Brenda McCorquodale

Yreka Mine reveals nuggets of history

Brenda McCorquodale looks at the history of the Yreka Mine.

Coal tycoon Robert Dunsmuir came from Scotland to Fort Rupert in 1851.

Coal lured industrialist to North Island

The history of one of the richest and most well-known industrialists in the history of Vancouver Island, Robert Dunsmuir.

Coal tycoon Robert Dunsmuir came from Scotland to Fort Rupert in 1851.
Hetty Fredrickson

Unorthodox mediums create extraordinary art

Sayward home to Valley of 1,000 Faces exhibition by remarkable artist.

Hetty Fredrickson

North Island history never ceases to amaze

Brenda McCorquodale looks at the early history of Sointula.

Haddington Island sits in Johnstone Strait in the triangle formed by the communities of Port McNeill

History built on Haddington Island stone

Haddington Island source for unique building stone.

Haddington Island sits in Johnstone Strait in the triangle formed by the communities of Port McNeill
The cabin where the bodies of the trappers were found.  It was reported to have been demolished at a later date by a road-building crew.

Vernon Lake diary tells a tale of desperation

Harrowing tale recorded in the diary of a pair of stricken trappers.

The cabin where the bodies of the trappers were found.  It was reported to have been demolished at a later date by a road-building crew.
Map from approximately 1780 showing the west coast of Canada encompassing a large inland sea.

Early European forays to the North Island

Brenda McCorquodale recounts visits by early European explorers to the North Island.

Map from approximately 1780 showing the west coast of Canada encompassing a large inland sea.
Photographer Ben Leeson effectively uses the sunset to light his subject in this portrait

The amazing photographic legacy of Ben Leeson

Brenda McCorquodale looks back to a pioneering North Island photographer.

Photographer Ben Leeson effectively uses the sunset to light his subject in this portrait
Fort Victoria circa 1860

First Nations decimated by smallpox

The arrival of European traders brought many new diseases to the North Island, including measles and smallpox.

Fort Victoria circa 1860
Students and staff pose in front of St. Michael's Indian Residential School

Residential Schools offer lessons for future

Brenda McCorquodale looks to the history of St. Michael’s Indian Residential School.

Students and staff pose in front of St. Michael's Indian Residential School
Damage from the 1907 storm on the North Island is visible behind the Quatsino sawmill.

1907 Hurricane hits the North Island

Brenda McCorquodale explains that the North Island has been no stranger to wild weather.

Damage from the 1907 storm on the North Island is visible behind the Quatsino sawmill.

Historical Quakes and Waves on the North Island

Brenda McCorquodale recalls other earthquakes and tsunamis that affected Vancouver Island.

A portion of the Hardy Bay to Coal Harbour Trail

The Hardy Bay-Coal Harbour Road

A look back down the 'Colonization Road' by Brenda McCorquodale.

A portion of the Hardy Bay to Coal Harbour Trail
Visitors stroll the boardwalk from the trail to the beach at Grant Bay under a mix of cloud and sun.

Grand Bay awash with rich and varied history

Brenda McCorquodale discusses the history of Grant Bay.

Visitors stroll the boardwalk from the trail to the beach at Grant Bay under a mix of cloud and sun.

The bleak history of Triangle Island

Local historian, Brenda McCorquodale, recounts the history of Triangle Island.

Little village by the shore boasts grand past

Winter Harbour is located on the northern portion of Quatsino Sound and is the western-most settlement on Vancouver Island.

An early shot of Port Hardy around the same time swindlers were stealing from hard-working folk looking for better lives.

Hardy Bay land scam helped build community

Until the early 1900s, Hardy Bay existed as a small community on the east side of the Bay, opposite the current townsite.

An early shot of Port Hardy around the same time swindlers were stealing from hard-working folk looking for better lives.
Minstrel Island.

Minstrel Island: loggers’ centre of universe

The island is believed to have taken its name from a travelling theatre troupe that travelled through the area

Minstrel Island.
Pics from the past show Fort Rupert

Fort Rupert construction no quickie job

Fort Rupert was established in Beaver Harbour on Northern Vancouver Island in 1847

Pics from the past show Fort Rupert
'Namgis on the Nimpkish

‘Namgis on the Nimpkish

Brenda McCorquodale writes about the history of the Nimpkish Valley

'Namgis on the Nimpkish