Emily Carr spent her Vancouver years teaching. During that time, her knowledge and understanding of First Nations peoples and their art developed, especially when she took a cruise to Alaska with her sister Alice in 1907. She wrote;
“The Indian people and their art touched me deeply…. By the time I reached home my mind was made up. I was going to picture totem poles in their own village settings as complete a collection of them as I could.”
Our hotel in Victoria, Helm’s Inn is located near a small park with totem poles:
Now, I would like to invite you to Duncan, a charming town north of Victoria, known for its collection of 40 totem poles located at the centre of the town. This colourful collection is here to celebrate the fact that the town lies on the traditional lands of the Cowichan people.
On the sidewalks you will find yellow footprints. They mark the route of the Totem Tour Walk.
After our tour of Duncan, we went to Stoney Hill Regional Park. The park offers spectacular views of Saltspring Island and the surrounding area with a scenic, approximately 3.2 km trail starting and ending at the parking lot.
The Arbutus trees are very impressive in this area of the island. They have a very characteristic red bark and they love rocky areas.