Ancient Rock Art, British Columbia

AUGUST 2002 – A rock engraving from the Thorsen Creek Petroglyphs site in Bella Coola, B.C., Canada, shows a man with a large head and face and super slim body. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Earlier today I shared ancient rock art from Namibia. Here’s another ancient piece of art, this time from Canada: A rock engraving of the Thorsen Creek Petroglyphs at Bella Coola. The creek is situated in a dense forest on private property near the town. Next to the creek, there are several historic rock paintings from the First Nation People showing weathered etchings of animals and faces. An awesome experience.

Not only is the access restricted, but in 2002 there were NO signs leading to the site, NO trails and NO explanation plates. Therefore we strongly recommend to ask at the Bella Coola Visitor Center for a local Nuxalk First Nations guide. He will have the permission to lead you around the site and explain the meaning of the paintings and their origins.

Bella Coola, by the way, is well worth a visit if you want to experience total tranquility and relaxation. You can get to the town by ferry (operated by B.C. Ferries), by plane, or by car –but plan for a long ride along Highway 20. The next large town is Williams Lake, about 450 kilometers away!

The high resolution image

Capture Date16-AUG-2002
LocationBella Coola, B.C.
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 50mm f/1.4
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3720 x 2480 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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