Letter of Support

April 11, 2016
Regional District of Nanaimo
To Whom It May Concern:
On Friday, April 8, 2016, we had the opportunity to ride on the 130th Anniversary Island Train in Nanaimo. It was a totally awesome and fun day and we greatly appreciated being given the chance to be on this ride.
We were both born and raised in Victoria and the E & N Dayliner was a big part of downtown Victoria.
(Bill) – I only rode the Dayliner once when I was a young boy and delivered the Victoria Time Colonist and won a free trip to Courtenay. It was an experience I will always remember – the tressels and scenery along the rail route. Until last Friday I had never been on another train.
(Miriam) – my family rode the Dayliner most summers to visit relatives in Courtenay. It was the highlight of our summer vacation.
When we moved to Ladysmith we took our children to Victoria on the Dayliner to visit relations – they were so excited and loved every moment on the trip.
It now saddens us to think our own grandchildren and future generations will not be able to experience this adventure on Vancouver Island.
We strongly urge the RDN to re-consider re-instating the Dayliner service so both tourists and island residents can enjoy the beauty that is not see by driving the Malahat in a vehicle.
Bill & Miriam Rose
1140 Cloke Road
Box 1488
Ladysmith BC
V9G 1B1

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