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The Secret Coast

Jacqueline Windh

The expedition is a one-month hiking and open ocean kayaking trip of the West coast of Vancouver Island.  The area lies between Rugged Point (western entrance to Kyuquot Sound) to Tofino.  Access to the starting point is by float plane. There is no road access anywhere along the route other than the finish point.

The outer coast of Vancouver Island is known today as a wild and mostly inaccessible region of rugged and spectacular beauty - home to wild wolves, bears, whales and eagles. However, few Canadians know that these remote and mostly uninhabited shores were once the most visited region in the western part of what is now Canada.

The expedition's objective is a continuous voyage along this wild and mostly uninhabited coast visiting the sites where historic events occurred and documenting the journey and our discoveries in words and photographs.

They will visit remote, but historically significant, locations relating to first Native/non-Native contacts on this coast, dating from the period 1774-1811, meet with the few Nuu-chah-nulth who still live on the outer coast and integrate their oral histories with written records, research and publish a photographic book that documents our findings.

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