Ocean Falls Museum
There are few places on this earth that have equaled the unique, and large impact,
as Ocean Falls has had on so many lives.
In the hundred or so years that Ocean Falls has been around, there are
countless lives that have been affected by a place and a people. Some
say a modern day ghost town. Yet, there are those who live there, who
call it home. Others, have summer residences, that call it home. Still
others who have not lived there for many years, that still call it home,
at least in their heart.
Then there are those who have visited, and wish they could call it home,
and then those who have only heard of Ocean Falls, and have not seen,
but have fallen in love with her.
For all those that Love Ocean Falls, this museum is offering to display
a photo history of each family that lived, or lives there.
Also if you have had occasion to pass through, such as a Company
Official, Ships Captain or Crew, Pilot of one of the Airlines, Family
visitor, Tourist, or what have you, your contribution is welcome as
If you would like to be a part of this historic offer please
contact us and we will endeavor to digitize
all photos in order to display them here, giving credit to each family.
Giving the world a glimpse into the heart and soul of a town so loved.
Historic - Outsiders Point Of View
The United Worker Paper
September 1951 Page 8
A Company Town - Residents Living in Perpetual
by Austin F. Cross
Ocean Falls, BC is a pulp and paper town clinging to the steep
mountains, where the sun in some places doesn't rise till near noon,
where there are no motor cars and the people live on a slant like
mountain goats. Except for the Mounted Police, a few fishermen, a stray
Indian, and a few straggling itinerants the whole place is run by Pacific Mills.
President of the whole works is that old Ottawa boy Paul Emerson Cooper.
Here they have tennis courts hanging from cliffs. Here your life is
going up steps or down steps, when you are not walking their narrow
planked car-less roads. The baseball diamond is away up in the valley
and to get there you are likely to pant all the way unless you are a
This is a town that lives in a sort of twilight outdoors and has
nighttime at noonday indoors. The tall, steep banks of this magnificent
and at times gloomy fiord do not darken the town on their own account,
but gather low-hung clouds that throw a pall over mountain and town
Indoors, every place I visited today from the CIBC to the mill offices
were burning the lights. The people were seemingly hardly aware that
normally, people do not work under electric by day,
Here thousands of people live well, very well indeed. Except truly they
are all dressed up with no place to go. They dress splendidly, for there
is no such thing as a poor man here. There are no roads out of here. But
when the taxi was running to the Farm Road one mile and seven eights
then there was a steady stream of kids who saved their money and took
taxi ride for the round trip.
There is no railway. Even planes can not get in here, and you either
charter a private machine, of small proportions, with no toilet
facilities and slow speed, which you step into along the water front or
else you get on the steamer, go north overnight, then fly from Prince
But one thing they do excel in is swimming. The company has built a fine
swimming pool and because of that Ocean Falls has produced more
championship swimmers, more Empire games natators, more potential
Olympic contestants than any other city in Canada per capita. Indeed,
you probably could pick all your 1952 swimmers to go to Helsinki for the
Olympics from Ocean Falls and do all right.
I am sitting facing a fog swathed fjord watching the rain come down as
it inevitably does more than 200 days a year. I am looking out from the
fifth floor of the super modern Martin Inn. Here workers can room for as
little as $21 a month, that normally would cost $4.00 per day. The
cafeteria and coffee shop work almost round the clock to accommodate the
three shift a day, seven day a week workers.
Ocean Falls is a city of beautiful homes, magnificent public buildings
and empty jail cells.
-- Ottawa Journal –
Retrieved from Archive
microfiche, by David Leverton
Ocean Falls Museum Is Looking For
Family Photos And Movies
To display Here on this site.
Each Contribution Will Be Displayed On A Page Named For That Family.
Please Don't Delay
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