Deep and Sheltered Waters

The History of Tod Inlet

Table of contents


1 SNIDCE?: The Place of the Blue Grouse

2 A New Enterprise?A New Community (1904?1910)

3 Expansion, Competition, Excursions and War (1911?1921)

4 The Community Adapts (1921?1940)

5 Another War, Another Ending (1941?1970)

6 Protection, Parkland and Recovery (1971?2019)



Appendix I: A Chronology of Tod Inlet

Appendix II: Place Names of the Tod Inlet Area

Bibliography and Sources


This book brings to light the fascinating story of a community and place: Tod Inlet, near Victoria, British Columbia. From the original inhabitants of the Tsartlip First Nation to the lost community of immigrant workers from China and India, from a company town to the development of parkland, the wealth of history in this rich area reflects much of the history of the entire province. David Gray draws from from interviews with elders of the Tsartlip First Nation, descendants of the Chinese and Sikh workers, and the local community, and from archives held in Victoria and Ottawa.


"One should read Gray?s book not only to bring depth to a space they visit or think of fondly, but, as importantly, to understand the history of who we are and have been, to remember a once thriving community that no longer exists, and challenging truths we are all connected to as British Columbians. " ?Jacquelyn Miller, for BC Studies

With Deep and Sheltered Waters: The History of Tod Inlet, David Gray provides an account, both expansive and personal, of one of Vancouver Island?s most iconic yet misunderstood places . . . an ecological success story as well as a detailed study of the rise and fall of a working community. "?Matthew Downey, for the Ormsby Review