Saturday, July 12, 2014

Haida Gwaii – Morseby Explorers

We took a ferry from Port Hardy at the north end of Vancouver Island up through the “inside passage” to Prince Rupert near the Alaska border. This is the same route the Alaska cruise ships take.  Obviously the scenery was awesome, with lots of mountains and lots of waterfalls and rapids emptying into the ocean.  From Prince Rupert we hopped on another ferry to Haida Gwaii (aka Queen Charlotte Islands). 

The following morning we met up with our tour guide from Moresby Explorers (http://moresbyexplorers.com/ ) and began our 4 day zodiac trip to some of the old Haida villages in the park and other sites.  It’s hard to describe in just a few words, so the photos will have do.

Moss and forest

Recent carving

Forest board walk

Ancient Haida poles

Ancient Haida poles

Remains of a Haida house (post European contact)

Dina walking - Haidi village site

Dock supports from 1910s Japanese Clam cannery

Gravestone at 1940s mine site

Old shoes at a 1940s mine site


Young eagle soaring above us

By the wind sailors (a type of jelly fish) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velella

Fried Egg Jellyfish - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phacellophora_camtschatica