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PROVINCE: British Columbia
LOCATION DETAILS: The location is a small gravel pit very close to the entrance of the Little Qualicum Falls Park
NEAREST TOWN: Whiskey Creek
NEAREST ROAD: Hwy 4a (Alberni Hwy)
OBSERVED: The following is a true and accurate account of a Sasquatch sighting by myself and two companions during the summer of 1987. This occured in a small gravel pit just off of the Port Alberni Highway near Cameron lake on Vancouver Island.
At approximately 11:00 pm on a Saturday night during the summer, myself and two friends arrived at the Whiskey Creek Pit as a result of a rumor that we had heard about a get together of young people at this location (All three of us were 18 years of age at the time.) I was the driver and had pulled my car off the highway and drove to approximately the centre of the pit. The rumor of the get together had been false as the pit was completely deserted. As I was about to back up and turn the car around, my friend in the front seat pointed out what appeared to be a set of eyes looking at us from out of the darkness at the western edge of the pit. I distinctly recall thinking the eyes likely belonged to a bear. Out of curiosity, I decided to turn the car in that direction and drove a little closer. As we approached, I turned on the high beams in order for us to get a better look.
There, caught in my headlights, standing at the base of the western edge of the pit was a creature that was clearly not a bear. We were positioned about 50-75 feet away and had a clear unobstructed view. It was very tall (around 7 feet) and very muscular with long arms. The creature stood very still and had a form similar to a human only much larger. It was covered completely in long dark hair with the exception of its face. The creatures eyes had a distinct orange glow about them from our headlights as it was looking directly at us almost as though it was stunned or it thought we couldn’t see it.
For a few moments there was a period of complete silence in the car as all three of us tried to take in what we were looking at. Then I remember being overcome by an overwhelming sense of fear as every hair on the back of my neck stood straight up. My friend in the front passenger seat started yelling at me to get the hell out of there. My other friend in the back also became very anxious and started screaming “let’s go! let’s go!” At that point, I put the car in reverse and began to back up and exit the pit. The last glimpse I managed to get of the creature was of it turning around as well.
We quickly left the pit and headed out on the highway for about a mile before I pulled the car over and stopped. Once we had collected ourselves, we discussed going back but decided against it as we were still too freaked out over what we had seen. However, a few days later we got together again with the intent to go look for footprints. We searched the general area in daylight but failed to discover anything discernable. We did find areas on the sandy banks of the pit that clearly showed something very large had climbed over several times.
ALSO NOTICED: Areas of the sandy banks had been disturbed but no distinct footprints were found.
OTHER WITNESSES: Myself and two friends (all in my car)
OTHER STORIES: Yes. In 2004 there was a report on Chek TV about two ladies driving to Port Alberni and sighting a large bi-pedal creature crossing the highway. This occured very close to the location of the pit. I've also heard of other sightings in the area but they are undocumented.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Approximately 2300 hrs. In darkness under a clear sky.
ENVIRONMENT: Gravel Pit. At the time it was accessible by car although since then its been blocked off to vehicles. Second growth forest around the edges of the pit as well as smaller alder trees.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Blaine McMillan :
I have interviewed this witness several times in the course of this investigation and I have found him to be very truthful and forthright in his description of the events.
The witness described to me how he and some friends were to meet up with some other school mates out in the woods for what is commonly known as a pit party. On driving into the gravel pit he and his friends soon realized that the party was a bust since they were the only ones there. As he was turning the vehicle around in order to depart the gravel pit his headlits illuminated a tall muscular creature. He described it as being completely covered in hair with its arms hanging disproportionally longer than a humans.
The sighting lasted for several long moments until the witness suddenly felt the desperate need to flee the area. In a panicked state he threw the transmission into reverse to leave the gravel pit. During the sighting the sasquatch remained motionless until the witness began to suddenly back up at which time it turned to walk up the embankment.
I have been to the location and it remains much like it probably did at the time of the incident. The highway the witness was travelling on (Highway 4) is the only paved road connecting the east side of Vancouver Island to the communities of Port Alberni, Ucuelet and Tofino. It is also a very narrow natural corridor through which animals such as elk and deer migrate. The Little Qualicum River holds trout throughout the year and salmon in the fall. There have been other sightings in the area and secondary evidence of sasquatch activity has been found by another BFRO investigator.
About BFRO Investigator Blaine McMillan :
- Retired Canadian Military (Reg Force) Safety Systems / Aviation technician with experience on CF-101 Voodoo, CT-133 Silverstar and various SAR platforms including CC-115 Buffalo and CC-130 Hercules.
- Married with two young sons. An avid camper, hunter and fisherman.
- Holds a BA in Criminology from the University of Manitoba, courses in Alternate Dispute Resolution, Anthropology and Political Science
- Attended the BFRO BC Expeditions in August of 2005, 2006, 2012 as well as Vancouver Island 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
- Organized the 2007, 2008 Vancouver Island as well as 2009 North Vancouver Island Expeditions.
- Author of "Woodknocks and Tossed Rocks: Searching for Sasquatch with the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.