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…I came to a realization over the course of the last couple of days. I’m surprised it didn’t occur to me earlier. The last few weeks have been the longest period of time that I have spent outside of Alberta or British Columbia since I moved west from Nova Scotia in 2004. I continue to be amazed by the enormity and diversity of Canada and am so thankful that I call this… 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

How the B.C.’s First Nations are trying to save Canada’s wild giants, the Grizzly Bear, and the Humpback Whale, with eco-tourism. This is a touching documentary by Brandy Yanchyk. Much thanks to her, Marven Robinson and Joelene Brown for their continued efforts and for raising awareness. watch.cbc.ca/…e-prize/38e815a-00a5922b618

As I become more and more experienced with sea kayaking I find the more and more I deviate from the routing as outlined in my float plan. To quote Robert Burns, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.” This was the case recently during my week paddling in The Broken Group Islands. The inherent risks associated with the on water conditions though, should and will warrant a deviation from… Read More

This was my third time camping on Vargas Island north of Tofino in Clayoquot Sound. The first time was not by choice, the second time involved a strenuous hike with way too much gear but the third time was indeed a charm. Transportation by boat to the pocket beach adjacent to Ahous Bay was arranged with a friend (I wont disclose the individuals name) and the weather was fantastic for our two… Read More

Much thanks to Marven Robinson and the Gitga’at people for all that they do in helping to raise awareness and preserve the Great Bear Rainforest.    

Much thanks and appreciation to Tofino Sea Kayaking Company http://tofinoseakayaking.com/ for the Meares Island Trees and Shores tour on June 29th. Our guides, Arv and Aaron (spelling?) were very informative and true patrons of Clayoquot Sound. 

…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 was pleased to attend Pacific Wild’s Great Bear Wild event in Victoria on November 12th. Great organization, great turnout and support! Follow these links featuring some recent media coverage of Pacific Wild, the Great Bear Rainforest and Ian McAllister’s new book Great Bear Wild: The Great Bear Wild: Battle for One of the Last Conservation Frontiers on Planet Earth www.desmog.ca/2014/11/11/great-bear-wild-photographer-s-battle-one-last-conservation-frontiers-planet-earth One Day in ‘Great Bear Wild’ http://thetyee.ca/Culture/2014/11/08/One_Day_In_Great_Bear_Wild/The wild life of a… Read More