Windy Bay and Anna Inlet





My summer Haida Gwaii trip aboard the Passing Cloud took me to Windy Bay and Anna Inlet a couple of times.

This roll of film is shot mostly at Windy Bay with some in-transit time and in the anchorage at Anna Inlet.

Hlk’yah GawGa (or Windy Bay) has a Watchman’s cabin, as do several other cultural sites in Gwaii Haanas and just outside as well.

At these places a Watchman/Watchperson will give a tour, sharing aspects of their Haida culture with visitors and discreetly ensuring visitor impacts are kept to a minimum.


On this trip the Watchman was Vince Collinson. I had not met him before, but was very pleased to do so as I knew his name from his days as a political leader, and was aware of his long history of cultural leadership in efforts to repatriate Haida culture, curating art exhibits and other activities.

One amazing thing in the meeting was that he knew my name, having read some of my archaeological reports. Telling me that was how he made me feel welcome, and he found ways to make all the crew and passengers feel welcome as well as honoured and privileged to be at these important Haida places. He is a terrific ambassador to the visitors, extremely well spoken and knowledgeable.

The film pictures of Vince are when he was taking photographs for us using our digital cameras as we stood in front of a massive spruce along one of the trails.


In 2013 a legacy pole was raised at Hlk’yah GawGa to “honour the 20th anniversary of cooperative management between the Government of Canada and the Council of the Haida Nation.” There is an excellent video of carving and raising of the pole at this link, well worth the seven minutes it takes to watch it.

Windy Bay is another place that Google Maps has “street view” imagery (link) which follows the trail around. It is quite a lot of fun to click the arrow along the trail, but not exactly the same experience to walking it!

Other pictures on the roll include sailing in Hecate Strait and then entering the anchorage at Anna Inlet which is tucked deeply into Moresby Island at the north end of Gwaii Haanas (map link here).


In Anna Inlet the Passing Cloud crew introduced me to an old spruce with a massive branch curving off the main trunk. In 2015 I was doing archaeological inventory (mapping the remains of a 1000 year old fishtrap) in the creek about 50m from this tree but never noticed it because we came and went along the creek bed. It is dark in there, so I was pushing things a bit with this shot.


Others from this trip on 52Rolls can be seen with this link.

You can also find many more Gwaii Haanas images from last summer shot with digital cameras on my blog (here).


To see an enlarged version of any image in the gallery below, click on it and then navigate to others with the arrows or with swiping.

2016-33:Olympus mjuii, Agfa Vista 200, commercially processed and scanned.






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