The Real Relic

The Beachcombers TV series was part of my childhood.  Although it was filmed in my province, the coastal scenery seemed exotic.  Growing up in the northern interior of British Columbia in the 70’s, we knew scrubby spruce trees, not coastal cedars. We breathed pulp mill pollution, not sea air. The set in Gibsons seemed far away, but public television gave us a taste of BC’s coast on prime time TV.

It also enshrined the Relic toque as a cultural icon.  No lilac crocheted cap for him.

Tough guys wear no nonsense black caps.

If you want more jetboats, logs, and crusty coastal characters…

My Dad wonders where the last remaining wild places are.  I tell him, “You live there.”


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