I returned to Port McNeill yesterday and spent a nice evening with friends from another boat. Today I went to Beaver Harbour, surrounded by the First Nations village of Kwakiutl. They have been here for a long time, and in 1792 the Spanish explorers Galiano and Valdes stopped by as well. The Hudson Bay Company established Fort Rupert here in 1851, but it all burned down in 1889. Today, the Kwakiutl First Nation still has a cannon in their welcome pole.
I anchored in Patrician Cove and hiked 12 km through the woods and along the beach into town and back, quite strenuous but also very interesting.
(Note for Peggy: Exact distance was 11.7 km, this time measured from beach)