. From the Black Country to Nanaimo 1854, Volumes 1-5. Nanaimo, BC: Nanaimo Historical Society, 1991-1995.

Peterson, Jan. A Place in Time: Nanaimo Chronicles. Nanaimo, BC: Nanaimo Museum, 2008.

Peterson, Jan. Black Diamond City: Nanaimo, the Victorian Era. Surrey, BC: Heritage House, 2002.

Peterson, Jan. Harbour City: Nanaimo in Transition, 1920-1967. Victoria, BC: Heritage House, 2006.

Peterson, Jan. Hub City: Nanaimo, 1886-1920. Surrey, BC: Heritage House, 2003.

Peterson, Jan. Mark Bate: Nanaimo’s First Mayor. Victoria, BC: Heritage House, 2017.

Reksten, Terry. The Dunsmuir Saga. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1991.

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Nanaimo, B.C. 1895-1995: A Love Story. Lantzville, BC: Hobby Printers, n.d.

Step into History: The Downtown Nanaimo Heritage Walk. Nanaimo, BC: Heritage Advisory Committee of the City of Nanaimo, 1984.

Thirkill, Charles. Nanaimo: City of Living Streams. Nanaimo, BC: Coho Books of Canada, 2002.


Stokes, Stanley C.W., ed. Errington, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Errington, BC: S.C.W. Stokes, 1971.

Leffler, Marjorie. Parksville and Then Some. 2nd ed. Parksville, BC: Riftswood Publishing, 2000.

Sivertz, Barbara Prael, Betty Assaf, and Marilyn Assaf. A History of Nanoose Bay. 3rd ed. Nanoose Bay, BC: Nanoose Bay Volunteer Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary, 1990.

Birch-Jones, Sonia, and Rosemary Redrup, eds. Times Remembered: A Collection of Memories. Qualicum Beach, BC: Qualicum Beach Seniors’ Activity Centre, 1999.

Wylie, Brad. Qualicum Beach: A History of Vancouver Island’s Best Kept Secrets. Qualicum Beach, BC: Qualicum Beach Museum & Historical Society, 1992.

South Wellington

Cunningham, Tamara. The Forgotten Valley: South Wellington 1900-1952. [Nanaimo, BC]: published by the author, 2006.

Lindsay, Shari. Coal Mine Underground Working Atlas. Nanaimo, BC: Pacific Spatial Systems, 2004.

Rintala, Larry. Where the Forest Trail Meets the River. [South Wellington, BC]: published by the author, 2011.

Singleton, Clare. Treasures of South Wellington. [South Wellington, BC]: published by the author, 2009.

South Wellington Historical Committee. South Wellington: Stories from the Past 1880s-1950s. [Victoria, BC]: First Choice Books, 2010.

Vancouver Island

Bowen, Lynne. Those Island People. Nanaimo: Nanaimo and District Museum Society, 2013.

Healey, Haley. On Their Own Terms: True Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island. Victoria: Heritage House, 2020.

Mofford, Glen A. Along the E&N: A Journey Back to the Historic Hotels of Vancouver Island. Victoria: TouchWood Books, 2019.

Paterson, T.W. and Garnet Basque. Ghost Towns & Mining Camps of Vancouver Island. Surrey: Heritage House, 1999.