“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” -Lawrence Block
Discovery Passage Mural on the side of the building at 871 Island Highway on Pier Street.
Artists Alex Witcombe and Nick Hutton-Jay of Flywheel Studios, designed and painted the mural. Funded by The BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences (BC CAHS).
“Located in east central Vancouver Island, the youthful community of Campbell River is beautifully located between Strathcona Park and the Discovery Islands. This growing seaside metropolis is surrounded by B.C. wilderness, and is a launching point for eager adventurers. Long famed as “the salmon capital of the world”, Campbell River boasts a host of attractions and eclectic culture waiting to be discovered.”- Discover Vancouver Island
Totems inside Kwakiutl Longhouse.
Totem in Longhouse at Ostler park.
Kwakiutl Bear Pole, Robert Ostler Park.
“The totem pole was carved by the Kwakwala Arts and Crafts organization in Alert Bay in 1966. It was created as part of a project to establish the Route of Totems on Vancouver Island. Nineteen poles were created, all with the Grizzly Bear used as the dominant element.”
“The mythical bird Kolus, akin to the Thunderbird, tops the pole with attached outstretched wings and a XwiXwi, part of Comox history, is on it’s chest. K’How-’ Jes, the Grizzly Bear, holds I-a-Hos-kin (canoe) and sits above Dzunukwa, a wild woman of the woods.” – Comox Airport
Crying Feathers by Elmer Gunderson
Driftwood carving competition transformation on the shore 2004
Campbell River Shoreline Art Society.
“Totem poles are wonderful examples of aboriginal art – the ancient practice of totem carving has been handed down through generations as a way of preserving the history of local native heritage as well as honoring tribal rituals and sacred spirits of people.’ – Vancouver Island
Fishermans Wharf, Campbell River.
Stuffed animals left on a bench at Tyee spit
There were quite a few memorial benches at the Spit.
Although Erik has stuffed animals, he was very cautious of these.
“A spit or sandspit is a deposition bar or beach landform found off coasts. It develops in places where re-entrance occurs, such as at cove’s headlands, by the process of longshore drift and longshore currents.” –Wikipedia
“The First Nations people had fished for Tyee for unknown ages prior to the coming of Europeans. They used several methods including spears and hand lines, from dugout canoes, as well as traps. They were adept at catching fish as well as being truly conservationist in practice. The first white men who fished here expressed great admiration for their skill.” – Tyee Fishing Club
White-crowned Sparrow at the spit.
Ominous weather at Tyee spit.
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Campbell River 2015
Totem pole photos
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