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Lake Cowichan  

Sundial: 989
State/Province:  British Columbia Country:  Canada
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Poor
  Latitude and Longitude: 48° 49.542' N  124° 3.333' W
Location:
  • On the lawn on the north side of the Lake Cowichan Seniors' Centre, at the intersection of South Shore Road and Coronation Street.
 
Description:
  • This is a beautiful but standard mass-produced dial, with chapter rings for Roman numerals, hour lines, half and quarter hour lines. In the center is the sun surrounded by a compass rose, The dial itself is brass, but sits on a round cast iron base all sitting on a square concrete pillar. The gnomon was vandalized and now is missing. The base is losing its protective coat of paint and starting to rust. A thick hedge has grown up around the sundial, obscuring the sun on the east, south and west sides. It appears to be largely ignored.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Town of Lake Cowichan
  • On dial face:
    "I count only the sunny hours"

    A plaque on the pedestal reads:
    "To commemorate the contribution made to the community by our Scandinavian pioneers. 1989. Scandinavian Club."
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1989
 
References:
  • This dial is similar to the Nanaimo Harbour Front sundiall (#991)

Last Revised: 2019-09-13 16:25:56
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