One of the two Wood Family cabins on Moat Lake in Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada encountered during a March ski tour. Writer “Vancouver Islander” (real name unknown) provides a brief history of the cabins in this entry on Summit Post:
There is probably no more important a figure in the history of Forbidden Plateau than Clinton Wood. … Wood never retired from constant lobbying and advocacy in support of the area he loved so much. In 1962 his unceasing efforts were rewarded when Forbidden Plateau was formally acquired, designated a Class A provincial park and incorporated into Strathcona. Wood’s private interests in the new park could not survive the acquisition of course and he surrendered these to the government of the day acting on behalf of the public. In return, the Wood family retained the right, in perpetuity, to use their two A-frame cabins on – what else – Wood Island in Moat Lake directly beneath Castlecrag Mountain. An incomparable setting and a just reward for all that the family has contributed over the decades. These are the only private buildings within Strathcona and still frequently used by the Woods. If you’re lucky you’ll meet a family group on the way in or out, as I’ve been fortunate in doing. Introduce yourself and get chatting. The stories to be told are worth lots of your time.
Contributed by Rumon Carter.