One of the most popular days of the year is the annual Open House and Salmon Barbecue the 4th Sunday in June. This is an opportunity for old friends to come together, catch up on the news, see what’s happening at the museum, check out the new exhibits, and feast on barbecued salmon. It’s also an opportunity for newer residents to meet friends, offer some volunteer time, get a sampling of our history, try the “Goldrush”, and check out the new art in the Gift Shop and Upstairs Gallery.
Another very special day is held in December. This tradition is Moss Cottage Christmas, and the annual Snowman Building Day for the kids. The museum’s lawn is filled with snow (trucked in) for this occasion, and many little ones aged 2 to10 get their first opportunity to build a snowman, a rarity in this mild climate where snow seldom covers the ground. (Please check our Calendar of Events for date). It’s a real family day, as parents and kids test out the snow, sip hot apple cider and hot chocolate, toast marshmallows, and even sample the chestnuts roasting over the fire. For those wanting something a little more filling, hot chili is available.
And then there are the field trips…
This photo shows a field trip to Peden Lakes in the Sooke Hills, undertaken by a group of intrepid hikers on a rainy day. During the summer months, the museum generally offers a series of field trips, which can combine tours by vehicle and semi-wilderness hiking. Destinations have included semi-alpine lake areas and record-trees in the Carmanah/Walbran valleys.
The museum’s periodic newsletters may advise of such trips pending, but it’s a good idea to call the museum and leave your name and number if you’d like to be notified of upcoming field trips.