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One of the first things I noticed when we first moved to Bella Bella in 2007 was the startling contrast between the extraordinary natural backdrop of ocean, islands and mountains and the utilitarian quality of the village. I love looking at the surrounding landscape--the trees, the birds and the way the landscape is sliced up by power lines and poles.


My first impression was "what a shame. If only those wires weren't there". But now, I see them as a unique part of the place. It is part of the unpretentiousness of this town. It is a reminder that we are not in a suburb of Vancouver, that this place is an outpost; that even though we have cell phones and internet, we are on the edge of the continent.