Growing up, Piper’s Lagoon Park was often a family favourite destination to explore.
In the late fall and into early spring, we’d pick oysters at the mouth of the lagoon. My brothers and I scrambling over the rocks gathering as many oysters as we could carry and take them over to Dad to shuck.
While Dad was busy with the oysters, we’d turn over the rocks looking for snails, crabs and blenny eels. In the tide pools, we would poke the sea cumbers and watch them expand like magic… fun times growing up :)
Shack Island is at the mouth of the lagoon. I’m not entirely certain, but I beleive the little cabins were built by Japenese fisherman who lived in the Nanaimo area back at the turn of the last century.
Back then there were no roads out to the lagoon, and by rowboat it would be a long journey to get to the best fishing spot early in the a day. So, to maximize time for fishing, the Japenese built the little cabins as a place to stay.
Today, the little cabins are used for summer vacation residents and have been passed down from one family to the next.