|Pioneer Life in the Homes and Woods of the Queen Charlotte Islands|
|Click on one of the thumbnails to go to a new page.
|The little village of Port Clements nestles beside an inlet of the sea in the misty and distant Queen Charlotte Islands, far from the hustle of great world events. Port has been settled and developed only very recently, within living memory in fact. The artefacts of pioneer life still exist here, and they have been donated to the village museum where they form a unique glimpse of life as it once was, before the global village replaced distinctive local lifestyles.|
|Visually the most impressive part of the museum's collection sits outdoors because the early machines of the logging industry are far too large to fit indoors. These behemoths of the woods are unique -- engineered, designed and built to special order, these machines were crafted one at a time to meet historical needs and not in a stream from a production line. For some, only a handful or perhaps one or two were ever built.|
|From the massive steam-driven stationary donkey engines through a variety of yarders and skidders, each
mechanical marvel has a story to tell about the quick progress of logging technology.
These, like the residents of Port, are newcomers to the islands of Haida Gwaii the home for thousands of years to the famous and fearsome Haida nation. The Haida were the Vikings of the Pacific Northwest, roaming down the coast to Victoria and beyond, trading and harrey-ing at will.
|For more information about the Haida, Visit the Haida Gwaii Museum's web site.|
Join us to discover your past
|Home | About us | Links | Contacts | Email
Copyright © Port Clements Museum Society, 2005