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Side Bay is located on Northwest Vancouver Island, north of Brooks Peninsula and pretty much right beside Lawn Point Provincial Park. It is accessible via logging road from Port Alice, approximate driving time is 4.5 hours from the Comox Valley. It’s 3 hours of pavement and then 1.5 hours of logging road. There’s lots of signs on the logging road to point you in the right direction and it’s in really good… Read More

I first visited this location (which needs to remain undisclosed) in June, 2014. I’ve always wanted to go back. Given all the recent snowfall on Vancouver Island I thought it would add a different element to the scenes. I think I was right.

Mount Washington is a mountain on the eastern edge of the Vancouver Island Ranges of British Columbia. It is located approximately 25 km from the Comox Valley. The mountain was named after Rear Admiral John Washington, official Hydrographer, British Royal Navy, by Captain George Richards while charting the West Coast in the 1860s.

I noticed this old truck a few weeks ago near the intersection of Cumberland Road and Comox Valley Parkway. I knew it was definitely having a closer look at.

Tonight I got to try out my new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. I had a lot of back light and difficult texture and skin color to compose but overall this lens performed fantastic.

My adventure included a 29 km hike deep into Strathcona Provincial Park, a rugged mountain wilderness of over 250,000 hectares that dominates central Vancouver Island. Created in 1911, Strathcona is the oldest provincial park in BC and the largest on Vancouver Island. The triangular shaped park practically spans the entire width of Vancouver Island, in that it borders on Herbert Inlet off Clayoquot Sound on the Pacific Coast, and extends eastwards to… Read More

…honestly what’s better than coming across an old red truck in a country setting? The more natural the setting, of course the better. This particular setting wasn’t exactly as I would have liked but nonetheless the image speaks for itself and it was a great subject to photograph.

How often is it that we visit a place, be it a Provincial Park or some other public location and don’t take the time to read the signs that discuss it’s past, whom it may be dedicated to and so forth? I did just that today before starting my hike to the waterfalls found at Rosewall Creek Provincial Park. The park was established in 1956 in memory of Lt. Ian Macdonald (1920-1944) of the… Read More

…for those familiar with Vancouver Island we all know that the entire population on the island could easily spend their entire lifetimes exploring each river, creek or stream.  Likely there would still be some that were missed. Today I bushwhacked a river for a few hours just south of Campbell River on Rossiter Main and was surprised by the wonderful winter conditions and colors.

  Much thanks to the staff at Comox Valley Kayaks – Lauren LaBossiere and Gabriela Brunschwiler for helping me achieve my Paddle Canada Basic Sea Kayak Skills certification and for sharing their expert knowledge and experience. I look forward to more training next year but for now I’ll take what I’ve learned to the misty and windswept coastline of Vancouver Island.