Originally published on Cortes Currents
Local historian Jeanette Taylor came to Mansons Hall, on Cortes Island, on April 26, 2019. The Cortes Island Museum invited her to present her slideshow “60 Terrific Historical Spots To Visit On Northern Vancouver Island”. I’ve taken some liberties in adapting Ms Taylor’s talk into a series of radio programs. The first one is tales from Quadra Island’s Past.
Old Quadra Island
“I’ve tried to have the general publics lens on and just chose stories you would especially enjoy knowing about. What I’m focusing on is not necessarily natural history, although it sneaks in there every once and awhile – because how can it not in a place like this – I’m mostly looking at human history sites where there are still remnants of people and their lives.” – Jeanette Taylor
In The Podcast:
- Why is the Campbell River Museum interested in heritage sites throughout Northern Vancouver Island?
- Why is Haig-Brown House important to Campbell River?
- What is the writer in residence program?
- Why are the shell middens at Kanish Bay so important?
- How many 11,000 to 12,000 year old village sites are there on Quadra Island?
- What is the connection between the Lucky Jim Mine and logging?
- How did 37 people survive when the Grappler sank off Ripple Rock, in 1882?
- What role did miners and a Vancouver engineering firm have in the destruction of Ripple Rock?
- Where was the first village site Captain Vancouver saw when he arrived off Quadra Island in 1792?
- Why should you view the petroglyphs at Cape Mudge before 10 AM on a day the tide is out?
- How did the 400-year-old palisaded site at Rebecca Spit change archaeologist’s perception of early Salish sites?
- What evidences of the 1946 earthquake can you still see at Rebecca Spit?
- What does the Old Heriot Bay Inn have to do with ghosts and former madams?
- Jeanette Taylor, The Quadra Story: A History of Quadra Island
- Jeanette Taylor, River City: A History of Campbell River and the Discovery Islands
- Jeanette Taylor, Tidal Passages: A History of the Discovery Islands
Top photo credit: Clam midden at Kanish Bay – Orchard Bay (May ’12) – courtesy Jeanette Taylor