From its origins as a private collection assembled by founder Gerry Wellburn and his family, the BC Forest Discovery
Centre has grown to become one of Duncan’s favourite attractions. The museum's collections include over 5,000 artifacts ranging from operational steam locomotives to chainsaws, as well as a dozen heritage buildings.
Read all about Gerry Wellburn and the origins of the BC Forest Discovery Centre by clicking the links of our History Menu above. Sources for this historical information include:
Cowichan Newsleader, "Forest Museum project will get 4 to 1 support outside", May 1964
Norman Gidney, "Gerry Wellburn recalls old train that drove him to create museum", Horizons, December 30, 1990.
Gray Campbell and Michael Coney, Forest Adventure: A Guide to the British Columbia Forest Museum, Porthole Press Ltd: Sidney, 1985
BC Forest Museum scrapbooks
Gerry Wellburn, speaking to the Pacific Forestry Centre, "The History of Logging in the Cowichan Valley", May 31, 1989 Vern Wellburn.