Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lilac laden Vavenby and Birch Island

A recent drive through central BC took me past a sign indicating the tiny town of Vavenby. On a whim, I left the highway to explore the side road, and perhaps stop for a coffee. I stopped at a one lane bridge across a small river and asked a boy with a dog if there was a coffee shop in town. "I don't think so," he said.

I crossed the bridge anyway, and drove up the mountain to visit a sheep farm cum Bed & Breakfast, then came back by way of another tiny town called Birch Island. Both places were full of lilacs at the peak of their bloom.

Facts I learned: Vavenby was meant to be called Navenby, after an English village in Lincolnshire. Unfortunately, due to somebody's bad handwriting, the name was recorded as Vavenby, and nobody bothered to change it.

The settlement of Birch Island, which held its centennial in 2015, was named by Sarah Holt, the only woman living in the area a century ago when the first passenger train came through.

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