Thursday, June 23, 2011

Gwaii Hanas

I had so much fun sending Meg to Canada's Far North for Arctic Blue Death the fourth book in the series, that way I got to go too, that I decided to send Meg on a trip to another Canadian wilderness for the as yet untitled book 6 (I've decided silver will be in this title). Since I was going to be on the west coast for Bloody Words in Victoria, I decided Meg and I would travel to Haida Gwaii, the land of the Haida or the Queen Charlotte Islands as it is also known. As I child I would often listen to my father speak of these magical islands, his voice filled with no little amount of awe, where he had gone one summer while at university to work in one of the logging camps. So I always had a yen to visit this distant mountainous archipelago on the edge of Canada's Pacific coast.

I spent seven days with my husband, getting to know the islands and the people. Part of it was spent on a four day boat trip to the uninhabited southern part, to Gwaii Hanas National Park. I tell you, I fell in love with these wild, mystical islands and its people. And I came back full of ideas, information and photos. I can't wait to get started on this next Meg Harris mystery.

Please check  Gwaii Hanas photos to view a sampling of what we experienced.

1 comment:

  1. I lived in Masset, on the Queen Charlotte Islands, now renamed Haida Gwaii. I was there from 1972-1977 (I was 8-13 yrs old), and then back in 1980 for another year. For the 6 years afterward, I was back and forth. I was married there--my best memory of the place.

    Yes, it is beautiful. Even magical.

    Unfortunately, it wasn't a nice place to grow up. I am sure Meg will have a better experience than I did. :-)

    Cheryl Kaye Tardif
    bestselling author of Whale Song