Skunk Hollow Fabrics is a li’l fabric store located in Valleycliffe, Squamish, British Columbia.
Hi, my name’s Shannon. I am a mother to two, and a wife to one. I started crafting at a young age, knitting and crocheting with my grandma. I fell in love with fabric when I was a teen and my mom was making clothes for my little brother.
Recently, I starting looking for fabric to make quilts for my children. Turns out I needed to drive for at least an hour to the closest fabric store. While walking downtown Squamish, I saw a sign saying ‘Fabric 50% off’ I walked into the local flower shop…. as it turned out she was selling off the stock from her fabric business.
A few stress-filled decision days, research, and an inhumane amount of coffee later Skunk Hollow Fabrics was born.
Skunk Hollow = The Valleycliffe Neighbourhood
I absolutely love my little neighbourhood of Valleycliffe, in Squamish BC. The people, the trails near the river, the views of the mountains, and especially the sense of community. When starting my business, I also wanted to start building a community of crafters and quilters.
The History of Valleycliffe
Photos courtesy of Squamish Historical Society. www.squamishhistory.ca
Historically Valleycliffe was a Merill & Ring logging camp set up in October 1926 that employed 200 people. They would fall the trees with cross cut saws then haul the logs with a steam donkey to the train. They used a steam axe to split the wood as machines used only wood fuel at the time. In 1929, Merrill and Ring moved their operation across the Mamquam valley to Edith Lake east of Alice Lake. A settlement of 225 men was set up there. Railway track covered the mountainside from Cheekeye River southward. They ended up closing a few times over the years for various reasons, including fire season, snow, a bridge wash out and the low price of logs during the depression. Merrill and Ring left Squamish in 1940.
There are different stories as to how Valleycliffe was nicknamed Skunk Hollow. The two most common stories are that it was named as such due to the large amounts of skunk cabbage that grew in the area. The other possible reason was a joke name borrowed from the Li’l Abner comic strip that was very popular at that time since there were only some old run-down bunk houses after the logging camp moved. Li’l Abner was a satirical American comic strip featuring a fictional clan of hillbillies in the impoverished mountain village of Dogpatch, USA. It was written and drawn by Al Capp and it ran for 43 years, from August 13, 1934 through November 13, 1977.