Courtenay is a town on the east coast of Vancouver Island,British Columbia, Canada. Behind the town is a region called Forbidden Plateau, which rises on the lower slopes of Mount Becher. It’s a year round area for biking, hiking, climbing and fishing. The “Forbidden” part comes from a legend that when the local Comox First Nations were threatened by raiders,they sent their women and children up to the Plateau for safety.This usually worked, but one time when they were under attack, the women and children vanished without a trace. After that, the Plateau was taboo, believing that evil spirits had destroyed their families.
In this view, we’re looking down from part way up the Plateau, over Courtenay to the Strait of Georgia, which separates Vancouver Island from the mainland of British Columbia.This is the sheltered route for cruise ships and other traffic moving up to the northern communities and on to Alaska. On the far side of the Strait are the ranges of the Coast Mountains, mostly accessible only by air or hiking.
Taken May 17, 2009, Sony DSCF828 camera.