Bella Coola trip, Fourth leg, Port Hardy to Bella Coola, by the ill-fated Queen of the North:
(Previous posts, #1 and #2.)
So many photos, and we haven't even gotten to photographer's heaven yet...
The ferry trip from Port Hardy, on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, to Bella Coola takes approximately 10 hours, starting with an 8 AM boarding. The first few hours are in open water,
but soon enough we slipped behind Calvert Island into Hecate Strait. From here on, the shore rises steeply on both sides.
We spent most of our time on deck, chasing from one side to another to watch the killer whales and the sea birds.
Try as we might, we could not identify these.* They never came close to the ferry, and never stayed in one spot for more than a moment. Our captain told us that auklets nest on the cliffs in this area; these could be them. Or not.
*Update, July 2nd; They're Thick-Billed Murres.
And the Sasquatch: here he is, walking along the shore.
I must admit, I never imagined that one would be wearing a hat and coat, or that he uses a walking stick. But why not?
Laurie was commenting today that he is amazed that no-one else saw him. Maybe if we'd pointed him out, instead of just taking photos...