Before I start, I must remind you that Harry Manson, over100 years later, was inducted into the soccer hall of fame in Vaughn Ontario last weekend. This is indeed a great day for aboriginals in Nanaimo and everywhere.
The atlas says it is 6340 kilometres from Charlottetown to Prince Rupert. We have travelled over 14,000 to get here. But then, if you want to experience this great land of ours, you cannot do it in a straight line. Every detour has been interesting, and some were fantastic.
We arrived in Prince Rupert just as the rain and fog were subsiding. Yet another day of little to see on the highway because of the fog. We went to the visitor centre and learned a bit about this important port. Among other interesting facts, I recall it is the deepest natural port and the shortest distance from the Americas to China.
After exploring the town, we pulled up to the ferry terminal to be among the first in line. You may have heard that Haida Gwaii and Vancouver Island were expecting 100km winds. Well, the RV was rocking throughout the evening.
Thursday, all was calm and we boarded the ferry for the 5 hour trip. We had a fairly sunny day so we could enjoy the inner islands, the birds and the fish on the way out. The sun was close to setting when we arrived in Skidegate, so we made our way to Balance Rock and then found a place to pull over for the night.
Friday, we explored the coastline for a bit, until the road took us inland towards Masset. We went looking there for some wi-fi without success. So we explored old Masset and the totem poles. Then, we went to Tow Hill to see the blowhole, but it was not blowing. You need to get there on a rising tide. However, we enjoyed the drive up through the rainforest. I have yet to see so much moss on so many big trees.
Saturday, we went to Queen Charlotte. The visitor centre is normally open Saturdays, but not today. So we explored the village on our own. Odd that a place with a population of about 1000 is called a city. We found a health food store and a school bus shelter with books for reading during the wait.
Sunday is living up to its name so we are off beachcombing to see what Pacific seaglass looks like. We did not find any agates, but we found a piece of petrified wood, a tooth, a few pieces of glass and some neat looking rocks.
Monday, the visitor centre in Queen Charlotte was open and we learned a bit more about aboriginal life, the protected areas, and the history of totem poles, and
November 11, the ceremonies in Ottawa were jut starting when we got into the ferry line up. We had good weather for the crossing. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month was marked by the slowing of the ship, the sounding of the whistle, and two minutes of silence.
We arrived in Prince Rupert just before dusk, in time to load up on propane, fuel, and begin the three days of frigid weather heading back towards the interior. A cold front has moved in. Prince George is expecting -20 and Jasper -30 for the next 2 nights. So tonight, we flush the tanks and winterize the water system until warmer weather resumes.