Many thanks to our many sponsors, and a huge special thanks to the hosts of our autumn 2019 Secret Coast Expedition presentation tour! For this first tour (hopefully of many), we presented our show at two different venues in Vancouver, as well as here at home in Port Alberni. In spring 2020 we expect to get to Vancouver and Tofino and to several other British Columbia communities, before taking the tour across Canada and to the USA. (Send us a message if you want to stay in the info loop or if you have suggestions).
We launched last week in Vancouver with two sold-out shows, each hosted by one of our gear sponsors. We started on the North Shore, at the Salomon Store in West Van, and presented the second night at Fjallraven West Broadway. Both Salomon and Fjallraven have been great supporters of our expedition, and of course they each attracted a very interested and interesting, as well as very active and outdoorsy audience.
Then we ferried back home, to present here in Port Alberni yesterday evening – and what an incredible event that was. They had to keep bringing in more chairs! In all, we had over one hundred people show up!
Honestly, it is super-gratifying to see such a high level of interest in this project. Our crowds are really loving the photos (which I only finished sorting through last week – so it has been fun for me to finally go through them and to relive this adventure in doing so). But they are also very interested in my historical investigations – those earliest contacts, between the Spanish and British and American traders and explorers and the Nuu-chah-nulth inhabitants. These historical stories will be core to the book I am working on.
Once again, many thanks to our presenting sponsors, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Spanish Embassy in Canada, to the Wickaninnish Inn (sponsoring the indigenous oral history component of my research), and to the many supporting sponsors who helped out with gear, food, and logistical support. We will be continuing our presentations through the coming year. If you want to receive an occasional email about our upcoming presentations or the book, send us a message (don’t worry, I will never spam you!)