Pat Foster was bestowed with the Town of Lake Cowichan’s highest honour, Freeman of the Town. In 2015 Foster was honoured for her many years of service to the community as a school board trustee, town councillor and other community involvement. She has lived in the Lake Cowichan area most of her 76 Years, along with her husband and children.
Although Foster is now retired from public life, she has not stopped being involved in the community. She is very active with the museum, the Community Forest Co-op, and Communities in Bloom.
The 75th Anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our Town and the people, history and story on how we came to be the community we are.
Our pioneers worked hard, earned a living, built roads, built a Town with shopping, post office, doctors’ offices, churches, municipal office, public works yard to do all the work for services such as water and sewer facilities and Police to keep us safe.  

They started out with only the forested lands, mountains and lake around us.  
Families cleared the land, grew vegetables, had cows and chickens. They used boats every week to bring their produce, milk and eggs down to the Foot of the Lake to sell to the people who lived here because at that time there were no roads. 

Logging camps surrounded the lake with
float homes for people to live in, logs were floated in the lake and sent down the river to Cowichan Bay to market. 

The first stage coach ran into Duncan on a dirt road in the early 1900s and this stage coach is still intact to this day; it is the property of the Kaatza Station Museum and is on display at the Green Property.  

Early on, mills were built and the railroad came into the area in the early 1900s with the First Passenger train in 1913.   

The Town was incorporated on August 19, 1944 and now we have been here for 75 years.  A milestone in the history of any community and one we should celebrate with appreciation for our history and our pioneers. We should enjoy this beautiful place we live in.
Pat Foster
The Town Was Hopping in May!
The first Cowichan Lake Photography Exhibit during Heritage Days (May 18 & 19) was a resounding success if one is to judge by all the positive comments and the time visitors took to view all the entries. It was wonderful to receive submissions from both new photographers as well as professional ones. First Choice Award went to Ed Ufnal for his Trestle to the Duck Pond photo. Read More here .
Thank you to the Kaatza Art Group f or donating 20% or their sales from the "Feature Board" to the 75th Anniversary.
Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Fishing Derby (May 18 & 19)
With some of the finest trout fishing on Vancouver island, the Lake Cowichan 75 th Anniversary Fishing Derby held over the May long weekend attracted 99 entries from Victoria to Campbell River as well as many local anglers all eager to share in the over $8,000 in cash and prizes. Promoted as a fun event for the entire family, the organizers were delighted to welcome a number of youngsters who also  “weighed in” on the lively action. 

“High Fives” to the organizers of the Derby:
Grant Treger -Event Organizer; Rick Madill – Event logistics; Anne Treger – Tickets and Admin; Wendy-Anne Butler – Weigh-In recorder; Mallory Marrs Katherine Worsley (CLDCC)– Poster/ticket design/printing; Tracy Hamilton (Three Point Creative)– PR and Media; Corinne Weber , Dianna and Spencer Janes, Lori LaFave , Lynn Ross – Banquet Raffles/admin; Michaela Sale and
Craig Fluter Cowichan Lake Marina.
Congratulations to all of the Derby winners:
Robert Gee (Lake Cowichan)1st place 1.326 kg
Kyle Hughes (Lake Cowichan) 2nd place 1.214 kg 
Wendy Butler (Ladysmith) 3rd place 1.193 kg
13 to under 16 winner Elijah Vaughan .671 kg
Under 13 Colton Welters 1.068 kg
(All Cutthroat Trout) Read More here

Pictured: Bob Crandall, Cowichan Lake Salmonid Enhancement & Hatchery Society, releases frys into the Cowichan River, with a little help from his friends.
75th Gigantic Garage Sale (May 25) - Lake Cowichan
After 10 hours of working the Giant Community Garage Sale, the events team and their volunteers were completely exhausted. This group of people, some life-long residents, and others here barely a year, came together to organize an epic celebration, and as a result are becoming good friends. We work together, help each other, and laugh. A lot. To me this is what being a part of a community means. Working together, helping each other, and building friendships. By working together our community raised over $1800 at the garage sale for our 75th Anniversary Celebration.
 Read More here .
By Cathy Craft
Whatzup In June
Wanted: Vendors for August 17th, 18th.
Be part of the 75th Celebration at Saywell Park. We are inviting food trucks, artisans, crafters, and local non profits to join us at 'Imagination Junction'. Limited space available. All applications will be on a first come first served basis and assigned locations based on classification and needs.
Application Deadline: July 1, 2019. Vendor Application.
75 Days, 75 Ways, to WIN to the 75th!
Join us for the 75-day countdown to the Town of Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Celebration Weekend August 16th -18th.
Starting June 5th, each day a winning name will be drawn for that day's prize. That's a prize every day for 75 days leading up to the BIG weekend!
Purchase 1 for $5 or 3 for $10. If you win, you receive that day's prize from our great sponsors, PLUS, your ticket gets re-entered for a chance to win again, & again, so purchase early! 
Tickets are available in Lake Cowichan at Home Hardware, Lorna's Emporium, Irly Bird Lake Cowichan Home Centre or from any 75th Anniversary Committee member. 
Winners will be posted daily on our FaceBook page and website . Check out our website for the full list of prizes and winners, PLUS, tune in for past weekly winners to be announced each Thursday in the 4 o'clock hour on 89.7 Juice FM.
It's 75 Days and 75 WINS as we countdown to the Town of Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Celebration happening August 16th - 18th!
Take a Look at other events at the lake coming up in June here .
"Those Lake People" by Lynne Bowen
A thousand years ago there was only the lake and the native people who used its resources. A hundred years ago the scattering of recluses and A-frame loggers who chose to live along its shores in relative isolation made little impact on the abundance of trees and clear water. When the arrival of the railroads made it possible, industry grew, and the building of sawmills kept more of the benefits of the forest wealth at the lake. More people came to stay. But as the forest receded and the mills closed, the community’s children had to go elsewhere to find work. Now the tourists are returning and retirees have discovered a haven of low living costs and natural beauty. In the wake of trailer parks and new housing developments, environmentalists keep up their tireless refrain – remember the forest.  Read More here .