Clayoquot Sound Train 1993

In 1993 people "got on board"for Clayoquot and traveled by train across Canada to the Clayoquot Peace Camp, where many were arrested.

1993 Clayoquot Sound logging protests

20 years later, panelists explore Clayoquot Sound’s ground breaking logging blockades of 1993.

View the video here: 20 year anniversary ’93 Clayoquot logging blockades panel.

The dynamic panel brought together a breadth of experiences and backgrounds that gave unprecedented insight into Canada’s largest act of peaceful civil disobedience. The panel, held August 8, 2013 in Tofino and, hosted by Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne, included:

Valerie Langer: FOCS campaigner during the blockades

John Cashore: Minister of Environment during the 1993 logging blockades

Karen Mahon: Greenpeace forest campaigner in 1993

Terry Brown: one of the first arrestees in 1993

Tzeporah Berman: FOCS blockade coordinator in 1993

Maureen Fraser: long time Tofino resident, staunch defender of the forests

Joe Martin: Tla-o-qui-aht cultural leader and canoe carver

Elizabeth May: Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada in 1993

Tribute to organizers of Clayoquot Summer ’93 peaceful logging protests

Clayoquot Summer ’93, the largest peaceful civil disobedience in Canadian history, truly was a collective effort. Thank you all! Your legacy lives on and the fight continues to protect Clayoquot’s ancient forests.

A huge thanks to the 932 arrestees, 856 of whom were charged, tried, and sentenced and to the 12,000 or so people who came to the Peace Camp and blockades.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of “Clayoquot Summer ‘93”, Friends of Clayoquot Sound thank the many people who were key in organizing and running our daily logging blockades at the Kennedy River bridge, our Peace Camp at the Black Hole clearcut, and our Clayoquot Resource Centre in Victoria that provided arrestees with court support.


Friends of Clayoquot Sound Staff:

Jan Bate

Tzeporah Berman

Paul Cienfuegos

Julie Draper

Bonny Glambeck

Valerie Langer

Garth Lenz

Norleen Lillico

Paul Loubert

Maryjka Mychajlowycz

Kevin Pegg

Amy Simpson

Will Thomas


Friends of Clayoquot Sound key volunteers:

Solana Allison

Hannah Amrhein

Robert Bateman

Dave Bird

Melda Buchanan

Cheri Burda

Raffi Cavoukian

Suzanne Connell

Sandor Csepregi

Marn Cummings

Amy deCarteret Feit

Maureen Fraser (and Common Loaf cinnamon buns)

Tyson Gronen


Chris Hatch

Bill Joyce

Dana Kagis

Des Kennedy

Vanessa LeBourdais

Dan Lewis

Peter Light

Chris Lowther

Dan Maher

Ruth Masters

Fiona McCallum

Jean McLaren (and VW van)

Chris Morrison

Ana Maria Noronha

Donna Passmore

Diane Radmore (Fireweed)

Olga Schwartzkopf

Peter Scott

Doug Sherriff

Carrie St. Pierre

Sally Sunshine

Michael Swan

Sandee Tranfield

Ray Travers

Peter Vaughan

Tim Wees

Ken Wu



Friends of Clayoquot Sound staff at “Clayoquot Resource Centre” in Victoria:

Bobby Arbess

Jane Calder

Claudia Cole

Deirdre Gotto

Ed May

Scott McFadden

Jill Thomas

Sushil Saini

Mac Scott

Andy Wheatley


We thank the scores of volunteers who helped at the Centre, and the lawyers, legal staff and law students who represented and assisted arrestees.


Other key contributors to blockades and/or 1993 Clayoquot ancient forest campaign:

Patrick Anderson, Greenpeace International

Liz Barratt-Brown, Natural Resources Defense Council

Adriane Carr, Western Canada Wilderness Committee

Environmental Youth Alliance

Marc Evans, Greenpeace USA

Vicky Husband, Sierra Club of BC


Karen Mahon, Tamara Stark and Sue Danne, Greenpeace Canada

Ian Marcuse and Jacinta French, VTRAC (Vancouver Temperate Rainforest Action Coalition)

Elizabeth May, Sierra Club of Canada

Colleen McCrory, Valhalla Wilderness Society

Atossa Soltani and Randy Hayes, Rainforest Action Network


We thank the various allied environmental organizations and the many Friends of FOCS groups that sprang up across BC and Canada.

 — Sincerely, the FOCS team and board who continue to carry the torch that still burns thanks to the vigilance and activism of 1993. 

P.S. After 20 years, memory fades – apologies to those we may have missed. If we forgot to mention you, please let us know your name and what organizing activity you did, and we’ll add you to our online tribute. ( 

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