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Parkinson Creek Trailhead Hike – Juan de Fuca Trail

All photos taken May 19, 2022. The day was gorgeous but cool and we knew the forest and trails would be wet and muddy, but we set off to hike parts of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail anyway. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a rugged 47 kilometres (29 mi) wilderness hiking trail located within Juan deContinue reading “Parkinson Creek Trailhead Hike – Juan de Fuca Trail”

Down by the Water

All photos taken on May 19, 2022. On the previous rainy morning, we had walked down to Port San Juan and Pacific Gateway Marina, to get the lay of the land and the view from there. It was raining then, so we cut the visit short and did not spot the path down to theContinue reading “Down by the Water”

A Better Morning

All photos taken on May 19, 2022. The weather forecast for today held great promise, mostly sunny, albeit still cool, with lighter winds. It would be a good day for hiking, but the forest would still be very wet. We enjoyed our coffee and watched the inlet greet the day. A Better Morning © MistContinue reading “A Better Morning”

Botanical Beach

All photos taken on May 18, 2022. Given we had a power outage and could do little in the cottage, we opted to complete our hike from the previous day and stop at Botanical Beach. There ought to be some real rough seas this day. We stopped briefly at the Wild Renfrew office and theyContinue reading “Botanical Beach”


All photos taken on May 18, 2022. This was the predicted rainy day on the West Coast of Vancouver Island and throughout the Island itself. Couple that with high winds and you have a recipe for disaster, for sure. Up early (can’t break this habit), I made coffee and settled down to check E-mails andContinue reading “Em-Powered”

Port Renfrew Wander

All photos taken on May 17, 2022. Port Renfrew is a small unincorporated community located on the south shore of Port San Juan, an inlet on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Port Renfrew has a population of 144 (as of the 2016 Canadian census)[and has been touted as “the Tall Tree Capital of Canada”. Port Renfrew has been the home of First Nations sinceContinue reading “Port Renfrew Wander”

The Avatar Apparition

All photos taken on May 17, 2022. Sometimes, an idea sounds better in your mind, than when you actually put it in motion. Just such an idea was driving to Avatar Grove, a mere 12 km away from our cottage. After our morning hike and a bit of lunch, we set off by car toContinue reading “The Avatar Apparition”

Botany Bay 2 – Surf`s Up

All photos taken on May 17, 2022. After a bit more walking, we popped back out on the coast, thinking we were on Botanical Beach. It was only later that we learned this was just another opening to Botany Bay. No worries, we can sit and ponder a bit more. The wind was up andContinue reading “Botany Bay 2 – Surf`s Up”

Botany Bay 1 – On the Rocks

All photos taken on May 17, 2022. Along the Botanic Loop walk, there are several short paths off to the ocean shore, where you can explore. As land-locked Albertans, every chance we get to sit and contemplate the vastness of the ocean, we jump at it. As this is a Provincial Park and conservation area,Continue reading “Botany Bay 1 – On the Rocks”

Botanical Loop Trail

All photos taken May 17, 2022. One reason to be situated in Port Renfrew was so we could take time to hike and explore along the many coastal trails in the area. Our first stop, once we got moving, was Juan de Fuca Provincial Park and the short Botanical Loop Trail. This 2.9-km loop trailContinue reading “Botanical Loop Trail”