Hartwood is the Northern Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism.  If you know all about the SCA and are just looking for some history, check below.  If you’re new and wondering what all these people are doing with their medieval clothes and big rattan sticks, check out the Newcomers page at SCA.org.

Hartwood Begins

Once upon a time, way back in 1989, a group of people plotted and planned and formed the Shire of Hartwood.  It was a small shire, but in the fullness of time, it spawned two more groups, Cragmere (Courtenay, Campbell River and area) and Ravensley (Port Alberni).

Hartwood has long had ties to the Barony of Seagirt (Victoria and area).  Another group with close ties to the Insula Magna (Vancouver Island) groups is the Shire of False Isle (Powell River), which lies just opposite of the present Shire of Cragmere.


In 2009 – A.S. 43-44 – talk started to turn towards amalgamating the three groups – Hartwood, Cragmere and Ravensley into a barony.  There have been many discussions, but in the end, it was decided that Hartwood would make a bid for barony status, with Cragmere and Ravensley joining it under the Hartwood banner.

As of May 1st. 2011 the Shires of Cragmere, Ravensley and Hartwood are now one: The  Shire of Hartwood.

Ye Olde Disclaimer

This is the recognized webpage for the Shire of Hartwood, a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA). 

It is not a corporate publication of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. and does not delineate SCA policies. In cases of conflict with printed versions of material presented on this page or its links, the dispute will be decided in favour of the printed version.

Basically what this means is that we don’t speak for the SCA.  Just because we might do something or publish something doesn’t mean that everyone in the SCA does it and you’re not to hold SCA Inc. responsible if you take offense to something we write.  We do reserve the right to point and laugh if you take offense to us trying to recreate the Middle Ages with the added benefits of modern medicine, milk chocolate and elastic.

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