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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

After a relaxed 13 km paddle, the last thing a person wants to find on their camping beach is a group of teenagers with shabby power boats that cost much less than your first car, loud music and chainsaws! Needless to say I didn’t stay on the Stud Islets and for good reason. I found a much more “friendly” alternative which is all I can say so as not to disclose the… Read More

Safety Guide to Island Cougars Vancouver Island has the largest population of Cougars in the province and perhaps in the world. We are fortunate to share our island with this; one of the most mysterious and elusive of all creatures. The cougars secretive habits, with its astounding predatory abilities is capable of killing a 400 kilogram lb elk, and have resulted in a wealth of misconceptions and irrational fears in relation to… Read More

It’s been said that once you enter a natural environment, that it takes up to half an hour for nature to begin to restore itself and allow for one’s presence. As with any highly interconnected ecosystem and unbeknownst to us this is all subject to our limited understanding of the natural events that may already be transpiring. Photographing wildlife in this natural environment is challenging to say the least. There’s always surprises… Read More

Fairy Lake is a BC Forest Service campground located five km northeast of Port Renfrew. It is accessed from Port Renfrew via Harris Main, a dirt and gravel logging road. The area of the lake is 82.3 acres and it has an approximate depth of 16 feet. There are hiking trails in the area as well as trail bike riding, and other outdoor activities. It’s a very tranquil setting. Once you set… Read More

Overview Johnstone Strait is a 110 km channel along the northeast coast of Vancouver Island. Opposite the Vancouver Island coast, running north to south, are Hanson Island, West Cracroft Island, mainland British Columbia, Hardwick Island, West Thurlow Island and East Thurlow Island. At that point, the strait meets Discovery Passage which connects to The Salish Sea. The passage is between 2.5 km and 5 km wide. It is a major navigation channel on the… Read More

Abstract photography is a relatively unknown genre for me but I must say I am quite pleased with my first attempt. These images were created in an ancient Maple Grove on Southern Vancouver Island. I can’t disclose the location nor the name of the individual that informed me as to the location. Locations such as these are disappearing too quickly due to industrial activities. Go to https://www.ancientforestalliance.org/ to find out more.

…and a lot of it! The purpose of my outing was to scout potential areas where I will be able to attract, view and photograph Mountain Lion (Cougar) and to take advantage of favorable weather forecasted in Tofino to work on a commission for a client. I was able to get the commission work done and found some nifty spots where I might be able to see a Cougar. What I wasn’t… Read More

I’m almost done reading Comox Valley and award winning author Paula Wilds “The Cougar – Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous.” I’ve had the distinct pleasure of becoming acquainted with Paula and look forward to following the work that she does. http://www.paulawild.ca/the-cougar/ I highly recommend, in fact I consider this book essential reading for anyone that spends time in what’s known as “Cougar Country.” It’s incredibly informative and it will completely change your perspective… Read More