G.H. 'Doc' Gildersleeve operated a small logging camp at various locations. According to Ken Drushka's book, Working in the Woods he established the first truck logging camps on the mid-coast. This photograph taken when the camp was located at King Island.
Photograph appeared in the Nov. 6, 1968 issue of the C.R. Courier newspaper with the following caption: Logs heading for Osaka, Japan as part of British Columbia Pavilion at 1970 Exposition. Logs were taller than an eight story building. They were cut by MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. Copper Canyon...
Beecher Lake Lumber Co., which was owned and operated by the Baikie family of Campbell River, was located in the Campbell River estuary area. The Beecher Lake Lumber Co. milled the wood that was logged by Baikie Bros. Logging.
A long-standing tradition on Vancouver Island - beginning with log sawing competitions around 1910, and being continued now with Campbell River's Annual North Island Logger Sports - the largest logger sport competition in Canada for the last 5 years running.
In the early years a camp was more than just a place for the men to work and sleep, but also a home for their children and families. Larger camps had family housing, schools for the children, and other such amenities.
Logging in the area has not only included Vancouver Island itself, but also some of the smaller islands adjacent to it; including Cortes Island, Read Island, Sonora Island, West Redonda Island (Teakerne Arm), and others.
A variety of companies have logged in the Menzie's Bay area (just north of the city of Campbell River) over the years, including Lamb Lumber Co., Bloedel Stewart & Welch, MacMillan Bloedel, and Campbell River Timber Co.