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River Boats at Port Simpson, BC

Photograph depicts sternwheeler, smaller boat, and canoe in foreground. Second sternwheeler named the 'Caledonia' can be seen anchored to shore in background. Town buildings stand on hill in background. Photo believed to have been taken in Port Simpson, B.C.

A cannery

Photograph depicts a cannery on pilings with a body of water in the foreground and houses and trees in the background.

Green Island

Photograph depicts a lighthouse on a rocky island with water in the foreground. Annotation on verso of photograph states: "Dear Dr. Thanks for the cheque received yesterday. Christmas Greetings. Yours Sincerely Mr. Cruickshank (?) Green Island"

Bella Bella Church

Photograph depicts a church and unidentified building with a large fenced yard in the foreground. Annotation on verso of photograph states: "Bella Bella Church"


The images consists primarily of 130+ photographs taken by or belonging to Reverend R.W. Large, MD which depict communities on the Northwest Coast between approximately 1898 and 1920 including Bella Bella, Rivers Inlet, and Port Simpson, including native villages in which Reverend Large worked. Images show scenes of native fishing, canneries, mission hospitals, churches, girls schools, portraits of native families, and Northwest Coast totems. Other images include 25+ photographs and postcards from the Large family depicting ships and boats on the North Coast.

Totem Pole

Photograph depicts a totem pole and a tall wooden plant holder in front of a body of water.


Photograph depicts four Indigenous totem carvings at Kitwanga with two wooden houses in the background.

Bear killed at Kinsquit(?)

Photograph depicts a man holding a rifle over a dead bear in front of a wooden building. Annotation on verso of photograph states: "Bear killed at Kinsquit(?)"

Cannery buildings

Photograph depicts cannery buildings on pilings with a body of water in the foreground and tree covered mountains in the background.

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