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
I’m definitely hoping not, but even if it just happens once that’s okay too. I mentioned late last month via social media that I had some very exciting news. One of my images, created in 2013 on Northwest Vancouver Island is going to be featured in the April 2017 National Geographic Traveler (UK) edition. To have an image featured in this fabled publication is humbling and I am to say the least… Read More
For those that are getting ready for paddling season on the west coast, I personally consider the BC Coast Explorer and Marine Trail Guide by my friend John Kimantas – Volumes 1 and 2 essential to your trip planning. You can buy both volumes here: wildcoastmagazine.com/…/bc-coast-explorer-guide-books Of course it goes without saying that a British Columbia Marine Trail Network membership, bcmarinetrails.org is also a must.
Read about Jon Dawkins unfortunate recent experience on Price Island, similar in ways to what happened to me in Kyuquot in 2013.
I’m recruiting potential British Columbia based paddlers to join the BC Marine Trails Coastal Journey’s Team for 2017. This is a great way to showcase and share your adventures through writing, photography and video. Contact me for more information.
As the west coast of British Columbia and Vancouver Island gets battered by the remnants of Typhoon Songda I know this might seem like an odd time to talk about sea kayaking. But, if I can’t be paddling, why not think and talk about it right? In July of 2015 I purchased a Werner Cyprus paddle from Comox Valley Kayaks for about $600.00 and I must say, though expensive this was a… Read More
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
In July of 2013 I paddled from Tofino and made my base camp at Blunden Island. The following morning I set out to paddle across to Vargas Island. The crossing is only 2 km at best and conditions were calm. The goal was to photograph the Wolves on Vargas Island and because the crossing was minimal I only brought along a few provisions, minimal food, a little bit of water and that… Read More
Luckiest Man in the Pacific! June 5th, 2013 Last week, Comox Valley photographer Martin Ryer (www.mryer.com) found himself stuck on Spring Island without a paddle. His boat and the driftwood it was tied to floated off in the night. He found his boat down the beach, but lost his paddle. He then scoured the island for a solution (while enjoying the sights) and found our camp and an old canoe paddle stashed… Read More
The Broken Group is a group of small islands and islets in the middle of Barkley Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The group is protected as the Broken Islands Group Unit of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The group lies between Imperial Eagle and Loudon Channels and includes Brabant Islands, Hand Island, but not Pinkerton Islands. The southernmost of the group is Cree Island, the… Read More