'It’s just dried up': B.C. earthquake pulls plug on centuries-old Haida Gwaii hot springs
Days after the remote B.C. archipelago of Haida Gwaii emerged virtually unscathed from Canada’s second-strongest earthquake, locals discovered that the shifting earth had mysteriously switched off a centuries-old hot spring considered sacred by the Haida.
“It’s a very culturally significant site — even today Haida people would go down to take advantage of healing properties of the springs,” said Ernie Gladstone, a field unit superintendent for Gwaii Haanas National Park, of which Hot Spring Island is a part.