Those words bring to mind so many powerful feelings. Panoramas dominated by the the coastal mountains of Northwest Vancouver Island and the mighty Pacific Ocean. The past echoes and the present beat of First Nations peoples continues to resonate. Still great stands of Cedars, teetering on the edge of rocky cliffs, sentinels announcing this remote and remarkable collection of islands, creatures and vibrant sea states all making up the surroundings of Spring Island.
Listen to the panoply of wave sounds in all their many temperaments, be it a lapping ebb tide on sand, a big clean swell, or a breaking behemoth. The past and future surge, like the tides, with environmental change and the beat of history. Heavy breathing from behind you as you are paddling along, could be a grey seal has that has decided to follow you! Or? Spouts of water shooting up into the sky nearby! What kind of whale is that?
Check out those cheeky rafts of sea otters, recently re-introduced to their native habitat, and learn about this complex history! We love to watch them roll and dive into the waves, coming up with a oyster and a rock, beating it on their chests to have a snack. The curious little creatures are often seen climbing onto each others backs to get a better look at you!
Bull Kelp beds are reviving in the area and funny little crabs, among other creatures, live on and in this microcosm. Endless and gargantuan logs and root balls on the beaches wait for you to explore. Pretty tiny shells, large purple starfish, orange starfish, sun stars, and the colorful smaller bat stars, big tides. Leaping salmon, and soaring, then diving bald eagles dance their eternal ritual of survival. Watch immature young eaglets daring to let loose on their first hesitant soarings across their future domain.
We have found that one of the best ways to enjoy this area is to take advantage of the eco-conscious hospitality of Spring Island's only summer inhabitants, West Coast Expeditions, a unique environmentally focused recreational kayaking company, run day to day by Dave Pinel, Caroline Fisher and their son Morgan, as well as their talented team of experienced guides.
Stunning sunrises and sunsets, remote outer island hospitality, fantastic and healthy meals, and hot showers! Settle down at night in your cozy tent on a platform. Evening camp fires, leisurely walks in the forest, with knowledgable marine experts available to explain the world they love. Check out this link to see some other photos of Spring Island. http://www.kayakways.net/gallery/photos/spring-island-west-coast-expeditions/
Let WCE serve as base camp to punch out beyond the Mission Group to Brooks Peninsula if you feeling strong and confident.
Highly recommended, and, coincidentally, you can join us there, as we team up with WCE to offer traditional paddling and rolling sessions on the remote and wild outer islands of Vancouver Island.
Check out their website! Let West Coast Expeditions inspire you to experience the best that this wonderful area of the Canada has to offer! Perhaps it will also inspire you to visit with us, there, in late August this year?, Or at least to visit them at any point in the season that you can tear yourself away from your day to day life?