Holberg, British Columbia

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Holberg is located in British Columbia
Holberg
Holberg
Location of Holberg in British Columbia

Holberg (pop. 200) is a small settlement on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The community was established in the early 1900s by Danish settlers who named their new home in honour of Baron Ludwig Holberg, the great Danish playwright.

Holberg is on the long, winding, unpaved road to Cape Scott Provincial Park,[1] San Josef Bay[2] and Winter Harbour.

Nearby Ronning Gardens,[3] an anomaly in the west coast temperate rainforest, was created by Norwegian settler Bernt Ronning around 1910.

Holberg has always been noted for logging and copious amounts of precipitation.

During the Cold War, the Royal Canadian Air Force established RCAF Station Holberg, a Pinetree Line radar base.

Up on one of the roads of Holberg is a small school called San Josef Elementary. There has never been a large number of children there.

Holberg is serviced by an AM radio station, CFHG 1490. CFHG began operations on April 16, 1963 from studios at CFS Holberg. The station primarily aired the programs of Vancouver CBC Radio station CBU, but it also aired local programs produced by volunteer staff at the station. CFHG, which produced up to 28 hours of local programming per week in the beginning, gradually increased its local programming content to as much as 68 hours a week by 1984. When CFS Holberg closed and was mostly dismantled in 1990 due to budget cuts, CFHG was sold to Western Forest Products Ltd. and became a community-owned full rebroadcaster of CBU. Like other CBC Radio One repeaters on Vancouver Island, CFHG now rebroadcasts CBCV-FM Victoria.[4][5]

Visitor guidance[edit]

Visitors to Holberg typically pass through fabulous natural parks that are made accessible via logging roads. With the exception of Winter Harbour, land access to San Josef Bay, Raft Cove Provincial Park, and Cape Scott Provincial Park is all by way of Holberg. The town itself carries its own interesting history and is worthy of a quick stop to see the remnants of what was once the world's largest floating town.

Despite the very low population, the Scarlet Ibis Pub remains in operation, providing a relaxing, family friendly stop on the way to and from the surrounding destinations.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Holberg
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 15.5
(59.9)
15.6
(60.1)
20.6
(69.1)
27
(81)
32.5
(90.5)
30.6
(87.1)
31.1
(88)
32.5
(90.5)
31.1
(88)
22.8
(73)
16.1
(61)
15.5
(59.9)
32.5
(90.5)
Average high °C (°F) 6.1
(43)
7.3
(45.1)
9.2
(48.6)
11.7
(53.1)
14.1
(57.4)
16
(61)
18.9
(66)
19.6
(67.3)
18.1
(64.6)
13.3
(55.9)
7.9
(46.2)
6.1
(43)
12.4
(54.3)
Average low °C (°F) 0.8
(33.4)
1.3
(34.3)
1.7
(35.1)
2.9
(37.2)
5.5
(41.9)
8
(46)
10.1
(50.2)
10.6
(51.1)
8.6
(47.5)
6.2
(43.2)
2.8
(37)
1.1
(34)
5
(41)
Record low °C (°F) −17.2
(1)
−11.5
(11.3)
−6.5
(20.3)
−6
(21)
−1.1
(30)
1.5
(34.7)
3
(37)
4
(39)
0
(32)
−2.8
(27)
−15
(5)
−14.4
(6.1)
−17.2
(1)
Precipitation mm (inches) 504.1
(19.846)
399
(15.71)
371.2
(14.614)
285.3
(11.232)
197.2
(7.764)
173.8
(6.843)
104.2
(4.102)
114.1
(4.492)
253
(9.96)
448
(17.64)
552.7
(21.76)
509
(20.04)
3,911.4
(153.992)
Source: Environment Canada[6]

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Coordinates: 50°39′21″N 128°00′41″W / 50.65583°N 128.01139°W / 50.65583; -128.01139