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  • in today's video we continue our road trip across Vancouver Island this time

  • ditching the car and hopping on a ferry our destination Alert Bay on cormorant

  • island to explore the town see totem poles and learn about the Namgis first

  • nation so come along and let's kick off this adventure

  • well good morning guys morning guys welcome back to port McNeill we are going

  • on a little excursion today yeah we sure are bought tickets to go to alert Bay on

  • the ferry BC Ferries hey there so fantastic price the tickets were only

  • $10 per person return yeah it's a lot cheaper than we

  • were expecting it's about a 50 minute ferry ride oh yeah oh so now we're each

  • way yeah my dad brought his binoculars yeah in case I'm hoping to see an orca

  • or some sort of a bigger whale maybe yeah that'll be she's beautiful but you

  • never know never know good to be prepared yeah I know what they say a man

  • that is prepared is worth two men yeah and once we get to alert Bay we want to

  • visit the U'mista cultural center yes and also see the totem poles and the burial

  • ground those are two must maybe some hiking as well if time allows alright so

  • now we're gonna go get on the ferry we need to walk down to the port the

  • passengers are heading that way so let's go

  • we arrived in Port McNeill and were able to book tickets for the ferry right on

  • the spot it was the end of the tourist season plus it was also a rainy day so

  • there weren't too many day-trippers now as a travel tip there are six sailings a

  • day from port McNeill to alert Bay but it's important that you check the

  • schedule on the BC Ferries websites since there is the occasional cargo only

  • sailing plus another one that makes an additional stop in nearby Suontula

  • the ferry ride itself flew by there is an upper deck for passengers should you

  • travel on a sunny day but we pretty much hit away from the wind and rain

  • well guys we've just arrived in alert Bay as it starts to rain sam says this

  • isn't rain because he's from the island and apparently it can come down like

  • pouring buckets this is light drizzle but yeah there's a few places we want to

  • hit up first up we're gonna go visit the totem poles and the burial ground yep

  • we're just making our way on foot we decided to leave the car behind in the

  • port because it's a fairly small island and quite easy to cover on foot so

  • that's what we're gonna do today how many words are there for rain here on

  • the island I don't know I'm surprised we haven't had more rain on this trip to be

  • Oh ah we've been so lucky this is our seventh day you've just had

  • showers so far and even right now it's just a tiny little drizzle this doesn't

  • even qualify it with locals as rain on Vancouver Island see I think I'm so glad

  • I've got my um B would you guys think of the ferry ride what's a nice fair right

  • thirty smearing about an hour long and yeah yeah we are at alert Bay alerts Bay

  • as soon as we got off there was a big sign saying home to the killer whale and

  • then they had an info board talking about this town during its heyday when

  • there was a lot of fishing apparently there was a lot of money here this is

  • where people would come for a good time on the weekend lots of entertainment and

  • they said it wasn't unusual for like a fisherman to drop thousands of dollars

  • in like one night of drinking a local pub well you see in 1972 they had over a

  • 1000 fishing vessels register in this island the fish was plentiful and they

  • could make a good living but today we went through the port there

  • is nothing there a lot of people that I used to make a good living out of it

  • she's had to quit yeah now alert Bay has more of a tourism based industry so you

  • can come here and do tours we saw whale watching tours actually all of them are

  • sold out for today but yeah it's a nice place to come and explore on foot first

  • off we're going to see the totem poles check it out let's check it out crying

  • it's crossing our fingers for not too much rain

  • okay where are we so we've just been walking around the town for a little bit

  • kind of walking along the water our first stop of the day here is at the

  • namgis burial grounds this is the it's like a cemetery and the graves are

  • marked with the totem poles and you see we cannot walk in there because it's

  • disrespectful of course so we can only view from outside the area unless you're

  • gonna see on the videos there are some totem poles that are nicely painted but

  • some other ones are kind of decayed and this is done on purpose by the each

  • individual family son believed that once the totem pole has fallen down the

  • spirit of that person that is berry here has left a place so they leave the totem

