Gnarled Giant

Gnarled Giant

A hiker passes beneath an gnarled old red cedar tree on the West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island, BC

Tsusiat Falls

Tsusiat Falls

Tsusiat Falls, located just meters from the ocean, on the west coast trail.

Curious Eagle

Curious Eagle

A bald eagle keeps a watchful eye on the kayakers passing below, Nootka Island, BC.

A Perfect Reflection

A Perfect Reflection

A still afternoon in Little Espinosa Inlet on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Stand Your Ground

Stand Your Ground

A dungeness crab stands his ground, after being caught without a place to hide along the West Coast Trail.

Intertidal Buffet

Intertidal Buffet

A small black bear searches for a meal in the intertidal zone along  Johnstone Strait.

Deer at Dusk

Deer at Dusk

A black tailed deer seen at dusk in the Nachatlitz Marine Park.

Bull Kelp Tangle

Bull Kelp Tangle

A piece of bull kelp washed ashore at Tofino, BC.

Glassy Calm

Glassy Calm

A glassy, calm morning in Clayquot Sound, BC

Dawn Peeks Through

Dawn Peeks Through

The morning sunlight peeks through the clouds in Clayoquot Sound, BC.

Clayoquot Morning

Clayoquot Morning

The remnants of a camp fire on a foggy morning in Clayoquot Sound, BC.

Clayoquot Beach

Clayoquot Beach

A freshwater creek cuts through a long intertidal beach in Clayoquot Sound.

Chicken of the Woods

Chicken of the Woods

Chicken of the Woods mushrooms grow rapidly to huge sizes in the early fall, in the old growth forests of Meares Island, BC.

Sandpiper's Dance

Sandpiper's Dance

Sandpipers dance along Chesterman Beach after a storm at Tofino, BC.

Lush Forest

Lush Forest

The view from Radar Hill near Tofino shows the incredibly lush forests of Clayoquot Sound.

Medalian Treasure

Medalian Treasure

A sand dollar on Medalian Beach, Vargas Island.

Fierce Sea

Fierce Sea

A fierce sea after a storm in Tofino BC.

Golden Light

Golden Light

The setting sun lights up the shoreline in Clayoquot Sound.

Little Espinosa Inlet Reflected

Little Espinosa Inlet Reflected

The golden rock weeds that line the shore, light up the glassy calm reflection of Little Espinosa Inlet.

Mound Island Camp

Mound Island Camp

Kayaks at camp on Mound Island in the Broughton Archipelago.

Dawn on Mound Island

Dawn on Mound Island

Dawn from Mound Island in the Broughton Archipelago.

Potholes in Sandstone

Potholes in Sandstone

A sandstone riverbed that has slowly eroded over time is full of beautiful potholes.

Johnstone Strait View

Johnstone Strait View

Kayakers watching Orca in Johnstone Strait

Gnarled Perch

Gnarled Perch

Two bald eagles perched in a knarled snag along the shoreline of Nootka Island.

Stonecrop Flower

Stonecrop Flower

Oregon stonecrop grows along the rocky shoreline of Nooka Island.

Nuchatlitz Dusk

Nuchatlitz Dusk

Sunset from Island "44" in the Nuchallitz Marine Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Window into Owen Point

Window into Owen Point

The moss covered caves of Owen Point seen through an opening in the sandstone cliffs.

Bonilla Point

Bonilla Point

A sandstone shelf lines the shoreline at Bonilla Point on the West Coast Trail.

The Carmanah Giant

The Carmanah Giant

This Carmanah Giant is a 400-year old Sitka spruce that measures 9.4m around and 95m tall - the tallest tree in Canada, and thought to be the tallest Sitka spruce in the world.

Sandstone Landscape

Sandstone Landscape

The tidal shelf at Carman Point.

The Way Up

The Way Up

One of 70 ladders along the 75km West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island.

Beach Walk

Beach Walk

Extensive beaches in Ahoust Bay on Vargus Island, BC.

