Why I Love Campbell River


– [Narrator] The temperate
Pacific Coast climate makes Campbell River a popular
destination for ecotourism and outdoor adventure,
especially fishing. In fact, Campbell River has
gained a reputation as the salmon capital of the world. On the east side of
Vancouver Island, at the southern end
of Discovery Passage, you’ll find this cozy
coastal community. There might be no better
way to see the scenic beauty of this city than from the sky. Just ask the pilots
of Corilair, who deliver the mail by
float plane to small, off the grid communities and
surrounding Desolation Sound. – [Mike] Fishing has a really
big part in the history in Campbell River. But right up there with
fishing is float planes. At one time actually, Campbell River was one of
the busiest float plane bases in the world. I got the airplane bug very young. I had a private pilot
license at 17, I believe. And I’ve flown for the
better part of my life. One of the very popular
things that we offer is passengers riding along in
our historic mail flight. The stops on the mail
flight aren’t just mail. We service an area as
opposed to a destination. That’s where the flight
is very entertaining because it’s not
always the same. Today, we’re gonna go out
to the Discovery Islands and the edge of
Desolation Sound. The general area
that we’re servicing, there’s three options, there’s us, a private
boat, or a water taxi. So, it plays a pretty big role. We fly so many different things. We fly food and
medical supplies. We get usually once or twice
a summer the panic call for a baby seal that
somebody’s found. We wind up moving them in. We get the odd panic
call to do medevacs. There’s a whole host of things. – [Donna] I’m the post
master at Surge Narrows. It’s a floating post office. We service five islands. A lot of people come by boat. They get everything here. They get wine. (laughs) Some people order
stuff from Wal-Mart. We even had a tree
a few weeks ago. And a porta potty. It works for people. The community is very nice, they’re very friendly. It’s quite a social thing,
coming to the post office. I mean for me as well as them. Because there is no coffee shop. This is the best job. And then you have
these pilots come in, they’re always very nice to me. (laughs) I have no complaints. (engine starts) – [Mike] Each community is
different so we can go extremes. We can stop at Surge Narrows
and we have the homesteading, live off the land type. We can go over to Big Bay, and we have the rich and famous. We can go over to Refuge Cove, where it’s a community
that’s co-owned. It’s a cooperative owned
by a number of people. It’s really hard to say
this is the type of people that live out here because
it’s a huge cross section. We’re off to Little
Dent Island next, we’re gonna pick up a
mechanic and his tools who’s been working on a boat. From there we’re gonna
hop on over to Aaron Point and pick up one of the
workers there and we’re gonna take everybody back
to Campbell River. There’s a lot of people that
think it’s very romantic and they think that it’s
the best job in the whole world. Reality is, it’s a job
like any other job with good days and bad days. The good days, it’s a nice sunny
afternoon with no pressures and no timelines. The bad day is the weather’s
deteriorating and the wind’s coming up and you’re running
out of daylight and fuel. (soft music) We get people who have
actually booked us from all over the world. That have actually come here
specifically to do mail flight. I think it’s popular
because of its uniqueness. In it’s simplicity. It’s realism, and
it’s not a put on. Everybody gets off
the plane going, wow, I can’t believe I did this, it’s awesome and I can’t wait
to come back and do it again. – [Narrator] Campbell
River has quite a history, but it’s also facing
the future head on. For Sean Smith that means
empowering kids with the skills they need in the digital age. – [Sean] I love everything
about this town. From the people down to
the vista views that I have just walking down
along the beach. It’s a small town
with a big town feel when you need it to
have a big town feel. Five, four, three, two. Today we’re going to discuss
social media and your smart devices and how to keep
your kids safe when online. That’s today, on
the Digital Hallway. I’m a professional
social media educator. Where I’m teaching kids,
parents, teachers, and teens, how to use social media
safely and effectively. Today, I’m actually going
to be going to one of our local high schools and
speaking to the class on what we refer to as the
social media footprint. It’s educating students
on what your social media, your online presence looks like
and the effects that it can have on your life. The online world and
the offline world are so interconnected now that
anything you do in one space is going to be seen
in the other space. Trying to get kids to
understand that is much harder than to get adults to understand
that type pf abstract. What I’m gonna be talking
to you today about is social media and the
social media footprint. All your posts, and your picture shares, and your conversations
and you text messages, all of that equates to your
social media footprint. That follows you around forever. We’re dealing with the
somewhat darker side. How does a potential child
predator utilize social media for their proclivities
and going after youth? How does an employer
use social media as a means of doing it
as their first interview. What I want you do is I want
you to log into your computers. I want you to go on and I want
you to do a Google search. I want you to search
for yourself online. In your community, or your name and a
sport that you’re into. Or a name and a game
that you’re into. And see where your
profile shows up. Because that’s how the
employers are going to be looking for you. They know the apps that they
use and the tools that they use but they don’t know how
other people use them. For both positive
and negative purpose. Within a week, she’s no longer a candidate, she lost her job with
the city of Calgary, and she’s done. All because of a tweet she
did four years earlier. That’s how quick things
can go sideways for you. This is part of the reason
why I teach about making sure that the content
that you post online has value to you now
and in the future. Any questions? Educating kids is probably
one of the most challenging and most rewarding
things that you can do because they’re a blank slate. If you engage them in something
