Fifty-two years ago on April 5, 1958, an event in Campbell River BC was broadcast across the country and remains a one of a kind occurrence to this day. What was it? The largest non-nuclear explosion in the world, the blasting of the Ripple Rock, now declared an event of National Historic Significance.
The infamous rock was located 16 kilometres northeast of Campbell River in the Discovery Passage that separates Vancouver Island from Quadra Island. On the day of the blast, ships and planes were diverted, and the area within five kilometres of the site was evacuated. At 9:31am, the plunger was pushed and Ripple Rock exploded with a “cataclysmic crash.” The blast blew about 700,000 tons of rock and water 300 metres into the air, and created waves several metres high, but there was little or no environmental damage and no injuries were incurred.
This year, the Museum at Campbell River and the Ripple Rock Pub in Willow Point are joining forces to mark this special day. Patrons of the pub will receive a Two for One Pass to the Museum, and anyone who spends more than $10 in the Museum Shop gets a free Ripple Rock T-Shirt!!
Come visit us over the weekend (we are also open Monday, April 5) to view ‘The Devil Beneath the Sea’ and ‘Remembering Ripple Rock’ in the lobby of the Museum. The Shop has special items on sale to commemorate the anniversary, like the limited edition ‘Ripple Chips’.
Check the Museum website http://crmuseum.ca/exhibits/ripplerock.html for more details on the Ripple Rock story.