7. Seven School Districts 1910-1917

In 1903 the Cranberry Road was made, and families began to settle in the area. called Cranberry Marsh area on the slopes where Mount Maxwell begins to rise to form Baynes Peak. They were mostly British and American, but needed free schooling. The Ganges parents thought of them as the ‘rougher element’. By 1910 there were enough children to have a school of their own - until then, the children had walked down the mountain to the Divide School.

In the mountainous south-west of the Island, families mostly from Britain had already settled on the slopes above MusgraveÍs Landing, sheep farming. The young children were home-schooled, because there was no road connecting them to the Burgoyne Valley. They travelled by boat across to Cowichan Bay instead.

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