Category: History

Shakesides receives Historic Statement of Significance

Well known heritage consultants Elana Zysblat and John Atkin have recently completed an evaluation of the significance of Shakesides, the Comox residence of Hamilton Mack Laing. Elana and John are experienced heritage consultants, well-known in British Columbia for their engagement…

The story of Shakesides

Hamilton Mack Laing, a respected Canadian naturalist and writer, moved to Comox in 1922. When he died in 1982, he left property and cash to the Town of Comox. His home, Shakesides, built in 1949, was in fine condition, fully-furnished…

Baybrook demolished by Town of Comox

Baybrook: Built with love in 1923 – Destroyed in spite in 2015 The Town of Comox sent an excavator to the Baybrook park early on Thursday, August 6 and demolished the first home of Hamilton Mack Laing. Here are photos…

Mack Laing lives on in Brian Scott paintings

Hamilton Mack Laing (1883-1982) indeed continues to haunt the Canadian imagination, as does the memory of his eastern contemporary, Tom Thompson (1887-1917),  if only in the memory of contemporary artists.  Pictures of these two eminent Canadian painter/naturalists even sometimes bear…

National Trust endorses Baybrook as historic site

The National Trust of Canada (formerly Heritage Canada) has weighed in on the importance of Mack Laing as a historical figure, and Baybrook as a heritage property. While Heritage BC indicated that Baybrook is a “significant provincial heritage for all…

Richard Mackie blasts loss of CV heritage

With regret I have cancelled the generous offer by Evelyn Gillespie to participate in the “Authors for Independent Bookstores” day at the Laughing Oyster Bookstore on Saturday 2 May 2015. Anyone familiar with my four Comox Valley books will appreciate…

Mack Laing Saga Timeline

1922:  Famous Canadian author, artist and ornithologist, collector for the National Museum of Canada and The Smithsonian, lands in Comox June 1922.  Builds his first home “Baybrook” and marries his life-long love Ethel Hart. 1945:  Ethel Hart dies of cancer. …