Deep and Sheltered Waters: The History of Tod Inlet

David R. Gray, with a foreword by Nancy J. Turner & Robert D. Turner

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This book brings to light the fascinating story of a community and place: Tod Inlet, near Victoria, BC. From the original inhabitants from the Tsartlip First Nation to the lost community of immigrant workers from China and India, from a company town to the development of parkland, the wealth of history in this rich area reflects much of the history of the entire province. The story of Tod Inlet and its communities spans from Vancouver Island to the BC coast north to Ocean Falls, south to California, and east to Golden, BC.

David R. Gray draws from interviews with elders of the Tsartlip First Nation, descendants of the Chinese and Sikh workers, and the local community, and from archives held in Victoria and Ottawa. This detailed, illustrated book by an award-winning filmmaker tells the whole story of the natural area, the archaeological sites, the community of Tod Inlet, the Vancouver Portland Cement Company and cement plant (an industrial first), and the development of the Butchart Gardens.

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November 2020, PB, 264 pages

ISBN 9780772672568


David R. Gray is a researcher, writer and filmmaker. He has curated two Virtual Museum of Canada exhibitions and directed and produced six documentary films, including the award-winning Canadian Soldier Sikhs.

1 review for Deep and Sheltered Waters: The History of Tod Inlet

  1. Bruce Holland

    For many years I have hiked and kayaked into Tod Inlet and have wondered about the history of the inlet, what the ruins were, who worked here, who lived here? I could find very little information on the subject, until now. ‘Deep and Sheltered Waters’ is an excellent and very interesting read with lots of great images and maps, I thoroughly enjoyed it!!

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