Deep Roots on Vancouver Island
Stone Tree Farm has deep roots on Vancouver Island. My father Pat Flynn spent his formative years (1930-42) growing up in Port Alice on Northern Vancouver Island before joining the Canadian Airforce and heading to England to fly missions with Coastal Command. He returned to attend UBC and graduated as a Pharmacist, married Sylvia Flynn in 1954 and opened the first drugstore in Comox in 1959. The Flynn’s moved to Parksville in 1963 and again opened the first Drug Store in town in 1963.
I was fortunate to grow up on Temple road on ten acres of waterfront with horses and fishing as our main activities. Our neighbours across the fence were contract loggers and developed the large farm on the west side of the Island Highway as you cross over the North West Bay Logging road.
Family Owned Since 1988
Parksville became too busy, too many paved roads and my parents sold our family home in 1979 and we moved to Nanoose on Saddle Drive beside the newly opened Rocking Horse Pub (1975 Thanks Dave Barrett). I married Eve Toy of Vancouver in 1988 and we purchased the land that was to become Stone Tree Farm that same year.
Our land was logged in 1987 and in fact was originally owned by the logging company MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. The 160 acre lot was subdivided in 1988. I walked all 13 lots and chose lot 6 as it was relatively flat and had good road access. These lots were offered for sale at around $70,000 as raw land with no improvements and a lot of Logging slash to manage. The market for raw land on the island was not good at that time and most people saw the recently logged land as unattractive but we were young and the land had lots of potential in the long run.
We bought our first Backhoe (Laurence 1974 Ford 6500) , started digging up stumps, drilled a well, built a log house and started our family.
We had replanted all of the previously logged land with a variety of tree species planning to create a Xmas tree farm at that time but our time was mostly committed to raising our family and earning a living.
Those 12,000 seedlings can be seen today throughout the Farm and are mostly over 50 feet tall and one foot in diameter, in fact we have used some for firewood! The kids grew up and moved to the south island, Kate in fact was married on the farm in 2019 and has a new son “Flynn”
I retired from a long career in the Forest Industry in 2015 and started redeveloping our lands once again into what we are now calling Stone Tree Farm. Eve is still working mostly with School District 69 as an elected School Trustee having retired from running our local Community Hall for 25 years.
Yes deep roots on the Island…
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