Posts Tagged "Haida Gwaii"

BC BookWorld callout for Emily Carr’s BC

2016-autumn-bc-booklookSo much appreciate this mention for Emily Carr’s BC in the most respected book related journal in the province (and a lot farther afield). Really, check out BC BookWorld for excellent articles and all the scoop on new releases.

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Emily Carr’s BC: Northern BC & Haida Gwaii

Website Media PageDelighted to announce the launch of Book Two in the Emily Carr’s BC trilogy. This time I follow Emily on the path of her great northern expeditions of 1912 and 1928, both of which followed pivotal developments in her career and which featured so large in her work – then and in later years. Travelling through Northern BC’s Skeena and Naas River country and the islands of Haida Gwaii, I met amazing and talented people, marvelled at unparalleled scenery and came away wanting to return.

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Gwaii Haanas Aboard Passing Cloud

A passing comment by a Haida Watchman last summer in Haida Gwaii started an unexpected chain of events. In answer to a question from my husband, Walter Russ said that his grandparents had been the Haida couple who guided Emily Carr on her visit to what was then known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. When this got me thinking about the iconic BC artist and the relationship between her travels and her work, the idea for a book began to take shape – Emily Carr’s BC.

At that point my itinerary didn’t include Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, which encompasses the southern half of the Haida Gwaii archipelago and protects numerous Haida Heritage Sites that Emily painted. So a return visit topped my research list. I got a tip about a 70-foot Roué-designed (think Bluenose) schooner offering expeditions to the area. Ideal. I love sailing. Enter Russ Markel, OuterShores Expeditions and Passing Cloud.

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Haida Guide Dick Bellis

If you’re planning a trip to Haida Gwaii, consider spending a day with Dick Bellis. This 76-year-old self-described BSer is about as entertaining as a tour guide can get. I recently arranged for him to shepherd my travelling partner (the Octogenarian Mountain Goat – a.k.a. Dad) and me to Rennell Sound on the rugged west coast of Graham Island. Genetically half-Haida/half-Welsh, Dick is all Haida in outlook. Skil Q’uas (Dick’s Haida name) belongs to the Ravens, one of the Middle Town People, from Masset. He now lives in Skidegate.

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Circle North BC Tour

First Nations culture, fish, furs and gold rush fever—discover them all on this Northern BC tour. It’s just one option for exploring British Columbia, a province that’s bigger than Britain and France combined. Day trip or expedition, get out there and take a look. In this Okanagan Life article I circle north on Vancouver Island to take the BC Ferries Inside Passage route from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert, then board another ferry for Haida Gwaii. Back on the mainland I check out the Museum of Northern BC in Prince Rupert and the North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site in Port Edward. Heading inland along Hwy 16, stops include Ksan Historic Village and Museum in The Hazeltons and Fort St. James National Historic Site before heading south to wrap up the tour at historic Barkerville.

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