Commemorative Events to mark 75th Anniversary of Internment

April 7th, 2017

Cumberland Museum and Archives, and No. 1 Japanese Townsite. By Donation.

Resurfacing:  Memories of the Royston Lumber Company and the No 1. Japanese Townsite

On Friday, April 7th, from 2:00 to 3:00, the Cumberland Museum and Archives invites the public to join us for a presentation on the Royston Lumber Company and the community of Japanese Canadians who lived and worked there. The Royston Lumber Company was founded in 1917 and was a highly significant operation located about 2 miles south of the town of Cumberland. All of the company’s shares were Japanese owned, and approximately 100 or more Japanese were employed by the mill, either directly or through logging. The presentation showcases archival photos, artifacts, film and oral histories from our collections.

Then, at 4:00, join Dawn Copeman for a guided walking tour of the No. 1 Japanese Townsite in Coal Creek Historic Park, where a prominent Japanese Canadian community flourished for 49 years, until 1942 when the Government of Canada enacted the War Measures Act and thirty-one families were forcibly removed. Meet at the Cumberland Museum and Archives at 3:30 to walk to the site, or meet at the parking lot entrance to the No. 1 Townsite, on Cumberland Lake Road at 4:00. For further information, or directions, visit

These commemorative events are made possible by the Comox Valley Community Foundation and the Community Fund for Canada’s 150. By donation. Pre-registration not required.