Roadside Attraction in Sooke, BC - The Town Pole
The Sooke Town Pole - A Tribute to Logging
The Sooke Town Pole sounds like a cliché, but it's true - there is such a thing as a town pole.
Located in Sooke, BC on Vancouver Island at the entrance of the Evergreen Mall, this large monument is dedicated to the logging heritage of the region.
At the top, is a figure of a "high rigger", a logger who would scale the tree, harnessed around the waist, to harvest the tree top.
Down below, another logger stands on a springboard, who would work at felling the huge tree near it's base with only an axe (steam engines were used in later years).
Today, if you hike in East Sooke Park, you can still see the springboard cuts on the old stumps that remain in the forest.
Logging on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island goes back to the 1860's when the burgeoning city of Victoria was expanding.
The ancient forests of red cedars and Douglas Fir trees were cut and shipped for construction in the capital city. The second growth forest is now over a century old and the lush rainforest has returned.
The trees are HUGE and grow rapidly in the warm and wet climate along the BC coast. The only remnants of old logging days are the large stumps in the forest from which new trees have grown.
A large, protected area is now in magnificent East Sooke Park.
Coastal hiking is exceptional in this area and offers scenic trails through thick forests. There are miles and miles of rugged coast line to explore.
Protected lands cover coastal hills, rocky shorelines and secluded coves, home to birds, black bears, otters and whales. The Sooke region is a perfect natural area where the rainforest meets the sea.
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Sooke, BC is located 39 kilometers (40 minutes) southwest of downtown Victoria, BC. A scenic, windy drive takes you in the natural splendor of southern Vancouver Island. Check out the Sooke Town Pole on the drive and other roadside attractions in BC.
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