Whale in the Door

A Community Unites to Protect BC's Howe Sound


This is the place for photos of what’s going on in Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem, and whatever I come across as I continue to fall even more deeply in love with this beautiful fjord. I welcome your additions. You can mail me with photos: songspinner(at)shaw(dot)ca

Sleeping Woman Mountain

Sunset on Sleeping Woman Mountain PHOTO PAULINE LE BEL

This is my most recent photo of Sleeping Woman Mountain – the view from my living room. Her head (on the right) is also known as Mount Strachan. Her breast has no name – yet – and her very pregnant belly is called St Mark’s Peak. To the left of the large Douglas Fir is Chíchiyuy –  the Squamish name for The Lions. From my window I see only the left facing Sister or Chíchiyuy.


My favourite photo of this spectacular falls – among the highest in the world – taken by my friend Virginia. I remember the day she took the photo. We had to navigate around a film crew from the U.S.


Randall Lewis

Randall Lewis and Pauline in Squamish  PHOTO PAUL FAST

This photo was taken almost three years ago when I began my research for Whale in the Door. I had an important first meeting with Randall Lewis, the Environmental Advisor for the Squamish Nation. He turned out to be an incredible ally with his vast knowledge of the ecosystems in Howe Sound and his memories of growing up in Atl’kitsem. Randall insisted on a photo to mark the occasion and we stood in front of the welcoming figure at the head of the Sound in front of his office.