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category: History
published: Nov 2020
publisher: Royal BC Museum

Deep and Sheltered Waters

The History of Tod Inlet

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

tagged: post-confederation (1867-), historical geography

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 Gray draws from 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.

About the Authors
David R. Gray is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author.

David R. Gray is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author.

Robert D. Turner has been researching, photographing and writing about transportation history for over forty years. His work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Canadian Railroad Historical Association’s Lifetime Turner Achievement Award and the American Association for State and Local History’s Award of Merit. A retired heritage consultant and a curator emeritus at the Royal British Museum, Turner has travelled widely around the world photographing the last steam railways and early industries while documenting the people, places and stories of this disappearing history and culture. He is receiving an honorary doctorate degree from Simon Fraser University in June 2022. He lives near Nanaimo, BC.
Contributor Notes

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.

Dr. Nancy J. Turner is distinguished and Hakai professor in ethnoecology in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. Robert D. Turner is the author of The Klondike Gold Rush Steamers and 17 other books.

Editorial Review

"One should read Gray's book not only to bring depth to a space they visit or think of fondly, but, as importantly, to understand the history of who we are and have been, to remember a once thriving community that no longer exists, and challenging truths we are all connected to as British Columbians." “Jacquelyn Miller, for BC Studies

With Deep and Sheltered Waters: The History of Tod Inlet, David Gray provides an account, both expansive and personal, of one of Vancouver Island's most iconic yet misunderstood places . . . an ecological success story as well as a detailed study of the rise and fall of a working community."?Matthew Downey, for the Ormsby Review

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