If you live in Nanaimo and haven't heard this story...
The scene: An explosives factory above the shore of Departure Bay, at the bottom of today's Cilaire neighbourhood. (Cilaire is named for the last powder works to occupy the space.)
What happened: An explosion ripped the place apart. It was so powerful that it wrapped a rail around a tree - here's a photo:
That explosion also killed five men. Three kilometers away, the people of Nanaimo thought there had been another disaster in the mines underground.
Jan01: A new four-sided clock, Nanaimo's pride and joy, is set in motion for the first time on the (already old) sandstone post office overlooking the harbour on Front St.
Here's a photo of that post office (I freaking love