Vancouver Portland Cement Company

The Vancouver Portland Cement Company was incorporated in British Columbia on 19 April 1904. It owned land around Tod Inlet and operated limestone quarries and cement manufacturing operations on those lands. Much of the Vancouver Portland Cement Company land at Tod Inlet is now occupied by the Butchart Gardens.

Vancouver Portland Cement Company Limited, letterhead, 1911 (Author's collection)
Vancouver Portland Cement Company Limited, letterhead, 1911 (Author’s collection)

One of the Vancouver Portland Cement Company’s former limestone quarries at Tod Inlet is now the Sunken Garden at Butchart Gardens.

The Vancouver Portland Cement Company was incorporated in British Columbia in April 1904. The controlling shareholders were Senator George Albertus Cox and Edward Rogers Wood.

On 2 January 1907, Edward Rogers Wood incorporated a new Vancouver Portland Cement Company under the federal Companies Act of 1906, and the Vancouver Portland Cement Company which had been incorporated in April 1904 under B.C. provincial legislation was merged into the new federally incorporated Vancouver Portland Cement Company.

The Board of Trade Building, 31 Bastion Square, Victoria, B.C. The Vancouver Portland Cement Company had its head office in the Board of Trade Building from 1904-1906. The company kept its Victoria head office in the Board of Trade Building until 1919 (photo by Author)
The Board of Trade Building, 31 Bastion Square, Victoria, B.C. The Vancouver Portland Cement Company had its head office in the Board of Trade Building from 1904-1906. The company kept its Victoria head office in the Board of Trade Building until 1919 (photo by Author)

With the new federal incorporation, Edward Rogers Wood also transferred the Vancouver Portland Cement Company’s head office from the Board of Trade Building in downtown Victoria to Edward Rogers Wood’s own office at 26 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario.

The Vancouver Portland Cement Company’s Victoria head office remained in the Board of Trade Building until 1919, when the Vancouver Portland Cement Company was taken over by the British Columbia Cement Company.

The Vancouver Portland Cement Company remained in business until February 1919, when it was merged with its leading British Columbia competitor, the Associated Cement Company (Canada) Ltd., to form the British Columbia Cement Company.

Robert Butchart became the President of the British Columbia Cement Company and remained its President until his death in 1943.

Here are some sites with more information and photographs of the Vancouver Portland Cement Company:

 

Here are some historic photographs of the Vancouver Portland Cement Company operations:

The Vancouver Portland Cement Company dock and plant at Tod Inlet, 1904. This photo appeared in the B.C. Minister of Mines Annual Report, 1904. (Author's collection)
The Vancouver Portland Cement Company dock and plant at Tod Inlet, 1904. This photo appeared in the B.C. Minister of Mines Annual Report, 1904. Note the Aboriginal canoe on the dock.(Author’s collection)
The Vancouver Portland Cement Company dock and plant at Tod Inlet, 1904. The plant appears to be still under construction in this photograph. (District of Saanich Archives)
The Vancouver Portland Cement Company dock and plant at Tod Inlet, 1904. The plant appears to be still under construction in this photograph. (District of Saanich Archives)
The Vancouver Portland Cement Company dock at Tod Inlet, circa 1909. The woman in the center could be Jennie Butchart. (District of Saanich Archives)
The Vancouver Portland Cement Company dock at Tod Inlet, circa 1909. The woman in the center could be Jennie Butchart. (District of Saanich Archives)

Here are links to some historic photographs of the Vancouver Portland Cement Company plant at Tod Inlet:

Here are some advertisements placed by the Vancouver Portland Cement Company:

Vancouver Portland Cement Company advertisement, 1908 (Author's collection)
Vancouver Portland Cement Company advertisement, 1908 (Author’s collection)

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