Geoff Cram’s Coast Salish inspired gingebread house (Cole Schisler photo)

Vancouver Island bakery cooks up Coast Salish inspired gingerbread house

Geoff Cram creates gingerbread displays every year, this time he wanted to do something Canadian

Every year for the last 15 years, Geoff Cram prepares a gingerbread house to display at Ladysmith’s Old Town Bakery.

He’s tried a variety of different houses over the years, like Dr. Seuss themed house, an ugly Christmas sweater factory, a train, and more traditional European themed houses. This year, Cram wanted to do something Canadian.

“I started trying to think of what Canadian architecture looked like, and there isn’t really a defining style from coast to coast. Everything is quite different. So, then I thought I would go more local. I was trying to think of something B.C. wise, and I started thinking of my childhood, then I decided to keep it super local between Cowichan Valley and Ucluelet,” Cram said.

The gingerbread house features a Coast Salish big house, a mountain shaped like a bird, and a moon based on work by Comox artist, Andy Everson. Cram drew inspiration for the mountain from a peak on the way to Tofino that — to him — always looked like a bird taking off in flight. There are also gingerbread stars, and gingerbread people in Cowichan sweaters suspended from the ceiling.

RELATED: Old Town Bakery’s tips for the perfect gingerbread house

On Nov. 20, Old Town Bakery posted photos of the gingerbread house on their Facebook Page. It has since garnered over 1,200 likes, 188 comments, and 1,600 shares. Social media commenters are thrilled with the art, calling it ‘beautiful’, ‘amazing’, and ‘incredible’.

Cram consulted with one of his employees, who is Coast Salish. She asked her family what would be appropriate for the piece. Cram was unsure of elements, like putting Christmas lights on the big house.

The gingerbread house will be on display for the next two months. Cram looks forward to hearing more from the community about the creation.

“I’m happy for people to come in and see it. We’d love to hear their responses, feedback, and suggestions for next year,” Cram said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Felix Townsin, shown here with his sister, Lexi, who died on Oct. 19, 2019. Felix is a big part of a family initiative aimed at finding a cure for Blau Syndrome. (Photo contributed by the Townsin family)
Quest to cure Blau syndrome a family affair

John Stubbs student produces film for late little sister Lexi

An untitled Emily Carr painting of Finlayson Point was donated to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria by brothers Ian and Andrew Burchett. The painting had been in their family for several decades. (Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)
Newly public Emily Carr painting depicts well-known Victoria view

Painting among several donated to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

An incident on Sooke Road is slowing traffic Wednesday evening. (Courtesy of Mona Hazeldine)
Sooke Road incident snarls evening traffic

Witnesses report two-vehicle collision

Investigators seized sophisticated equipment including credit card embossers, credit card PIN machines, heavy duty printers and computers used to create fraudulent cards. (West Shore RCMP handout)
West Shore RCMP arrest two, find 1,000 pieces of stolen ID in Langford

Investigation began after fraudulent bank draft used to buy vehicle in Colwood

Police continue to investigate a break-and-enter in this Sidney jewelry store in the 2500-block of Beacon Avenue. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Thieves hit Sidney jewelry store

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP says incident is not part of a larger trend

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count jumps by 287, another senior home outbreak

Two more deaths recorded, community outbreak in Okanagan

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Oct. 27

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

MMFN First Nation has said that it will restrict access to portion of Highway 28 that passes through the Nation’s land until a road use agreement is reached. (Black Press file photo)
Vancouver Island First Nation blocks highway access to logging trucks in Gold River

Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation restricting access for Western Forest Products pending road deal

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
Rescued bald eagle that came to life in B.C. man’s car had lead poisoning

Bird is on medication and recovering in rehab centre

The B.C. Centre for Disease control is telling people to keep an eye out for the poisonous death cap mushroom, which thrives in fall weather conditions. (Paul Kroeger/BCCDC)
Highly poisonous death cap mushroom discovered in Comox

This marks first discovery on Vancouver Island outside Greater Victoria area

Cowichan Search and Rescue set up near the Silver Bridge in Duncan on Wednesday morning, Oct. 28, 2020 to rescue a dog from the Cowichan River. (Citizen file)
Cowichan Search and Rescue save dog from icy Cowichan River

Search and Rescue’s swiftwater team was called in

Premier-elect John Horgan and cabinet ministers are sworn in for the first time at Government House in Victoria, July 18, 2017. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
Pandemic payments have to wait for B.C. vote count, swearing-in

Small businesses advised to apply even if they don’t qualify

A raccoon paid a visit to a Toronto Tim Hortons on Oct. 22, 2020. (shecallsmedrew/Twitter)
Who are you calling a trash panda? Raccoon takes a shift at Toronto Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons said animal control was called as soon they saw the surprise visitor

Most Read