Canada's West Coast
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The distinctive peeling bark on the trunk of an arbutus tree. Towering Sitka spruce trees. Migrating sandpipers in Clayoquot Sound. A grizzly bear feeding on pink salmon near Knight Inlet Lodge. Chris Cheadle walked the streams of the rainforests, kayaked to remote beaches, sailed the inlets, explored the islands and listened to the wisdom of First Nations elders to capture the images in this book, which depict the west coast of British Columbia in all its glory.
between Chesterman Beach near Tofino and Florencia Bay to the south, features sweeping, sand beaches. Tidal pools at the base of rocky headlands teem with sea creatures, to the delight of young and old. The diverse inlets, islands, mud flats and exposed beaches of Clayoquot Sound near Tofino were designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 2000. At Amphitrite Point lighthouse in Ucluelet, the Wild Pacific Trail, created in 1999, offers stun- ning vistas of the sea. The harbour is the gateway to
Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands. This wonderful kayaking and yachting haven of more than 100 islands enables boaters to ease their way from the sheltered inside islands to the wave-buffeted shores favoured by colonies of sea lions and pods of gray whales. The MV Lady Rose, operating out of Port Alberni, drops off paddling groups at a float at Gibraltar Island. This ship also stops at Bamfield, a historic boardwalk community that serves as the other main departure point to Barkley
1930s. Today that number has increased to more than 8,000 members. n above Ahous Bay sunset, Vargas Island, Clayoquot Sound ≈ 39 ≈ above Combers Beach, Green Point and Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve opposite Lennard Island lighthouse, Chesterman’s Beach and Meares Island, near Tofino page 40 Salal growing from a weathered log, Vargas Island above Caption for photo page 41 tide at MacKenzie Beach, Tofino opposite Caption forLow photo ≈ 41 ≈ above Misty sunrise over small
the risks posed by such a menace. Nonetheless, mariners are relieved to see Cape Calvert to their port side as they approach Safety Cove, on the leeward shores of Calvert Island. For most, the remainder of the journey north is along the sheltered Inside Passage waterway to Prince Rupert. This marine highway not only serves the British Columbia coast, but also connects Alaska to Puget Sound in Washington. Alaskan and BC ferries share the shipping lanes with giant cruise ships, freighters,
the coast, springing up in remote inlets close to the rich fishing grounds. In Port Edward, south of Prince Rupert, North Pacific Cannery welcomes visitors to see displays of restored canning facilities in this once-thriving operation. Early logging operators, who supplied wood to the canneries and other markets, also established their presence in the isolated inlets. With the coastal forests growing down to the edge of the steep-sided shorelines, loggers were able to slide felled trees to the