• 250-743-0144
  • Box 263, Mill Bay, BC, V0R 2P0 - Charitable Registration No. BN 1221 2827


At 2 pm on Sunday, October 16, behind the Mill Bay Tim Horton's, a sign commemorating Bayview School will be dedicated by the Mill Bay/Malahat Historical Society and the Cowichan Valley Schools Heritage Society.  

Former Bayview School students and teachers, and the general public, are invited to attend this event.  

Please bring your stories, photos, and other memorabilia from the school with you so more of the school's history can be documented by society members in attendance.

On Saturday, November 5, 2016, white cross placements to mark the graves of all armed services veterans will take place starting at 1:00pm at Shawnigan Cemetery with 31 crosses and continue in Mill Bay with 12 crosses at the heritage church (former Methodist/United) at the end of Church Way.  

Then at 2:00pm at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Cemetery, bagpipes will provide the background for placement of 48 crosses, with socializing and refreshments to follow in the pastoral centre.  

The Mill Bay/Malahat Historical Society coordinates these placements and is grateful for the cooperation of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 134, Cowichan Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, Malahat Lions, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, and the Old Cemeteries Society.


The Mill Bay/Malahat Historical Society …

... would like to thank Mill Bay Centre, Thrifty Foods, Valley Vines to Wines, the Malahat Chalet, European Cleaning Company, The Rosenthall Solution, Joe Ros Art and Photography and Dave Young and his fellow musicians for making the Good Old Daze Awards Ceremony and BBQ such a success.

We would also like to thank the dozens of volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this year’s event the biggest and best yet.

Thank you to the businesses and individuals who donated the prizes.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you again to everyone who took part in The Good Old Daze Event and supported the Mill Bay/Malahat Historical Society and a new South Cowichan Museum.

Mill Bay / Malahat Historical Society Museum

The museum is open EVERY Saturday from 11:00-3:00. Guided tours are available. Admission by donation.

Our museum is located at the Pioneer Square, directly across from the Salvation Army in Mill Bay on Shawnigan/Mill Bay Road.

Please consider joining other like-minded citizens as we 'dig up our history.'

Call us to request info, offer us your stories or order a copy of our DVD, One Man's Dream, The History of the Malahat Highway.

Great Gift Idea!

DVD - One Man’s Dream, the History of the Malahat Highway

A fascinating story of Major James McFarlane who singlehandedly surveyed the route and whose persistence got the road built.  What makes the story so interesting is Major McFarlane was a real character.  He was basically a drunken Irishman whose friends and family thought was crazy for attempting something everyone said was impossible.  The film is a blend of actual archive material along with re-enactments by dozens of actors.  It features many island locations and takes the viewer from the early 1900s to the present.

Produced by DVMedia and the Mill Bay/Malahat Historical Society

Cost $15 plus shipping.   Contact dalexander2@shaw.ca or call (250) 743 - 0144 to order.


The Mill Bay/Malahat Historical Society Sat. October 31st. 2015

Shawnigan Cemetery - Mill Bay United Church - St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

Veterans, peacekeepers and others who assisted in the war effort will be recognized with a “White Cross” which will stay at their graves during November. Family members and friends, as well as members of the Community, are invited to attend the service.