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In the early 20th century the logging industry was booming around Comox Harbour on Vancouver Island, as it was in many frontier towns of the Pacific Northwest. But a logging boom can quickly go bust if you can’t turn your timber into lumber quickly and cheaply. At the time, getting logs to the mill faced a lot of challenges in British Columbia, including unpredictable weather and rough waters, which took a toll… Read More

An Editor from Explore Magazine – Canada’s source for outdoor adventure, hiking, camping, gear, travel and skills was recently referred to me: explore-mag.com One of my images from The Salish Sea Marine Trail Grand Opening in September may be used for an upcoming feature article, celebrating the trail. To find out more about The Salish Sea Marine Trail, go here: bcmarinetrails.org/…/salish-sea-marine-trail

Do you paddle on the west coast of British Columbia? Chances are you’ve visited a BC Marine Trails campsite or you may already be familiar with the work that the BC Marine Trails is doing? We have various opportunities within our organization for those passionate about paddling and who want to help us build the World’s largest marine trail network. It’s these volunteer efforts that help keep our trails and campsites open…. Read More

Each year as a part of my annual calendar distribution, I solicit donations on behalf of a conservation based – non profit organization. This year I have partnered with Surfrider Vancouver Island. They do amazing work and I’m happy to be a part of their efforts. Find out more about what they do here: vancouverisland.surfrider.org

Attention all British Columbia residents or paddling enthusiasts that might be nearby. We need your help and support! Do you love to paddle? Love to camp? Love the West coast? Looking to help? Join us December 2nd in Nanaimo for the BC Marine Trails Annual General Meeting (AGM) and be a part of helping to build the World’s largest marine trail. Register here: bcmarinetrails.org/…r/bcmtna-meetings/agm  

I found this graph and diagram entertaining. It’s definitely a reflection of my own kayaking experience and sense of risk management.

Adventurer and Sea Kayaker, Craig Jones is planning to kayak most of the west coast of British Columbia during the Summer of 2018, roughly from mid May until the first week of August. Craig plans to depart from either the Sunshine Coast or perhaps Port Hardy and paddle all the way up the coast to Prince Rupert or perhaps slightly beyond. Safety is always first of course, but he’s looking to kayak… Read More

As a member and director of the British Columbia Marine Trail Network bcmarinetrails.org I am pleased to announce the opening of the Salish Sea Marine Trail this weekend. The Salish Sea Marine Trail connects Victoria to Vancouver as part of the Trans Canada Trail, and the grand opening celebration on Newcastle Island puts you on the doorstep of some of the great wilderness locations of this multi-faceted paddling route. The grand opening weekend event… Read More

This weekend, I will be joining forces with Documentary Filmmaker Paul Novy from Iceberg Films  icebergfilms.com to discuss the relationships between nature and photography and to showcase the west coast of Vancouver Island at it’s finest. We’ll be venturing out to Rugged Point env.gov.bc.ca/…/explore/parkpgs/rugged_pt by kayak and spending 3-4 days immersing ourselves in our surroundings, photographing and filming seascapes and possibly even the wolf, bear and cougar that are known to frequent this area. This… Read More

Fair Harbour is a remote outpost on the Northwest side of Vancouver Island. In May, 2013 I hitched a ride from here with Leo Jack and Voyager Water Taxi voyagerwatertaxi.com to the small village of Kyuquot and from there I paddled to Spring Island. This time though, documentary film maker Paul Novy from icebergfilms.com and I will be arriving in Fair Harbour on the afternoon of September 1st. We will be launching our kayaks early on… Read More