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1937::Tragedy Calls for Change on Vancouver Island’s Malahat Highway

Updated: Mar 31

A tragic loss for Vancouver Island's sports community.


1937::Over Three Feet of Snow Falls on Vancouver Island's Malahat Highway

"1937::Over Three Feet of Snow Falls on Vancouver Island's Malahat Highway"

Photo Clip: Victoria Daily Times (1937)

Victoria, British Columbia


Three inches of snow fell on the city overnight, bringing Victoria to a standstill. Most residents remained snug in their homes, away from the chill and the slippery sidewalks. But on the Malahat Highway, where snow was still falling, a snowplow was helping determined motorists get safely over the summit. A gentleman delivering the island's daily mail was one such motorist. Amazed at the depth of snow on the summit, he stopped to take a photo and used his friend for scale.


1937::A Tractor-Snowplow at Work on the Malahat Highway, Vancouver Island

"1937::A Tractor-Snowplow at Work on the Malahat Highway, Vancouver Island"

Photo Clip: Victoria Daily Times (1937)

Victoria, British Columbia


1937::Car Plunges 90 Feet Off Malahat Highway

The heavy snowfall came one week after a fatal crash near the Malahat summit. Four men who had travelled to Victoria to watch the Harlem Globetrotters defeat the city's best in the Victoria High School gymnasium were returning home to Duncan the following day when their car slid on black ice and plunged 90 feet over the edge before landing bottom-side up. Miraculously, two of the men survived. They urged city officials to install guardrails, not knowing that they had already been installed but were a torn and tangled mess, having been hit too many times by out-of-control vehicles. Ultimately, the men's tragic accident prompted extensive road work and a higher level of year-round maintenance on the Malahat Highway.


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