Originally Published on Cortes Currents
In this morning’s program we conclude Jeanette Taylor’s presentation 60 Terrific Historical Spots to Visit on Northern Vancouver Island by looking at sites between Port Neville & Cape Scott.
“When I started going [to Port Neville] about ten years ago it was still operating as a post office. Even though there is not more than ten people in the whole region, they hung on for dear life to their post office. They still had the original cancellation stamp from the 1890s there. So I had a stamp collector on one of the tours that I do there who was .. just shaking with excitement about writing a letter, putting a stamp on it and having it cancelled in the Port Neville Post Office.” – Jeanette Taylor
From Port Neville To Cape Scott
On Cortes Currents about 9 AM Wed, May 22, repeats 5 PM May 28
- How Hans Hansen lost his hand and rowed from Vancouver to Port Neville
- Three generations of the Hansen family at Port Neville
- The early Danish settlers at Cape Scott
- After three generations, one of Sontula’s residents still has a Finish accent
- Why did the Hudsons Bay Company come to Fort Rupert?
- The petroglyphs and village at Fort Rupert
- What’s the story behind Village Island?
- Where is New Vancouver?
- What its like to resettle an abandoned village site.
- Early settlers and villagers at Kingcome Inlet
- Marianne Nicholson’s cliff painting and other exhibitions
- Judith William’s Book: “Two Wolves at the Dawn of Time: Kingcome Inlet Pictographs, 1893-1998”
- The 3,751 year-old tree at Watson’’s Lake
- Billy Proctor’s Museum at Echo Bay
- Nikki van Schyndel’s book: Becoming Wild: Living the Primitive Life on a West Coast Island
Billy Proctor “has charisma and young women love him. He was raised by his mom; his died early on. HIs mom had a fish buying camp and a post office up there in the Broughtons … He has never driven a car. There’s all kinds of things he’s never done. He loves to tell stories and he attracts women. How do you do that when you are an old guy who has lived in isolation? He’s cool.”