Episode 4 – Visting the Worlds Tallest Totem pole

In this episode I continue my adventure to Alaska up the inside passage. We start by leave Blind Channel on Day 1 in time to catch an outgoing tide in Johnstone Strait. But of course there was an incoming breeze which kicked up the chop. We motored all day against the wind, and tide.

When we arrived at Alert Bay we tied to the small government dock. We meet my cousin at the dock and then went over to his house for dinner. On Day 2 we stayed at Alert bay and did a little sightseeing. I start off by going up and checking out Gater Gardens, a swap that was created for a salting operation. I then went along the beach and collected sea glass. I finish of my sightseeing by checking out the culture center and worlds tallest totem pole. We ended day 2 by having my cousin and his girlfriend on the boat for dinner.

In the 1700’s Captain George Vancouver visited this area, but it wasn’t 1800’s that the bay got it’s name from the HMS Alert that was stationed is this area. Two explorers and entrepreneurs built a small saltery here in 1870. By the late 1880’s Alert Bay saw substainal growth. In 1879 Reverend Hall constructed “Christ Church”, and it still stands today.

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