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About Maple Bay and Mount Tzouhalem

This charming community of Maple Bay is a seaside playground, offering a snug haven for boaters and kayakers, and a wonderful beach for exploring sea life or for collecting shells and driftwood. A pretty seaside community located in a narrow inlet and surrounded by smooth, pebbled beaches, Maple Bay is one of the finest natural harbours on the West Coast, and bustles with marine activity all year round. The sheltered haven of Maple Bay is situated halfway up Sansum Narrows, and separates Vancouver Island from Saltspring Island, the largest and nearest of the southern Gulf Islands.

Maple Bay is located in the Cowichan Valley of southern Vancouver Island. Only 15 driving-minutes from Maple Bay is Duncan, the City of Totems, and home to the Quw'utsun' Cultural & Conference Centre.

South of Maple Bay toward the tiny village of Genoa Bay, the 536-metre Mount Tzouhalem has hiking and biking trails for all ages and levels of ability, including wonderful wildflowers and spectacular views.


Mount Tzouhalem, rising above the moorages of Maple Bay (at 502 meters or 1647 feet), used to be known on the marine charts as Mount Tzuhalem. But the name was changed in 2000, to reflect the preferred local spelling.

Mount Tzouhalem, north of Cowichan Bay, is named after the most legendary war chief of the Cowichan Coast Salish.

First Nation history

The Coast Salish First Nation people called this mountain "Cowichan" (various spellings meaning variations of "basking in the sun"). Legend tells that during the Big Flood the people of the valley took shelter here. When the waters began to subside they spied a frog basking in the sun on the side of the mountain. The frog rock formation was called "Pip'oom" (various spellings meaning "little swelled-up one"). It is said that people with good eyes can still spy "Pip'oom" on the side of the mountain.

In 1844 Chief Tzouhalem led a historically documented attack on Fort Victoria. Chief Tzouhalem was angry that the colonial authorities had tried to collect damages from him for some cows that had been killed by his people, on his lands.

The Coast Salish Indians were unacquainted with domestic animals, and Chief Tzouhalem refused to acknowledge that the white settlers cattle had any special status.

As one of the Chiefs of Cowichan, Chief Tzouhalem was very vocal with his belief that within Indian Land; Indian rights came first. His verbal response to the demands for him to pay compensation was:

"The Indian law is this: The animals which walk on our lands belong to those who have the skill to kill them." Chief Tzouhalem

Conflicts were frequent between the Salish Indians and the Colonists in the mid to late 1800ís; as the settlers began claiming, and fencing in the traditional hunting and gathering grounds for the use of their domesticated animals and crops.

Because of Chief Tzouhalemís rebellious nature towards the white settlers who were continuously encroaching in the traditional Cowichan territory, and the amount of attention that he was generating with the occupants of Fort Victoria, for the protection of his village Chief Tzouhalem retreated to the isolation and refuge of a cave in the side of the Mountain that now bears his him.


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About the Tzouhalem-Maple Bay Website

Tzouhalem-Maple Bay is a private weather station website created as both a development and experiment in weather-related computing.

Although now called Tzouhalem-Maple Bay, the weather station was started under the name Sunwood Lakes Weather Information in 1993, while still were living in Olympia, Washington, USA.

The weather Web site was temporarily closed as we moved and got settled into our new-old home in Maple Bay, on the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Originally, the weather Web site was designed from templates created by the Weather Display software. Eventually, those templates were re-designed and re-adapted for the canadian metric system.

And then, sometimes during the summer of 2007, new templates were discovered... And thus, the weather station website was reborn as Tzouhalem-Maple Bay Weather!

This site's look and feel, as well as much of the external content, would not be possible without the help and talents of a number of extremely skilled and generous people. In no particular order, I offer my extreme gratitude to a number of folks in the weather community:

  • The appearance of the Tzouhalem-Maple Bay Weather Web pages is based on the Weather Display/PHP/AJAX Website templates designed by Ken True of Saratoga-Weather.org. Some of those PHP scripts are used to display, for example, the forecasts and the watch/warning information. Plus, there is the incorporation of AJAX scripts that allow "static" pages to display dynamic data in near real time.
  • Tom Chaplin, the Webmaster of CarterLake.org for the original CarterLake AJAX templates and many useful PHP scripts, many of which have been used by Ken True (above) and are being used in our pages.
  • Kevin Reed of TNET Weather for some great PHP scripts used in our pages.
  • Steve Hatchett at SoftWX, developer of Virtual VP and VP Live software. Virtual VP allows up to eight weather software applications to share the data feed from a single weather station (through the use of a single serial or USB port operating as a virtual serial port). This has long been the "Holy Grail" of personal weather station operators!
  • Brian Hamilton, the designer of the Weather Display software, and the nameless people at Davis Instruments for their involvement in the design of the wonderful Vantage Pro2 and Vantage Vue weather stations and the WeatherLink software.
  • Graeme Kates of Arthur's Pass, New Zealand, for his creation of the FWI Calculator, a software application that calculates the Fire Weather Index based upon data from a personal weather station.

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