Campell River, Vancouver Island Museum Photo Gallery


Squirrel Cove church and houses.  (MCR 17143)
Squirrel Cove circa 1950's.  MCR 19778)

The ancestral lands of the Klahoose First Nation include Toba Inlet and Ramsay Arm on the mainland, East and West Redonda Islands and much of Cortes Island.  In the past, the most important Klahoose communities were located in the mainland inlets but today Squirrel Cove on the east coast of Cortes Island is the primary population centre.

The basket makers of Squirrel Cove, or Tork as it is called in the language of the Klahoose people, were well known. Squirrel Cove is a popular stopping place for pleasure craft headed to and from Desolation Sound.  Women sold baskets from their homes to these visitors.  There are no active basket makers in Squirrel Cove today.


Annie Pielle, born in 1885, was the eldest of 6 children born to Martha (Timothy) and Billy Pielle.