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Haida Gwaii here we come!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007

In a little under 3 weeks I'll be heading West to the Orcas Islands to see my good friends Shawna Franklin & Leon Somme. I'm very much hoping that in another 6 weeks after that we'll be hugging each other having just completed a succesful circumnavigation of "Haida Gwaii", otherwise known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. This beautiful & remote archipelago in British Columbia is about 950km around, with a dramatic & mountainous west coast which plunges into the sea. The Pacific swells & changeable weather will add to the challenges. The islands are the traditional home of the Haida people, who used to travel far and wide in big open canoes and were feared by their neighbours on mainland Alaska & Canada. Hopefully we won't be scaring anyone, or doing any pillaging but I'm looking forward to exploring these beautiful & spiritual islands & visiting some of the Haida sacred sites where ancient totem poles still stand. We should also see lots of wildlife, including brown bears and grey whales. BRING IT ON!!

We're not sure quite how regularly we'll be able to update you yet but you'll be able to follow our progress on this blog. You can also read more about the place & the expedition ( and see a map) on
The photos are, of course, of the lovely Shawna & Leon of 'Body Boat Blade'! Shawna has designed a lovely t-shirt for the expedition and a limited number are on sale from Body Boat Blade. You can see the design on the webpage.

I'll be giving a talk on Orcas island on 1st July before we leave for the expedition and will probably arrange to give a few more talks on the West Coast once we get back in early August.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Justine!

funny you should mention the giving talks bit, as I was just about to email you regarding that very possibility!

i may see you on the 1st on Orcas, but please do get in touch with me so we can talk about you visiting lovely Vancouver and our shop for a talk!


Michael Callaghan or

5:21 pm  
Anonymous Wesley said...

Anyone who is not familiar with the natural beauty of the San Juan Islands will find our postcard quality live web cam images of the islands tantalizing. Here is a link to the website:

We added this story to our homepage too.

Happy voyaging!

9:10 pm  
Blogger Michael said...

Sounds like another great trip! Enjoy yourselves, savour the spirits...

2:08 am  
Blogger Kayak-QP said...

being new to blogger, i just dicovered that this is the place to keep up with expeditions in '07. Glad Derrick hooked me up. My old blog is gonna be gathering dust att he rate the '07 expeditions are taking off!
good luck

12:59 am  
Anonymous rowland woollven said...

Hi Just,

No brown bears there, but the black bears are in a league of their own! There's a grumpy one who 'owns' Benjamin Point, and another monster whose patch is just west of Anvil Cove. He didn't seem too concerned about humans!!!

Graham and Moresby are very different - but both are very special places!

Have fun,


9:28 am  
Blogger Wendy Killoran said...

Justine and Alun,

Wishing you a safe and remarkable journey. How wonderful to share such a special place with such special friends!

2:58 am  
Blogger Justine Curgenven said...

Thanks for the best wishes everyone! I'm really looking forward to it. Actually Alun isn't coming anymore - too much work!

2:23 pm  

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