Category Archives: Haida Gwaii

The bloom at the end

Tonight I leave Haida Gwaii. The full thrust of spring has most plants pushing new shoots or offering flowers and berries. The hemlock is no exception. When my mum was visiting she expressed curiosity that the Haida eat the pith … Continue reading

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princess of the Hunt

Yesterday at low tide we went searching for crabs in the shallows. Tess got suited up and mingled with the wild beasts. She found five crabs. We kept the three males. They made for a fantastic lunch feast!     … Continue reading

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abuse

I returned home from the kayak trip to find this waiting for me – a gift from Sarah and Miki. They are now off the islands and probably consider themselves too distant to suffer a reprisal. Miki probably considers herself … Continue reading

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homing

Before he left us the Zeller’s Cabin, Rob gave us fairly precise details about where to be by specific times on our return journey in order to keep the tidal current in our favour during the return paddle from Cha’atl … Continue reading

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Uncharted waters

Day 2 of the journey to Cha’atl began with a beautiful sunrise. The overnight frost left a stunning sheen on everything. A big contributor to the prior day’s success was a correct interpretation of the tides and currents running through … Continue reading

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going west

Early Saturday morning a journey to the west coast began. The only part of the west coast of Haida Gwaii accessible by car is Rennell Sound. I have been there a few times. It is beautiful, to be sure, but … Continue reading

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anthropological reflections

Walking out on the shores of Rennell Sound earlier this week we passed an array of cultural artifacts. Each was a curious snapshot of human activity, but with varying longevity and visual appeal. As I walked passed each of these … Continue reading

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