A Wild and Windswept Place: Brooks Peninsula by Dinghy, Part 1

Ancient Cedars, puffins, sea lion colonies, alpine lakes and the juiciest wild berries I have ever seen – The Brooks Peninsula is an enormous un-developed, un-logged, roadless and nearly trail-less hunk of Pacific Northwest rainforest and mountains thrusting out to sea off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. After we visited it’s southern side on … More A Wild and Windswept Place: Brooks Peninsula by Dinghy, Part 1

Around Vancouver Island part 8: Vargas Island, Tsunami Debris, and the Journey Home

The islands at the mouth of Clayoquot Sound are certainly more well known than some of the other areas we visited, and in the summer have a consistent traffic of whale watching boats and float planes humming overhead. They are still, however, strikingly unaltered and beautiful with their impossibly long stretches of windswept sand, giant … More Around Vancouver Island part 8: Vargas Island, Tsunami Debris, and the Journey Home

Round Vancouver Island part 6: Caves, shipwrecks, storms and waves

After leaving the Tatchu peninsula, we continued to make our way south down the coast towards Nootka island, through thick wet fog. The fog was disorientating, obscuring the horizon and all the landscape, leaving you in a shifting, rolling world of confused waves and white nothingness. We quickly grew tired of swaying and bobbing through … More Round Vancouver Island part 6: Caves, shipwrecks, storms and waves

Around Vancouver Island part 4: Brooks Peninsula and Our First Beach Clean-Up

Here we are sitting inside to have a break from the hot sun of the past few days. Jonty is frying up some Lingcod for dinner, and a warm wind is whistling down off the mountains of the Brooks Peninsula over our boat bobbing in Columbia Cove. We weren’t sure if we would be sailing … More Around Vancouver Island part 4: Brooks Peninsula and Our First Beach Clean-Up