Visitors, newcomers, and longtime residents all enjoy virtual time travel Dale Peterson’s Walking Tours of Historic Gibson’s Landing. An accomplished storyteller, Dale sketches a word-picture of the area’s original First Nations village, the arrival of the Gibsons family, and touches on early industry, fishing, and even the nightlife of early settlers! The 90-minute tours begin at George Gibson’s statue in Pioneer Park at 10a.m. All are welcome; fee is by donation.
The tour opens doors of interest and understanding for visitors and locals alike. An Arizona tourist expressed a common reaction when she said “I thought this was just another small town and was just passing through, but now I am going to stay for a couple of days.” Others have felt so ‘at home’ in the town, they decided to stay for a lifetime. As one resident noted, Dale’s tour provides “a fantastic service to the Town” as it is “not only a walk through history, but Dale personally is representative of ‘community’ – the person-to-person touch.”
Gibsons is internationally renowned as the setting for CBC’s long-running series, The Beachcombers, as well as the movie Needful Things. As a former series employee, Dale has lots of “insider” stories to share.
Dale’s knowledge of Gibsons and area history is bred in the bone; his father, Lester Peterson, established the Coast’s first museum in his home. His collection quickly outgrew the basement and moved into the purpose-built Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives building (where the tour ends). Growing up literally surrounded by Gibsons history and artifacts, Dale absorbed the stories and sense of place that walked in the door with each donated item.
The next scheduled tour is Saturday, May 19. The summer tour schedule will be posted on the ‘Lower Gibsons Historical Walking Tours’ Facebook page, or call Dale at 604.886.1424 to arrange a custom tour for your group.