Campbell River-2019

“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).

Kwakiutl Longhouse.

While we were camping at Elk Falls Provincial Park, we visited Campbell River on a 16 degrees Celsius, cloudy day. We have visited Campbell River before in 2015. 

“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.

Driftwood carving competition transformation on the shore.
Campbell River Shoreline Art Society.
Tyee spit

The Lone Wolf  by Oscar Moria 2011.
Driftwood carving competition transformation on the shore.
Campbell River Shoreline Art Society.
Tyee spit

Feeding the family by Jerry Streliof 2008
Campbell River Shoreline Art Society.
Tyee spit

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.

Tyee Spit/ Dick Murphy Park
Directions: Trail starts at the end of Spit Rd.

Distance: approx 3km

This walk along the Discovery Passage and the Campbell River estuary boasts great views of Quadra Island, wildlife and cruise ships in the summer. From July 15th to September 15th witness a Campbell River tradition: the Tyee Club rowers and fishermen trying to catch a salmon over 30lbs. Take a detour down to the rocky beaches and dip your toes in the chilly Pacific Ocean for a true local experience. Catch a bit of the sunset from the viewing platform on the estuary side of the spit.” 

✔️Wheelchair/Stroller Accessible ✔️Washrooms ✔️Picnic Area –
Campbell River Travel 

Ominous weather at Tyee spit.



The Lost Lake Trail in the Snowden 

Campbell River 2015

Tyee Spit-Campbell River 2015

Vancouver Island 2008

Totem pole photos
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  1. Wow. I love this post! I love Wood carvings! Thank You showing all these. They are popular in Finland. Our favorite carved animals are bears. I have made many posts about them and other animals.

    I checked that You have seen my two bear carving contest post, but not this one:

    North of Arctic Circle 6

    Have a good day!

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    • I’m so glad you liked it Matti.
      There were so many more, they are also better to photograph with less harsh sunlight, we had so little time, especially with a dog that wants to walking and the threatening weather. 😉
      The town has many totem poles, which I love and the malls and shops are decorated with beautiful First Nation motives.
      Thank you for your visits, it’s my pleasure,
      Thank you for the link ♥

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    • Ek is bly jy het dit interesant gevind Hester.
      Ek het nou eers tyd gehad om navorsing daaroor te doen. Ons het meeste van die tyd nie selfoon opvangs nie te min Wi-Fi gehad nie. Ek neem gewoonlik die bordjies ook af, maar met die dreigende weer en ‘n hond wat wil gaan stap het ek nie ;-(

      Ek kon ongelukkig nie meer uitvind oor die onder-dak totems nie.

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