The Next Great Save competition has come to a close, and a Cowichan Valley icon has claimed the grand prize.
After two months of neck-and-neck competition, the Duncan Train Station has come out on top — beating nine other historical sites all contending for a $50,000 renovation.
According to the website, over 200,000 votes were placed. “Thank you to the competitors, and to the public who voted for these incredible heritage conservation projects,” reads a post on the competition’s page.
The station itself is also used to host a museum for the Cowichan Valley Historical Society.
According to their website, it serves as the central facility for the organization.
“The Cowichan Historical Society owns and operates the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives and is mandated to collect, preserve and interpret the history and heritage of the Cowichan Valley. We operate a full-service community museum offering school and public programming, permanent and temporary exhibits, special events, and archival services.”