Posted by: cherylyoung | July 25, 2012

Once the site of th world’s largest floating logging camp Holberg is now entirely land-based

In the early 1900′s, hardy Danish colonists headed

inland from windswept coastal settlements and named

their new village after Baron Ludwig Holberg, a

distinguished historian and dramatist.

Once the site of the world’s largest floating logging camp,

Holberg is now entirely land-based.

The route to this small hamlet of 200 people passes

brilliant blue lakes and forested valleys.

The area’s lakes and waterways are well protected for

boating and kayaking.

Keep your camera handy, as the northern region of

Vancouver Island is a remarkable area teeming with

wildlife, and the chances of seeing bear and deer are

good.

Location: Holberg is located 42km west of Port Hardy

at the head of Holberg Inlet.

Port Hardy is the closest commercial Airport providing

flights to Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and many coastal

communities.

Ronning Gardens: Visit the garden and homestead

established by Norwegian settler Bernt Ronning in 1910.

Ronning wrote to all corners of the world asking for exotic

seedlings, planting nearly 5 acres with many species

of trees, shrubs and flowers collected from all over

the world.

His house and garden became a regular way station for

the settlers hiking from Cape Scott, Raft Cove, and

San Josef Bay.

After Ronning died in 1963, the garden was reclaimed

by the temperate rainforest until the property was

purchased some years later and the garden freed from

the invading rainforest.

Find old and new Monkey Puzzle Trees; drifts of bulbs

in spring; old rhododendrons in early summer; maple,

beech, and oak leaves in fall; and gnarled branches

in winter.

The Ronning Gardens are located beside

San Josef Wagon Road near Holberg, and can

be reached by a pleasant 10-minute walk on a

restored section of the  old San Josef Wagon

Road.

Take bug repellent with you.

The Shoe Tree was begun as a lark by Holberg resident

Tracey Anonson in 1989.

The old cedar snag now bears hundreds of shoes,

sneakers, sandals and boots left by passing travellers.

The Shoe Tree is located on the north side of the Holberg

Road, at the eastern end of Kains Lake.

CHERYL YOUNG, REALTOR AND BLOGGER

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C

www.cherylyoung.ca  cbythesea

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