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A Whale of a Surprise

We started out from Minstrel Island heading west toward Johnstone Strait in search of marine mammals, most notably, orca.  It was another calm morning with marine clouds hanging low over the inlets. We passed a lot of fish farms where Atlantic... Continue Reading →

Nootka Island Day Cruise

On a cool, gray morning in Gold River, BC, we boarded the MV UChuck III with about 75 other passengers.  The MV UChuck III is a working boat that makes regular deliveries to the islands off of the west coast... Continue Reading →

Looking for Grizzlies along the Kakweikan River

After a breakfast that included fresh, local blueberries, Rob and I joined our guide to boat across Knight Inlet to Thompson Sound.  Our destination is Trapper Rick’s cabin on the Kakweikan River where we hope to watch grizzly bears fishing. ... Continue Reading →

Minstrel Island, British Columbia

After our first plane was towed into the hangar for repairs and the second plane was gassed up, we boarded our plane in Campbell River, BC. We flew about 45 minutes northwest over the archipelago of small islands that mark... Continue Reading →

How Many Bears are in that Pile?

We’d been watching several grizzly bears with cubs gorging on sedges near the water’s edge in Glendale Cove.  There were also a couple of single adult bears foraging further back from the water, mid-way to the tree line in the... Continue Reading →

Living Like Birds in British Columbia (Free Spirit Spheres)

The spheres remind me of my gourd birdhouses.  I had come across this unique place at some point and made a mental note to look into it when I planned our Vancouver Island trip.  It is everything you’d expect an... Continue Reading →

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