In this image, dated August, 1955, Mary Daniel, Arlene Gibbons, Margie MacGowan, Sharon Daniel and Helen Stirling prepare for a relaxing day at the beach in front of the Daniel cabin on Windermere beach. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com .    Photo (A1439) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

In this image, dated August, 1955, Mary Daniel, Arlene Gibbons, Margie MacGowan, Sharon Daniel and Helen Stirling prepare for a relaxing day at the beach in front of the Daniel cabin on Windermere beach. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com . Photo (A1439) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Editors note: The following letter is in response to the Historical Lens photo in the August 1st issue titled A day at the beach, 1955.

Dear Editor:

This photo brought back many happy memories of my childhood spent at what is now Terravista then called Windermere Beach by my parents, Walter and Eleanor Stoddart, who owned and rented fourteen rustic cabins near the iconic sandhill.The Daniel cabin was located just north of our home on property my dad had subdivided and where hesold lots for as little as $150.

Despite the many megahomesoccupying the area today, I believe their cottage is intact andstill owned by the family. Life may have been simpler then, but we had wonderful times.

The lake is still the jewel of the valley.

Bernice (Stoddart) Hathaway

Parksville, B.C.