that they’re interested in, they are yours to teach. – [Narrator] The landscape
of Campbell River inspires many artists. Including generations
of master carvers in the Henderson family. Who know the importance
of passing down tradition. (dog barks) – [Bill] This carving shed is, I built it 17 years ago, I believe it was. It is on Old Spit road. The place where I
grew up as a child. I played here
right on the beach. I had a really good
feeling here all the time. Right on the water
you look out and yeah, it’s a great feeling. This picture up here, is my whole family. All my siblings, all my brothers and sisters. Mom and dad is up at the top. Here’s a picture
of my brother Dan, myself, my brother Sam,
and my brother Mark. We did that BBQ that day for, we did a Henderson exhibit
for my father’s work. It was a great day for us. There’s a lot of pictures
of dad up there carving. When he sat there painting
in our old kitchen, I was there with him. (chuckles) That’s where I learned so much, by sitting there and watching. My first carving I made, I was in grade one. I learned how to use a
knife as a very young boy because we made our own toys. As years went on I got better. And the carving where
we’re sitting here today, I’ve made so many
carvings and totem poles, and it’s great to share our
art with so many other people. It amazed me. I never thought I’d see
this day what I’m doing now. I’ve got poles going to
Memphis Tennessee and New York. Ishikari, Japan. Akita, Japan. You know, I had a person go to Akita and
she come back and said Bill, it was like going to a
Henderson exhibit over there. She’d seen so much of our work. Stuff like that really makes
me feel good and proud. Because they’ve got so
much respect for your work. (buzzing) To pass it on is wow. And to keep it going. It makes me feel really good, for my nephews and
my son William. Yeah when my brother
Ernie passed away, Greg was, he just graduated
not long after that. I knew he was
interested in carving, so I kind of took him
along and helped him out as the years went on. I was impressed. He learned fast. He’s just like Junior, he came to me when
he was 17 years old, wanted to learn our culture. I took him in and we
learned how to make knives. How to make the tools first. Then we went into carving. (scraping) Passing it on is the
thing in my family. Dad says you know, keep your legacy going. You know, as far as I’m concerned, in my family it’s
not gonna go away. – [Narrator] People fall
in love with Campbell River for many reasons. For an early 20th century
artist named Sybil Andrews, it was the stunning
landscape as much as it was the fascinating people. (piano music) [Ken] Sybil Andrews was
born in Bury St. Edmunds, England and had a
rather rural upbringing. But eventually landed at The
Grosvenor School in London. Which is a very central
school in the history of English avant-garde Art. After the war, her and her husband wanted
to emigrate to the colonies and ended up in Campbell River
which would be very English weather for her and
continued to make art and teach here
for over 40 years. (piano music) The work of Sybil
Andrews is very central of what we’ve come to
recognize as early modernism. There was so many changes
at the beginning of the 20th century in technology, and in science, and in physics, it’s also the time of the
beginning of the automobile, the airplane, film, movies,
Freudian psychoanalysis, all this is happening
at the same time. The artists were very quick
to pick up on the implications of what this would mean
for visual imagery. Imagery that loved speed, loved energy, loved the diagonal, everything was impacted with
this future hope of urbanism. Sybil didn’t just
participate in that, she was an active creator
in the kind of imagery that came out of that school. So she’s very much at
the heart of what we mean when we look at early modernism. On the surface, you know, when we hear that
Sybil leaves England, right after the war in 1946, with her husband Walter Morgan, and they end up in Campbell
River coming out of London and coming out of the
English avant-garde, it would seem to be impossible. It was basically a logging town, a fishing area. It would be very
rough and tumble. Very working man, and with not much
development here. So you would think that
it wouldn’t be a fit. Yet, when you look at the
environment of Campbell River, with it’s dynamic storms, with its powerful tides, with its moving rivers, it’s abundance of wildlife. Everything is in motion up here. She also had a great love
for the working class and the working man so, in a way, it’s not surprising
that she would end up in a place like Campbell River
because it has all of the attributes that
contribute to the art that she made when she was here. I think what’s interesting
to see in Sybil Andrews and her work is how that
legacy is continuing to gain recognition
and gain popularity. For example, there is a
new Sybil Andrews academy that’s opened up in England. The auction houses have
been selling her works for record prices. The Sybil Andrews
cottage in Campbell River has become I think, one of
the jewels of the community. Though it didn’t have
a successful story in it’s early years. When Sybil passed away, it sat vacant for
a number of years because it was in
need of repairs. The decision was made not
to turn it into a museum, but to keep it as a community
gathering space because Sybil taught art here, she taught music here
for over 40 years. Walter showed movies here. They had movie nights. He played trumpet, the band would be here. This was to many people
the first cultural hub, cultural centre
in Campbell River. And today, it is booked daily. We are almost at capacity with
community groups that access the Sybil Andrews cottage
and keep the legacy of Sybil and Walter alive
in Campbell River. – [Narrator] Campbell River is
home so many amazing people. Who are the people you
love in your community? Tell us about them by
emailing [email protected] We will see you soon. ♪ I see colours wherever we go ♪ True true colours ♪ You know ♪ I see colours ♪ All the colours of the rainbow ♪ True true colours ♪ Yeah ♪ Hand in hand we’re walking ♪ Putting footsteps in the sand ♪ We are laughing
loud and talking ♪ Now we only want to dance

10 thoughts on “Why I Love Campbell River

  1. Work brought me here, I love the place. Worked at Painters in the late 70's to early 80's while in University.

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