of the most popular days of the year is the annual Open
House and Salmon Barbecue the fourth 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 get tickets to feast on
barbecued salmon. It's also an opportunity for newer residents
to meet friends, offer to volunteer some time, get a sampling
of our history, try the "goldrush", and check
out the new art in the Giftshop and Upstairs Gallery.
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
two to ten 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).
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
then there are the field trips...
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.
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