Lady of the Lake

Cowichan Lake Days was first held on Labour Day in 1943, 54 years ago. It began as a picnic for the area’s children. Members of the Lake Cowichan IWA local organized the event and canvassed residents to help pay for food and prizes. The event was held in the field where the Smith Block is now located.

In 1944 a decorated bike competition was added and over the next few years logger sports were introduced. The first parade was held in 1945 and the first Lady of the Lake, Dolores Traer, was selected. The winner was not really selected, but was the contestant who sold the most tickets to the event. She was given the title of ‘Lumber Queen’.

Lake Days soon outgrew the field and was moved to the old school grounds (Lisa’s Fit Stop) to make use of the old Community Hall. In 1958 there appeared in the Lake News an ad asking for 50 men to complete the Centennial Park in time for that year’s Centennial celebration. They obviously found their volunteers and the work was completed. The event has been held at the park ever since.

In 1959 the Kiwanis Club received a franchise to participate in the PNE contest. In 1979 the first Lady of the Lake Ball was held at the Riverside Inn. The Lake Days Society was formed in 1987, the same year that the Boom Chain Toss was introduced. The 1st annual 10K run and the ultramarathon were first held in 1989.

Lake Days has seen many changes over the years. It has certainly seen every kind of weather known to man, from gale force winds to brilliant sunshine and more than its share of rain.

Previous Winners

1945 Dolores Traer
1946 Delphine Williams
1947 Ruby Tasa
1948 Majorie Turner
1949 Carol Lipstack
1950 Gurdev Dley
1951 Shirley MacKenzie
1952 Doreen Towle
1953 Dorothy Peacock
1954 Irene Westwick
1955 Heather MacDonald
1956 Arlene Johnson
1957 Karen Ross
1958 Shirley Woodward
1959 Sharon Kidds
1960 Grace-Ann Malone
1961 Lois Weismiller
1962 Linda Neil
1963 Joanne Akiyama
1964 Linda Davies
1965 Susan Hildebrant
1965 Suzanne Castley
1966 Kirstin Palsson
1967 Sharon Berar
1968 Marilyn Nelson
1969 Julie Vanyo
1969 Marlene Denniger
1970 Susan Neva
1971 June Viczko
1972 Lynn Morrow
1973 Cathy Lamb
1974 Maureen Long
1975 Janet Peterson
1976 Shelly Scott
1977 Kelly Peterson
1978 Susan Hajdu
1979 Carla St. Cyr
1980 Pinder Rai
1981 Lisa Calleberg
1982 Cindy Thorpe
1983 Denise Carpentier
1984 Kim Baird
1985 Michele Peterson
1986 Robin Tapley
1987 Kirsten Nimmo
1988 Jolene Cook
1989 Julia Turner
1990 Connie Basso
1991 Selena Gough
1992 Rachel Hoole
1993 Nicole Bonenfant
1994 Bridget Walshe
1995 Brannon Nelson
1996 Shelby Sanders
1997 Paula Sohye
1998 Michelle Hartshorn
1999 Kristal McQuinn
2000 Tannis Wylie
2001 Masika Allan
2002 Tiffany Mailloux
2003 Amanda Nijar
2004 Jocelyn Lundberg
2005 Carli Feltrin
2006 Cassie Bell
2007 Jackie Johnson
2008 Randi Lundberg
2009 Sydney Rabey
2010 Bryanne Kitagawa
2011 Jorden Matson
2012 Alicia Fall
2013 Megan Berry
2014 Lauren Frost
2015 Crystal Bell
2016 Chailyn Vensel
2017 Desiree Karlsen
2018 Keely MacDonald
2019 Program in Hiatus
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