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Photo by Bart TerwielWalker Hook is a place of unparalleled beauty. It is located on the north end of Salt Spring Island, one of the largest of the southern Gulf Islands that lie between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. Named by white settlers after schooner captain Edward Walker, the original Hul'q'umi'num' name is Syuhe'mun, "place to catch up."

Click on image to find out more about this sensitive ecosystemThe "hook" part of the Anglican name refers to a tree-covered peninsula that is connected to the rest of Salt Spring Island by a sparsely vegetated spit, tidal marsh area and sandy beach. The geologic term for this latter connecting portion of the Walker Hook area is tombolo. Because of the rare juxtaposition of different ecosystems and the richness and diversity of biological life the tombolo supports, this area is considered a sensitive ecosystem.

Respected Penelakut Elders (l to r): Laura and August Sylvester and Myrus JamesThe tombolo and the surrounding areas at Walker Hook also have a long history of First Nations use. Elders remember hunting, fishing, and caring for their dead at Syuhe'mun. Archaeological deposits are deep and complex, and may represent as much as 4,500 years of First Nations history. Since the colonization of the island in the 1800s and subsequent decimation of the native population, settlers have used the tombolo at Walker Hook for a variety of agricultural and recreational purposes.

Around the turn of the century the Caldwell brothers were granted title to Syuhe'mun without compensation to First Nations. Recently, the Caldwells have leased out a portion of the land, including the tombolo, to Sablefin Hatcheries Ltd. for a large aquaculture project.

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