Kitsault, British Columbia, Canada

Now here’s something you don’t see everyday.

In 1979, on the northeastern coast of British Columbia, a quaint little town called Kitsault was founded by U.S. Mining Group Phelps Dodge to support the production of a metal called molybdenum.  It housed 1700 residents, and boasted a hospital, community centre, movie theatre, and a grocery store.

By 1982, the price of molybdenum crashed and a mere 18 months later, Kitsault was abandoned, leaving behind a pristine ghost town with a library full of books,  a community centre full of exercise equipment–and hydro.

In 2004, businessman Krishnan Suthanthiran purchased the town for 5.7 million, sight unseen, with the intention of turning it into  “an eco-tourist destination or an artist’s colony.”  In the meantime, the town sits, unoccupied and ethereal in its abandoned beauty.*

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Library in Kitsault

Library in Kitsault, complete with books.

 

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Menu from 1980. Chips were only a $1.00.

 

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Pool in the community centre.

 

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Expensive exercise equipment in the community centre.

 

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Office supplies left behind.

 

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Decor from the 70’s still adorn houses in Kitsault

 

Abandoned houses in Kitsault.

Abandoned houses set against the beautiful forest backdrop of British Columbia.

* photos courtesy Chad Graham

The Day of the Crone

As a single woman, I’ve always held a bit of a grudge against a society that only celebrates unions.  I’ve spent tons of money on bridal showers, wedding showers, weddings, while my personal accomplishments–getting my degrees, my first house, my first promotion, twice surviving cancer, surviving bipolar illness–barely even warrants a thatagirl.  No fair.

Not all is lost though.  I was reading on the internet awhile back about a “crone ceremony”:  a woman’s celebration of life and accumulated wisdom at 55.  Now that my 55th year is drawing to a close (could I be so close to 60??) I decided to have my own little celebration.

Unfortunately, I didn’t come up with this in time to throw a party; but I do have something else in mind.  A special crone ring.

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Ok, ok–I see that it’s a husband and wife photo, but I’m taking liberties.  These beautiful rings are made in British Columbia, Canada, by Touchwood Rings, and–as their name implies, they’re made of wood.

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Aren’t they gorgeous?

As long as you don’t swim or bathe while wearing them, they should last a lifetime.  Customers have a broad choice of woods to choose from, each having their own particular meaning.  They are made by taking veneers of woods and bending them around a form rather than simply drilling holes in blocks of wood. These bentwood rings, as they are called, are more durable and less likely to fall apart than their blockwood counterparts.  You an also choose inlays of crushed stones for an extra decorative touch.

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Koa wood with Jade inlay.

Water issues aside, the only problem with these rings as far as I’m concerned is trying to choose which one you like–there are literally thousands of choices.

Beautiful walnut with inlays

Beautiful walnut with inlays

I’m looking forward to receiving my ring, honed from Mother Earth in celebration of a over a half-century of life.

King Pacific Lodge, British Columbia, Canada

It’s not cheap, running at $2000 per night for the least expensive room.  (Pick yourself off the floor now.)

But man, is it’s beautiful.

Located on B.C.’s west coast, King Pacific Lodge is the ultimate in gorgeous scenery and eco-travel.

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King Pacific Lodge in British Columbia, Canada

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Hiking in the Rockies.

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Arial View of the Lodge and Surrounds.

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Not exactly roughing it!

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Kayaking is one of the many activities available.

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So maybe I can’t afford to spend my winters in a tropical paradise.  Where in my native Canada can I go to beat the winter blues?

Vancouver Island is postcard picture-perfect, and based on what I’ve read, it’s the warmest spot in Canada.  Because of its precise location,

Victoria claims the mildest climate in Canada because the Pacific ocean in this region maintains a constant temperature of 50 degrees F. Prevailing westerly ocean winds provide a buffer to warmer summer and cooler winter temperatures. Regional mountains also provide weather protection, and as a result, Victoria has the lowest rainfall on the West Coast and consequently enjoys the most days of sunshine. Victoria is the only city in Canada that has recorded winters when the thermometer did not drop below freezing. Even in January the temperate climate allows outdoor activities such as fishing, sailing and golfing in the coastal areas.

Golfing and sailing in January? How cool is that?  I don’t do either, mind you, but I could learn.

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia

British Columbia is also the home of many Canadian artists and artisans.

Artist Kevin Stone of Metal Animation specializes in large-scale, one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional, stainless steel sculptures

There wouldn’t be a limit to what you could do in British Columbia. Going for a drive would be a vacation in itself.

Yes, I think I could adjust to British Columbia just fine.

Upper Arrow Lake, British Columbia