Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce

Jack Chester's Walk Through History

Jack is the unofficial historian of Port Renfrew. He has over the years in Port Renfrew been active in timber, fisheries, trail building and many other tasks. Jack has documented through excellent pictures and research well over 3,000 pictures. We have documented a selection of these photos below. Thank you Jack Chester for your vision.

shay locomotive port renfrew
Shay locomotive being loaded in front of Sand Pipers Edge
The Clays, port renfrew
Eric Clay & Don Clay, lived on
Silver Spray Ranch

Bear Creek
Bear Creek, milk coming from Cowichan, speeder 122
Women working in cookhouse
The women who worked in the cook house and office for BCFP
Steam donkey
Steam donkey in the Hemingson
Creek drainage ready to load
Clearcut at Bear Creek
Clearcut at Bear Creek
with speeder
Booming ground
Booming ground Castle & Sorenson 1920s where Gordon River
carmanah
Carmanah Lighthouse 1920
unknown man
Climax, unknown man
habitat restored
Habitat restored! Ted Mahler
habitat restored
Habitat restored!
Near Lower Harris Creek Bridge
bear creek cook house
Bear Creek cook house 1940s
bear creek school
Bear Creek School 1940s
booming ground
Booming ground Castle & Sorenson 1920s where Gordon River
booming ground
Booming ground Castle & Sorenson 1920s where Gordon River
booming ground
Booming ground Castle & Sorenson 1920s where Gordon River
booming ground
Booming grounds, Morland at mouth of Gordon River 1930
booming ground
Booming grounds, Morland at mouth of Gordon River 1930
unloading pier
Unloading pier at booming grounds Port Renfrew
logs stored
Logs stored during bad weather
at Cove Bridge Malahat Log
log shute at Thrasher's Cove
Log chute at Thrashers Cove
mid 1930s
log shute at Thrasher's Cove
Log chute at Thrashers Cove
mid 1930s
log shute in Thrashers Cove
Logs splashing in Thrashers Cove Log chute 1939
logs on truck
Logs on truck 1939
stan harrison's
Stan Harrison's logging truck
late 1940s
harrison logging
Harrison Logging gas shop 1950
alfie franks
Alfie Franks, brother of Ms Larry Rowland
industrial site
Industrial site 1960s near Port Renfrew Marina
passing track
Passing track at 6 mile near
Port Renfrew
castles and sorenson's
Castles and Sorenson's
dump 1920s
hand fallers standing on springboards
Hand fallers standing on springboards 1930s
breakwater pier - booming - 1937
Breakwater pier - booming - 1937
beachcamp
Beachcamp near church 1938
Kathy Rogers
P.R. history, Kathy Rogers
last living survivor of St. Clair disaster
P.R. history, Last living survivor of St. Clair disaster. Dave
plank road to botanical beach
P.R. history, Plank road to Botanical Beach
plank road to botanical beach
P.R. history, Plank road to Botanical Beach built by the University
rescuing the MACS, Port Renfrew
P.R. history, Rescuing the MACS, sandbar near Cove Bridge 1
indian dugout canoe, Port Renfrew
P.R. history, Indian dugout canoe
$30,000 sign, Port Renfrew
$30,000 sign
red elderberries in Port Renfrew
P.R. nature, Red Elderberries,
prolific in Port Renfrew
bird
P.R. nature, bird
butterfly
P.R. nature, butterfly
driftwood in Port Renfrew
P.R. nature, driftwood
ferns in Port Renfrew rainforest
P.R. nature, ferns in rainforest
flower in Port Renfrew
P.R. nature, flower
brown's mountain, Port Renfrew
P.R. scene, Brown's mountain
main channel of San Juan
P.R. scene, Main channel of San Juan, Island Rd
pandora's mountain
P.R. scene, Pandora's mountain
port san juan sunset
P.R. scene, Port San Juan sunset
fishing fleet a San Juan Bay
P.R. scene, fishing fleet San Juan Bay
sombrio beach
Sombrio Beach
Oke home sombrio
Sombrio, Oke home
Sombrio, Rivermouth Mike's
Sombrio, Rivermouth Mike's
sombrio house
Sombrio, house
sombrio house
Sombrio, house
sombrio house
Sombrio, house
Sombrio totem
Sombrio, totem