Volunteer of the Year – Marjorie Beer

This past week, April 17 to 24th celebrates National Volunteer Week.  On Wednesday, April 21, the Volunteer Centre held their annual Awards night at the Campbell River Museum, with nominees for ‘Volunteer of the Year’ attending.  The Museum’s own Marjorie Beer, who has been volunteering at the Museum for 17 years, was this year’s recipient of the award.  Congratulations Marj!  The Museum values your contributions and all the help we receive from our other volunteers throughout the year.

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Hazardous Rock Obliterated in Blast

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.

Floods in Campbell River, Past and Present

In recent weeks, the combination of heavy rainfall, high tides and snowmelt has created fears that we might see flooding, particularly in the Campbellton area, although Oyster River and Oyster Bay have been hard hit in the past too.  Just three years ago, a wild storm with high waves caused hydro outages and flooding across the Island Highway at Oyster Bay, closing off the road.  While we can still experience some level of flooding, we will likely never see the high levels reached in the past, before BC Hydro harnessed some of the power of the Campbell River.

Before the John Hart Dam was built, areas beside the raging Campbell River could be particularly hard hit by high tides and the rising waters of the river.  In 1935 (see photo) and 1939, significant flooding occurred in the Campbellton Flats after snow from a heavy snowfall melted.  During the 1939 flood, waters reached the second step of the Quinsam Hotel, and an 80 ft cedar tree rushing down the river almost destroyed the bridge.  That same year, there was a washout at the Oyster River and a barn had floated across the road, effectively blocking traffic.  Even after the dam was built, Campbell River experienced torrential rains in 1968 that took out two main water lines and this time, the Quinsam Bridge was wiped out.

Although this year the Seawalk was covered with debris after high tides and a recent storm, the rains abated in time to avoid flooding in Campbellton. Even with BC Hydro diverting water from the Upper Campbell into Elk Falls, the Campbell River did not overflow its banks.

If you are looking for information on any past events concerning the Campbell River area, the Archives at the Museum contains a wealth of information in the form of  newspaper clippings, photos, videos and books (some resource and some available for lending).  Our knowledgeable staff are pleased to help you find what you are looking for.  Archive hours are Tuesday to Friday 1-4pm or by appointment – 250-287-3103.

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