Clayoquot Sound from Above

Clayoquot Sound from Above

Chesterman Beach and Meares Island in Clayoquot Sound.

Vargas Beaches

Vargas Beaches

The north end of Vargas Island in Clayoquot Sound

Autumn Path

Autumn Path

A hiking trail winds through the autumn colors of Cathedral Grove, a small stand of old growth trees in central Vancouver Island.

Tofino Sunset

Tofino Sunset

Sunset on Mackenzie Beach near Tofino, BC.

Waters Path

Waters Path

Patterns in the sand as rainfall cuts through the sandy beaches of Clayoquot Sound.

Beach Debris

Beach Debris

Bull kelp and eel grass wash up on Vargas Island in Clayoquot Sound.

Maple Leaf Sun Star

Maple Leaf Sun Star

The sun shines through the big leaf maples in Cathedral Grove.

Looking Down

Looking Down

Two bald eagles look down from their perch high in a tree.

Friendly Visitor

Friendly Visitor

A harbour seal watches us as we launch our kayaks from Mound Island in Johnstone Strait.

Dawn in Johnstone Strait

Dawn in Johnstone Strait

Looking east at dawn in Johnstone Strait, BC.

Kayaker's Camp

Kayaker's Camp

Kayakers set up camp at Pine Beach in Johnsone Strait.

Away He Goes

Away He Goes

A black bear moves along the shoreline of West Cracoft Island.

Mom & Pup

Mom & Pup

A mother seal and her pup swim though the bull kelp beds of Johnstone Strait.

Barnacles Home

Barnacles Home

Acorn Barnacles live at the very top of the intertidal zone in Johnstone Strait.

Red Urchine

Red Urchine

Red urchine exposed at low tide in Johnstone Strait.

Gulls Gather

Gulls Gather

Seagulls resting on driftood in Johnstone Strait, BC.

Cracroft Camp

Cracroft Camp

Looking west from camp at West Cracroft Island.

Mom & Pup

Mom & Pup

Harbour seals sun themselves in the Sophia Islands of Johnstone Strait.

Beach Grass

Beach Grass

Beach grass lines the shore of West Cracroft

Setting Sun

Setting Sun

Sunset in Johnstone Strait from West Cracoft Island.

Orange Sky

Orange Sky

The setting sun turns the sky bright orange, from Pigs Ranch on West Cracroft Island. 

West Cracoft Campfire

West Cracoft Campfire

A campfire at sunset on West Cracoft Island in Johnstone Strait, BC.

I Pod

I Pod

The I pod of Northern Resident Orcas travel east in Johnstone Strait.

Dusk on Johnstone Strait

Dusk on Johnstone Strait

Camp at Naka Creek looking out on Johnstone Strait.

Otter Looks On

Otter Looks On

A sea otter looks up at a passing boat in the Nuchatlitz Marine Park

Nootka Coastline

Nootka Coastline

The shoreline of Nuchatlitz Inlet on Nootka Island.

Sunset from Island 44

Sunset from Island 44

Sunset on Vancouver Island's west coast.

Nootka Lighthouse

Nootka Lighthouse

A field and the Nookta Lighthouse at Friendly Cove on Nootka Island.

Sea Otter

Sea Otter

A sea otter floats on it's back in Nootka Sound, near the location where Captain Cook first landed in BC.

Free Meal?

Free Meal?

A group of crows follows a black bear in hopes of finding some scraps in Espanosa Inlet.

Enormous Mushroom

Enormous Mushroom

A chicken of the woods mushroom grows on drifwood in the Nuchatlitz marine park.

Stonecrop

Stonecrop

Oregon Stonecrop in a commonly found above the tidal zone in the Nuchalitz Marine Park.

Fireweed Flower

Fireweed Flower

Fireweed is a common plant that decorates an area after a fire.

Morning Light

Morning Light

The morning sun lights the termperate rainforest of Nooka Island.

Morning Light

Morning Light

The morning sun lights the landscape of Nootka Island.