  • poles to be decomposed and weigh continue the cycle of life and death

  • some other people some other families they believe that they wanna keep them

  • and some of them are nicely painted so yeah some of them are so old that even

  • the carvings are starting to fade and disappear yeah weather conditions in on

  • years and years of standing up here facing the ocean and some other ones are

  • still remarkably you can still tell what kind of carvings they have no heels and

  • stuff like that but yeah it's super super interesting and something else we

  • should mention about alert Bay is that it's so small that you can walk the

  • entire island you can you don't need to bring your car here you can come as a

  • passenger on foot like what we did on the ferry yeah and it's accessible to

  • walk the whole island there are few hours that's what we're gonna do yeah

  • we're gonna do now we do one side now we're gonna go the other way yep and

  • check out what else is there to see

  • after visiting the Namgis original burial grounds we walked back across

  • town and over to the U'mista cultural center it's impossible to get lost

  • because you're basically just following the boardwalk along the waterfront the

  • whole way the u'mista cultural centre operates as a museum in a cultural

  • education facility in alert Bay it was founded in 1980 as a project to house

  • potlatch artifacts which had been confiscated by the Canadian government

  • during a period of cultural repression in the 1920s but first we need to

  • explain the potlach potlatch means to give and for the Kwakwaka'wakw

  • peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast the richest and most powerful person was

  • the one who gave away the most the potlatch is a gift-giving feast held on

  • the occasion of births deaths adoptions weddings and other major life events

  • today the U'mista cultural center houses many of the repay treated

  • artifacts in ceremonial regalia associated with the potlach it was the

  • return of these items that gave the center its name since U'mista means

  • the return of something important no filming or photography is allowed in the

  • hall that houses the potlatch items but trust us this is the one place you have

  • to visit if you come to alert Bay as you already know we were using the trover

  • app to document the places we visited so you'll find the U'mista Center on

  • our list another site we couldn't miss is the biggest tallest totem pole in the world

  • the totem stands 173 feet tall and is located directly in front of the big

  • house where visitors can watch traditional dances and performances on

  • Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays during the months of July in August

  • well good much much-needed speaking update so basically what happened in a

  • nutshell was we didn't have that much time until our ferry departure we were

  • running around town yeah I mean we could have stayed a little longer but the next

  • ferry would have been like two or three hours later yeah and so yeah we just had

  • a really good time we continued to walk along the harbor front yeah so basically

  • after we visited the totem poles we walked in the opposite direction yes to

  • the cultural center yeah that's fantastic

  • it is really cool in there $12 for adults 10 for seniors and they had like

  • cool masks and more carvings and carvings lots of argument handicrafts it

  • was really interesting it was the one area where we weren't able to film was

  • the most interesting you know that's the best part where they have all their

  • ceremonial masks you're not allowed to film that but it's honestly the most

  • impressive yes so that's at the ferry that's the far end of the museum and

  • yeah you could easily spend quite a bit of time there if you were to go through

  • and read every exhibit afterwards we walked up to the big house and we're

  • where you can find the world's tallest largest totem pole it's gigantic it's it's so

  • it's so tall that it like it kind of boomerangs at the end no really like it

  • kind of just bends off into the distance it's it's held down with cables yes and

  • topple over I would say we saw quite a bit considering how much time we had an

  • alert bay we did more of a half day we kind of arrived later in the morning but if

  • you wanted to have a bit more time to spend at the museum and also to do the

  • hike I'd suggest turning into a full day maybe catch the first ferry or one of

  • the first two ferries yeah it was just a fantastic trip though I'm really glad we

  • went there it's just one of the more interesting places we visited on our

  • entire time at Vancouver Island and that's pretty much a wrap for a day

  • trip to alert Bay it was a short visit but with a few more hours and better

  • weather you could plan to do some hiking and explore the town a bit more

  • thoroughly then the next video will take you on another day trip this time to

  • explore Zone Tula on Malcom Island we're Finnish immigrants set up their own

  • utopian society so see you then

in today's video we continue our road trip across Vancouver Island this time

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ALERT BAY, BC | Visiting the World's Tallest Totem Pole on Cormorant Island

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