Norma’s Floating Store in British Columbia

Built by Bruno Atkey in Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, in the ’70s, and towed 26 miles to Hot Springs Cove, where Norma Bailey ran a “…great floating store selling emergency supplies, esoteric items, and Wild Coast history books,” according to Godfrey Stephens, who just sent this photo.

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10 Responses to Norma’s Floating Store in British Columbia

  1. Anonymous says:


    still in operation? any chance of pics of inside?

  2. No longer in operation unfortunately.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Same Norma as the one who had the wreckage?

  4. Float cabins were a huge part of BC history in logging and fish camps. They were mobile to follow the work. We have thoroughly enjoyed living in our little piece of history on Powell Lake. – Margy

  5. Lloyd Kahn says:

    Yes, same Norma that had the Wreckage shop later in Ucluelet. Bruno towed the shop to Ucluelet and it was parked in Norma's back yard.

  6. Is this going to be in a book? Or is it already printed? Is Norma still alive and is her family involved in the story of her life?

  7. Jani Smith says:

    Unfortunately Norma has passed on and so have the days of the Wreckage. The days of spinning wool and sitting around the wonderful cast iron coffeepot airtight, sipping tea or red wine and the stories that flowed are all memories now. She was a dear friend and to all the hippies and the fishermen/women, the carvers, the crafters, the musicians and the artists, and the wood butchers all. We all have wonderful stories of our Ma Bailey.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Bless her lovin' heart! She taught me to dye & spin wool!! A most generous kind elder she was !!!
    Danielle Power

  9. Correction: It may have been Al Taron who towed Norma to Ucluelet.

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