Coastal Dawn

Coastal Dawn

The shoreline in the morning light at Esperonza Inlet.

Beach Grass

Beach Grass

Beach Grass is lit up by the late day sun in Little Espinosa Inlet.

Hungry Bear

Hungry Bear

A black bear looking for a meal on the shoreline of Espinosa Inlet on Vancouver Island, BC.

Black Bear Sees You

Black Bear Sees You

A black bear looking for meal in the intertidal zone, looks up to try and see the kayaker that he can smell nearby.

Shore Pines of Nootka Island

Shore Pines of Nootka Island

The pines which line the shore of Esperanza Island are silhouetted in the morning light.

Nuchaltitz Marine Park

Nuchaltitz Marine Park

The Nuchatlitz Marine Park hosts a large population of sea otters who thrive on these high energy kelp beds.

Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge

A tree hangs over a small stream along the West Coast Trail.

West Coast Bridge

West Coast Bridge

One of the 130 bridges along the 75 km West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island.

Sandstone Cliffs

Sandstone Cliffs

Patterns in the sandstone cliffs along the West Coast Trail are created when errosion exposes the air pockets that were present when the sandstone cemented.

Sandstone Creek Bed

Sandstone Creek Bed

The creekbed of Sandstone Creek is filled with potholes erroded over many years.

Soaring Eagle

Soaring Eagle

A bald eagle soars over the intertidal bench that lines much of the west coast trail.

Tidal Shelf of Bonilla Point

Tidal Shelf of Bonilla Point

Sea weed decorates the sandstone shelf at Bonilla Point on the West Coast Trail

Carmana Beach at Dusk

Carmana Beach at Dusk

The fire pit at dusk at the Carmana River.

Goose Neck Pattern

Goose Neck Pattern

Goose neck barnacles cover the intertidal region in areas prone to high energy surf and seas.

Dig In

Dig In

An Ochre Star holds tight to the circular holes left in the sandstone by the urchines, who make their homes there.

Sea Palm Holds fast

Sea Palm Holds fast

A sea palm clings to the intertidal zone along high energy coastline of Vancouver Island.

Feathered Boa

Feathered Boa

Feathered Boa Seaweed lines the shoreline on the West Coast Trail.

Rich Ecosystem

Rich Ecosystem

Ochre sea stars and goose neck barnacles cling to the intertidal rock walls.

Sandstone Shelf at Cribs Beach

Sandstone Shelf at Cribs Beach

The sandstone shelf at Cribs Beach at low tide.

Cribs Beach

Cribs Beach

Waves crash along the sandy beach at Cribs Beach.

Dusk at the Cribs Lagoon

Dusk at the Cribs Lagoon

Water pours over the sandstone bench as the tide comes in at Cribs beach on the west coast trail.

A Solitary Walk

A Solitary Walk

A lone hiker travels along one of the many beach sections on the West Coast Trail.

The Beach at Tsusiat Falls

The Beach at Tsusiat Falls

Tsusiat Falls, just meters from the ocean on the west coast trail.

Lush Hillside Path

Lush Hillside Path

The West Coast Trail winds along a lush coastal hillside.

Lush Gully

Lush Gully

The West Coast Trails climbs out from Tsusiat Falls through in incredibly lush, fern covered hillside.

The West Coast Trail

The West Coast Trail

A banana slug tackles the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, BC.

Tsocowis Canyon

Tsocowis Canyon

Tsocowis Creek forms a small water fall in a lush canyon along it's route.

Tsocowis Beach

Tsocowis Beach

Waves crash onto the shoreline of Tsocowis Beach on the west coast trail.

Lush Coastline

Lush Coastline

Life covers every inch of coastline on Canada's West Coast Trail.

Hiker's Shelter

Hiker's Shelter

Hunkered under a tarp at Michigan Beach on the West Coast Trail.

Tidal Shelf

Tidal Shelf

A tidal swell swirls around the rocky shelf at Michigan Beach.