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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

A must watch documentary showcasing the work done by Ancient Forest Alliance and Photographer TJ Watt. Help suppert the Ancient Forest Alliance by donating here: ancientforestalliance.org/donations.php and see more of TJ’s work here: tjwatt.com

This is a beautiful location on the South end of Buttle Lake in Strathcona Provincial Park. One could spend all day composing the setting. I’ll definitely be going back.

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

The small silver Pacific Herring (Clupea pallasii) is considered a foundation species for the B.C. coast because of the contribution it makes as an ecosystem driver for both the marine and terrestrial realms. In early spring, the annual herring spawn provides a rush of nutrients at a critical time of year to a plethora of wildlife, including seabirds, marine mammals, wolves and bears. Herring may spawn up to ten times in their lives…. 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.  

…on Vancouver Island and still more in the forecast. This certainly is different!

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

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.