BC Forest Discovery Centre – Duncan

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Cowichan Valley Railway Locomotive No. 26 “Green Hornet”, a 1940’s engine which has been completely modified and converted to a gas powered locomotive. BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, Vancouver Island
Cowichan Valley Railway Locomotive No. 26 “Green Hornet”, a 1940’s engine which has been completely modified and converted to a gas powered locomotive. BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, Vancouver Island

The BC Forest Discovery Centre began life as a private collection assembled by Gerry Wellburn and his family. Today, the  collections include over 5,000 artifacts, operational steam locomotives, over 12 heritage buildings and an amazing collection of tools used in the logging industry. The centre is located on the Trans Canada highway just north of town, look for the large steam locomotive on the eastern side of the highway.

Many events are held throughout the year including a popular Canada Day celebration, a Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival, Christmas Express Train and a Father’s Day Tractor Show. Visit the BC Forest Discovery Centre web site for the complete list.

The BC Forest Discovery Centre is all about education and programs are held year long for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Exhibits cover everything from producing Maple Syrup to demonstrations of blacksmithing techniques. If you think the BC Forest Discovery Centre is only for kids let me assure you that’s not the case. There is something to be learned for everyone and a ride on a real steam train can’t be beat. This is one of Duncan’s favourite attractions and well worth a visit for a few hours or longer.

The 100 acre site features 40 acres of wetlands, an ideal habitat for a variety of species including raptors and waterfowl. Common birds viewed are the Great Blue Heron, Trumpeter Swans, and Bald Eagles. Numerous other birds share these wetlands as well.

Logging industry workshop display. BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, Vancouver Island
Logging industry workshop display. BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, Vancouver Island
Blacksmithing demonstration at the BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island
Blacksmithing demonstration at the BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island
Cowichan Valley Railway Locomotive No. 25 “Sampson”, BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island
Cowichan Valley Railway Locomotive No. 25 “Sampson”, BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island
Sampling Bigleaf Maple Syrup, Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island
Sampling Bigleaf Maple Syrup, Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island

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  1. Hello! I am an employee at the BCFDC and I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful article this is! Would it be possible for the photographer to get in touch with me so I could discuss use of the photos? I would love to be able to use and credit some of these on our blog or facebook page! Thanks!

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