We were traveling from one inlet to the next, and passed this old cannery on Princess Royal Island. It spooked me and stirred that part of my imagination that thinks of scary movies. It would be a perfect location. Remote. Lonely. Old buildings and all the things that could have transpired inside. One stark lightbulb left turned on in the house perched up in the hills. Located on the edge of a forest and all the creatures that inhabit it…both real and imagined. Still gives me the willies to think about it!
Oh, and if you look closely in one of the pictures, you will see a gentleman at the top of the ramp (just under his clothesline), who lives there full-time. He’s the only resident. I don’t think I’d last ten minutes there.
Butedale Cannery from the water
Look closely for the only resident of Butedale. I did a bit of research and found out his name is Louis.
Butedale Cannery – it’s a lonely life
Butedale Cannery – at one time approximately 400 people worked here
I scream for ice cream?
If you do a search on Butedale Louis you will find many interesting stories by people who have stopped at Butedale and experienced his warm hospitality. It’s pretty fascinating stuff! There was even a book about him published in 2001 called Louis’ Place: Taming the Bush, so I’m going to have to try to find a copy (luckily I work at a library so it shouldn’t be too difficult).
Unlike when you are out for a hike where bears could be present and you want to make as much noise as possible so they know they are sharing the forest, when you are bear watching from a zodiac or other boat the goal is to be as quiet as possible. Many times we’d turn the motor of the zodiac off and just float along a river and keep our eyes opened for signs of a bear (or two) along the forest edge or in a meadow of wildflowers. Sometimes there were seven of us in the zodiac, sitting silently, hours at a time, cameras poised, just taking in the scenery.
Sometimes you start to see interesting shapes, some that look odd forest creatures or animals.
It may sound boring to some people, but it really was part of the whole experience. Your mind is free to wander and you become very relaxed (or at least I did, I’ve never meditated, but I’m pretty sure it was a lot like meditation).