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Cowichan Valley Forest Museum Duncan (B.C.)
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Premier Bennett campaign -- forestry tour

The item consists of two reels of original film footage from 1969. It shows Premier W.A.C. Bennett at the opening of the Cowichan Valley Forest Museum in Duncan, 17 May 1969; at Prince Rupert [ferry terminal?], 19 May; visiting the Terrace & District Hospital, Terrace Municipal Hall, and B.C. Vocational School, 21 May; and laying the cornerstone for the new Bulkley Valley Forest Industries Ltd. lumber mill at Houston, 22 May. R.G. Williston, H.R. MacMillan & Waldo Skillings also appear.

[Duncan Forest Museum opening]

Stock shots. Footage of museum displays and artifacts, including switcher and shay locomotives, various cars and crummies, etc. Dignitaries at opening ceremonies.

Daylight in the swamp

Documentary. The "glory days" of logging in B.C. are evoked through dramatized sequences, archival footage and photographs, oral history interviews with old-time loggers, and historical re-creations filmed at the Cowichan Valley Forest Museum. The latter scenes feature vintage equipment, including a steam locomotive and steam donkey. The nature of the pioneer logger's life, and the impact of technological change upon that way of life, are also discussed. In one sequence, an old-time high-rigger climbs and tops a spar tree.