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Welcome to Vancouver Island and coastal B.C.

The Pacific Northwest is one of those magical places filled with giant trees and falling water…. a place of endless solitude, a place of mists, a place of wonder. Our mountains and valleys, rivers and lakes, forests and waterfalls, and communities that are dotted along the coast are just waiting to be explored by you.

So, what are you waiting for, strap on your hiking boots, take a step out your door, put your feet on a path and you’ll be well on your way to a great adventure! The Pacific Northwest has much to offer those who love the outdoors! So come see for yourself.

A natural fallen giant Western Red Cedar in the Carmanah Valley on Vancouver Island, there are many giant Red Cedars in the Pacific Northwest
Natural Fallen Giant Western Red Cedar, Carmanah Valley, Vancouver Island, Photo By Bud Logan

There are wonderful lakes, rivers, and campgrounds that readily await your use. Gaining access to these areas is (for the most part) very easy – there are many logging roads open to the public, but please drive carefully, as many of these are active logging roads.

 The pacific northwest offers many opportunities for outdoor adventure! You can go kayaking, white river rafting, whale watching, mountain biking, hiking, spelunking, skiing, canoeing and so much more. The adventure of a lifetime is just waiting for you.

Spawning Pink Salmon in the Quinsam River on Vancouver Island, BC, Pink Salmon are a common fish in the Pacific Northwest
Pink Salmon, Quinsam River. Photo By Bud Logan

All 5 species of Pacific salmon migrate along the coast and spawn in the many rivers and streams that flow down to the sea. Grizzly bears, Black bears, and the sea wolf all come down to the rivers to gorge on this feast as they get ready to settle in for winter. This is a vital component of the forest. These large animals carry fish away from the stream and into the forest where they can enjoy eating at a slower pace, the sea wolves also feed on salmon but will only eat the brains from these fish as the rest of the salmon has an element in it that can harm the wolf. After the fish has been chewed upon, the animal will leave the remains, this is quickly broken down by various smaller animals and insects until it is finally absorbed into the land. This quite effectively feeds the land. Just walk down a river where there is a healthy run of salmon, you will see how vibrant the growth is. Then take a walk along the banks of a stream where the salmon runs have been destroyed, you will see what l mean.

I wrote a short poem in honor of the returning salmon, its called Salmon.

Salmon

Swimmer, your journey’s end is close at hand,

And l thank you.

For with your passing, you feed the land.

 

Killer Whales are also known as Orcas, they are a common animal of the Pacific Northwest waters
Killer Whale, Photo By Wayne Wright

The waters along the Pacific Northwest coast abound with wildlife. Experience an exciting whale watching or grizzly viewing adventure, and encounter pacific gray whales migrating along the outer coast or see humpback and killer whales in the inland waters. Thrilling tours can be arranged in most of the small towns that dot the coast and outer islands. 

Bald Eagle, Pacific Northwest, Photo By Robert Logan
Eagle, Photo By Robert Logan

Over a million birds travel the Pacific Flyway, and many more live here year-round. Birding enthusiasts, photographers & the like, eagerly travel here to see the wonders of the avian world.

On Vancouver Island you will find the endangered Vancouver Island marmot,  they number less than 200  in total. These little marmots are awesome to watch. The Island is home to several wild animals not seen anywhere else in the world! For instance, the Roosevelt elk are unique to this area. They are two of our island’s rare & incredibly beautiful animals. Marmots are found in high elevations, and Roosevelt elk can be seen on most parts of the Island. You could see the Vancouver Island wolverine, although one has not been seen for a number of years now, l still hold out hope that they are still located deep in the mountains and just not seen.

Chanterelle Mushroom, pacific northwest, Photo By Robert Logan
Chanterelle Mushroom, Photo By Robert Logan

We always enjoy finding chanterelle, pine or morel mushrooms in spring to take home to the frying pan. There’s always something to look forward to! Other varieties have more deadly qualities that are sought out by dark souls and yet others have hallucinogenic properties that shamans, healers and more recently recreational drug users have sought out with enthusiasm.

 

Kusam Trail, photo by Bud Logan
Kusam Trail, photo by Bud Logan

Whether you are to here visit our parks or view our numerous waterfalls, hike on our mountain trails,  hunt for edible mushrooms & plants, go on bear & whale tours, or kayak with the seals, the coast has the adventure you are looking for.

Given our many spectacular rivers, lakes, valleys, mountains,  inlets, and bays, along with our small population, you can see why so many outdoor enthusiasts choose to come back again and again!

So, take a cruise through the site, and discover the many phenomenal things the Pacific Northwest coastal region has to offer. Pick your adventure and head out to be amazed.

9 thoughts on “”

  1. Hi Bud,
    My younger brothers hike and bike. Have done most of Transcanada trail. Also a friend who has done the Camino.
    We were wondering where the Vancouver Island trail is going.

    1. Hi Betty. The Vancouver Island Trail runs from Victoria up the center of the island to Shusharti Bay just north of Port Hardy, where it joins up with the north coast trail and continues to San Josef Bay. It is 874 km long. I am walking the whole trail next summer.

  2. Great site! The mushroom info is plain and simple and I can readily know what I would be looking for. Mushroom books confuse me…. is it or isn’t it?
    I was in the Crossroads for supper and GoHiking has a ‘paper?’ with canoe routes and trails. Where would I find one?

    1. Thanks, not sure what paper you are referring too, there is a map put out by Katherine Temple, she owns the gocampbellriver.com site, she also has a gohiking page on facebook. Glad you like the site, big improvements are happening to it as we speak.

      1. Thanks, not sure what paper you are referring too, there is a map put out by Katherine Temple, she owns the gocampbellriver.com site, she also has a gohiking page on facebook. Glad you like my site, big improvements are happening to it as we speak.

  3. Hi Bud
    Thank you for your time yesterday teaching us about edible and medicinal plants
    I have been in the interior for a while now and plan on spending the summer here fishing up in Port Alice. I was wondering if you happen to have some contact info for Susan who was with us yesterday as I have an aluminum welding job to do on my boat and she mentioned that her son builds aluminum boats.
    If you travel up to Port Alice this summer please contact me and we can do some fishing
    thank you and enjoy the day
    Reg

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