When Bob Filberg passed away in 1977 he bequeathed the Grancuna Lodge, as the Filberg Lodge was then known, along with the surrounding 9-acres and 11 million dollars to the Vancouver Foundation. In 1979 The Town of Comox petitioned the Vancouver Foundation and bought this property to be used as a public park and the Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park Association (FHLPA) was established to manage the property.
The Lodge, built in 1929, was in great disrepair as were most of the outbuildings and structures. With seed money from the Vancouver Foundation repairs were done to the Lodge, wishing well, arbour, dairy building, Tea House, rock walls, and fencing. By the end of 1984 over $94,000 had been spent on this restoration. Many community partners and organizations contributed money and labour to re-build this community treasure.
Today the Lodge, its many outbuildings, and any fence or rock wall you see are looked after by the not-for-profit organization the FHLPA. The FHLPA is a registered charity that relies on fund-raising and donations to maintain and restore the buildings within the Park. The Town of Comox employs a full-time gardener year-round to care for the beautiful grounds and gardens.
The Filberg Festival was created in 1983 to raise funds for maintenance and today is the major fundraiser for the FHLPA. We do not receive municipal, provincial, or federal money. Every purchase from the Gift Shop, Filberg Festival passes, raffle tickets, or any FHLPA event goes toward much-needed restorations.
Improvements made to the Park & Lodge in the past three years include: a new roof on the Lodge, chicken barn, and dairy barn, new fences around the park, new roof and renovations to the Tea House, improvements to the Lodge such as a new furnace, rain gutter, new fascia, and most recently a complete rebuild of one gable of the Lodge. New concrete and gravel pathways have been installed and re-pointing of rock pathways has been accomplished.
Restoration is a constant focus of the FHLPA. The Lodge roof has been repaired three times since 1979. With this stunning location also comes exposure to weather, salt, and rain all of which degrade the structure over time.
The Filberg Lodge and Park is a vital part of Comox Valley history and our community heritage. We need your support to continue this legacy for future generations. Thank you.