I'm back from my latest visit to beautiful Bella Coola, B.C. Above is a watercolour I did of the Estuary, looking across towards the original townsite. The town was moved, building by building, many years ago because of flooding and is now on this side. If you look carefully you can see tiny white shapes. These represent the remains of the Tallheo Cannery which ceased operation in the early 70's.
What follows is my account of my visit to the old cannery site.
We arrived in this powerful aluminum boat skippered by Jim, who also owns many acres on this side. The ride was a thrill in itself, with old rock n' roll music blaring and water spraying our faces. Jim took us along the coast for awhile where we were able to see many bald eagles and glacier streams feeding into the estuary.
This is one of the buildings we explored. All the rooms are beautifully maintained by Jim and his small staff and can be rented for stayovers. We opted not to stay this time because we didn't realize how comfortable it could be. Well, maybe next time.
Here is the entertainment lounge. The Wurlitzer works, 25 cents for any old tune from the fifties and up.
This is as close as I got to a bear.
The bedrooms are clean and cozy.
All the floors are gleaming.
The facilities work!
The windows let in the light through lacy curtains.
Next door is the General Store, now preserved as a kind of museum.
This room houses an old safe, maps and invoice records.
After exploring we all settled in the shade by the beach for a picnic.
In this picture: my granddaughter Alberta, nine-month old Rylan and his parents, Heather and Rod, who are friends of Andrew and Kim.
My son, Andrew, and his son, Finn, enjoying the moment.
Alberta of the Jungle!
After a little more exploring and trying to swim in the frigid waters (way too cold for me!) we got back into the boat and returned. Thanks, Jim, for your hospitality and for keeping this place so well.