Did you know that an extensive private collection of world culture is tucked just above the small community of Maple Bay on Vancouver Island? This exceptional museum is now open for public viewing. Boaters can easily visit this museum by mooring their boat at Maple Bay Marina in Birds Eye Cove and take the dinghy over to the nearby Maple Bay Public Wharf. A steep but short quarter-mile hike up the road from the municipal wharf brings you to the Hand of Man Museum, an outstanding collection of cultural artifacts and natural science.
The museum’s collection consists of thousands of artifacts from North America, South America, Asia, India, and Africa – items collected by Jim Shockey during his 30 years of travel. We found ourselves spell bound by man’s accomplishments from different cultures and periods of time, a truly inspiring experience. Jim Shockey a writer of outdoor adventures, professional big game outfitter, and television producer of Jim Shockey’s Uncharted and other programs, has brought the experiences of man to light in the Hand of Man Museum. The videos shown in the African room of the museum are truly inspiring and sent chills up our spine. Jim’s hunting and traveling adventures spanned six continents and 50 countries. Shockey is recognized for his high standards of hunting ethics and is a retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces, having served as Lieutenant-Colonel. Through his adventures, he became an avid collector of Tribal Art and Tribal Artifacts from around the world.
The Hand of Man Museum (888-826-1011) is open daily, located at 6759 Considine Avenue and serves as a witness to the traditions and historic tools used by man to harvest and gather over the centuries. For more information, go online to HandofMan.org. From the Maple Bay Public Wharf, walk across the road where you will find a trail cut through the blackberry bushes, this will put you onto Maple Bay Road; continue up the hill and turn right onto Considine Avenue and walk one more block; it’s worth the hike!