Collection PR-2373 - West Coast Development Company collection

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West Coast Development Company collection

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  • 1912-1914 (Creation)
    West Coast Development Company

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13 cm of textual, graphic, and cartographic records

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The West Coast Development Company was incorporated on September 12, 1912. The company aimed to develop land as a resort area around Clo-oose, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The company was dissolved in 1919.

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The collection consists of records relating primarily to the West Coast Development Company, which aimed to develop land, located near Clo-oose on the west coast of Vancouver Island, into a resort destination. The company often used the tagline—Canada’s Greatest Pleasure Resort—interchangeably with its proper name. The records include those relating to the company act and shareholder reports, share certificates held by J. Alfred Tougas, land purchase records and lists of individuals who have purchased lots, correspondence, maps of the development, promotional material, and city guides for Vancouver, Victoria, and Edmonton. Tougas’ name appears on many of these records.

The collection also consists of notes and research files compiled by the donor, some of which relate to the West Coast Development Company records. Included in this file are two photographs, possibly of J.A. Tougas. There are records relating to a previous donation to the RBCM (1989) as well (see Associated Materials note below). There is also a file containing four photographs which are not directly related to the West Coast Development Company, but two of which depict scenes near Clo-oose and Nitinat River.

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  • Additional West Coast Development Company publications can be found in the library collection under the following call numbers: NWp 971.24 W522c and NW 971.24 W522. These were copied by Canadiana online (Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions) and are available online.

  • The Human History Department also holds West Coast Development Company materials: 989.21.1 consists of the original projector used in southern BC, Winnipeg, and for talks onboard the coastal steamer used to take buyers to the proposed real estate development at Clo-oose; 989.2.2 and 989.2.3 consist of 151 glass lantern slides showing the site and plans for development; 989.21.4 and 989.21.5 contains the script and examples of promotional pamphlets; and 991.12.10-16 contains prints related to the development

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Accession number: 2017.65

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  • Box: 002349-0788