A Culture of Hospitality at Ksan Historical Village and Museum

After taking a short detour to see the Totems of Kitwanga, and several unscheduled photographic pauses along the way, the drive from Smithers to Prince Rupert was taking slightly longer than planned. Arriving at the Ksan Historical Village, and Museum, near the Hazeltons, my curiosity was immediately piqued, this seemed one detour well worth taking. The village consists of several wooden …

Postcards from the Totems of Kitwanga, Canada

Kitwanga, near the Hazeltons, in British Columbia, Canada, may not be actually described as nowhere, but the beauty of travelling is that often the unexpected is found some miles from anywhere. Driving is an especially great way to make discoveries, and one reason roadtrips are so popular, there are usually dozens of surprises found right at the roadside. The conundrum for …

Aboriginal Tourism; The Art of Indigenous Culture

It’s unlikely I’ll ever be accused of being a culture vulture but indigenous culture and aboriginal arts has always been fascinating to me. The term aboriginal tourism has become one of the buzz phrases of the modern travel era. “How many countries a person visits is of little interest but the number of cultures experienced is” Along with responsible tourism …

Canada, BC – Enbridge; Pipeline to Environmental Disaster

It may have been noticeable to some that the first posts from the recent trip to British Columbia, Canada concentrated on the beauty of the Great Bear Rainforest region of the North-West Pacific coast. This was deliberate, the aim; to give those that hadn’t visited a greater appreciation of the place. My motive; the Enbridge Gateway Pipeline which is possibly already familiar …

Children make better Adventure Travellers

While travelling on a train recently I could not help smiling at a young mother and her two children. A little boy and his little  sister, they were clearly excited, the boy especially was like a hyperactive Duracell bunny. There was a mature gentleman sitting across from them attempting to engage them in conversation, not an easy task I assure …

Postcard from the Great Bear Rainforest sunset

Another beautiful day in the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia was followed by a lovely sunset, the weather was spoiling us. This boat is one of the King Pacific Lodge’s fishing vessels, probably shortly after a returning with a boatload of guides and salmon. This is the usual pattern of the evening. The guides may spend all day taking …

Canadian Culture; Encounter with a First Nation

The opportunity to visit the Gitga’ at, First Nation in the Great Bear Rainforest community of Hartley Bay in British Columbia. Canada was too good to pass up. So after a morning spent catching chinook salmon I hopped into another boat and took the trip to the village of 160 people. Every member of the nation which totals around 1,000 …