Hornsby Steam Crawler

Regional District of Mount Waddington

Sources of Funding
ICET Contribution:$15,000
Regional District of Mount Waddington:$15,000
Total Budget: $30,000
Quick Facts: 

The Hornsby Crawler is the only surviving example on the continent of Roberts Hornsby’s ‘chain track” steam crawler. It was a pre-World War I forerunner to the army tank, which was adapted for local industry after 1928.

From fishing to mining and forestry – the North Island is home to a wealth of history and heritage assets connected to its long history as a resource-sector economy.  Manufactured in 1909, the Hornsby Steam Crawler is a large steam engine vehicle significant for its breakthrough “endless track” design, and connection to the Port Alice pulp mill. Remnants of the Crawler, located in Coal Harbour, are set to become the central attraction of a heritage site in development on the traditional territory of the Quatsino First Nation.

Led by the Regional District of Mount Waddington, this project will implement a full interpretive complement to the Hornsby Crawler Heritage Site, with historical displays that tell the story of logging, mining and early settlers in the region. Connection with the local Indigenous community is an important element of the project, featuring the history, culture and current economic development initiatives of the Quatsino First Nation. A micro-landing page will also be developed to market the attraction on myvancouverislandnorth.ca.

Set to be complete by the end of 2019, this project will enhance the inventory of formal heritage sites on the North Island, drawing visitors further afield and extending their stay in support of the local tourism economy. Its location in Coal Harbour will ‘bookend’ a series of heritage sites on the North Island, beginning with the 113 Steam Locomotive located in the Nimpkish Valley. Collectively these artifacts may eventually comprise a heritage trail educating visitors about the history of the North island, generating tourism spending in remote, rural and gateway communities.

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$236
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$50.5
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

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36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2019-2020 ANNUAL REPORT

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