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The pleasant harbourside village of Sooke on southern Vancouver Island provides a tranquil refuge from the bustle of city life.

Sooke enjoys a relaxed, casual lifestyle in a rural setting that also affords many of the amenities of city life.

For centuries, this area was a thriving Coast Salish settlement.

The T’sou-ke peoples lived alongside a salmon river and within a sheltered harbor, an area where seafood was in abundance along the seashore, and game, roots and berries were harvested in the forests.

The name T’sou-ke is said to be that of a stickle back fish found at the mouth of the Sooke River.

The T’sou-ke First nation proudly created a valuable and lasting legacy that continues to enrich the community to this day.

Sooke enjoys some of the mildest climate in western Canada, with warm and dry summer months, and wet and mild winter months.

 Sooke’s unspoiled beaches, meandering…

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Juan de Fuca Provincial Park is located near the community of Port Renfrew and north of the community of Sooke on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

 The rainforest and waterfront park is 1,528 hectares of forested hiking trails, rocky cliffs and sandy beaches.


The wilderness park is separated into four sections – China Beach, the Juan de Fuca Marine Hiking Trail, Sombrio Beach and Botanical Beach.

All are top notch sightseeing and adventure destinations creating opportunities for various outdoor adventures.

Some of the activities enjoyed in the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park include hiking, backpacking, swimming, beachcombing, picnicking, sightseeing, wildlife watching and wilderness camping.

China Beach and Sombrio Beach are day use areas located in the park.

 Plenty of opportunity for beautiful marine scenery and… possibly, a wildlife sighting.

There are picnic areas and pit toilets.

The beaches are covered in sand and…

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The Englishman River Falls Trail is located  near

 Parksville in the

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park,

whichO ffers good hiking on a one-hour loop trail that

follows both sides of the river canyon and crosses

the Englishman River twice.

The upper falls are very spectacular, as is the upper

 bridge that crosses high above them.


 Following the loop trail to the bottom of the canyon

provides hikers with an opportunity to sit on rocks,

swim if it’s warm water or observe spawning

salmon in the fall.


From Parksville, take Highway 4 for about 5 km and

turn left onto Errington Road (signposted).


 Another 8 km will bring you to the parking lot.

Click for companies that offer Hiking & Backpacking

services, or visit our Recreation section for more

 information on Hiking and Backpacking in

British Columbia.

 Trail information for Vancouver Island is provided


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Desolation Sound Marine Park possesses

 a magical magnetism that draws boaters

 and paddlers from distant shores.

Most of those who arrive aboard ‘stinkpots’

tend to congregate in popular anchorages,

such as Prideaux Haven, Tenedos Bay, and

 Grace Harbour, much as ‘fifth-wheelers’

converge on RV parks. Be a little more imaginative

and you’ll find plenty of isolated bays and campsites

throughout Desolation Sound’s more than 37 miles

(60 km) of coastline.

Safe anchorages in Desolation Sound Marine Park,

at the confluence of Malaspina Inlet and Homfray

Channel, include:

Grace Harbour
A long and narrow sheltered bay located on Gifford

Peninsula in Malaspina Inlet. The inner part of Grace

Harbour is completely protected from all winds

 and seas.

There are a few wilderness camping spots at the end

of the bay, and a series of hiking trails.

Follow the trail at the northern end of the harbour

to a small, peaceful…

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A pretty seaside community located in a narrow
inlet  and surrounded by smooth, pebbled beaches,
 Maple Bay  is one of the finest natural harbours on
 the West Coast,  and bustles with marine activity
 all year round.
The sheltered haven of Maple Bay is situated halfway
 up Sansum Narrows, and separates Vancouver Island
 from Saltspring Island, the largest and nearest of the
 southern Gulf Islands.
Location: Maple Bay is located in the Cowichan Valley
of southern Vancouver Island, only 10 minutes
 from Duncan
For panoramic views of Maple Bay and beyond, take
to the trails in Maple Mountain Centennial Park.
 The park offers a wide range of trails for walkers and
 hikers, and range from 70 to 140 minutes.
 The Green Trail is easiest, the Orange Trail has a
somewhat steep and rocky first half but then becomes
 an easy walk, and the Blue Trail has the best views but
 is very steep…

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Some sections of the Kicking Horse River are

 navigable by canoe and kayak.

 Stop at the Visitor Centre for assistance.

 Canoe and boat rentals are available at Emerald


 Power boats are not permitted on park waters.

Fishing is permitted in the Kicking Horse River

 year-round from the confluence of the Kicking

Horse and Yoho Rivers to the west park boundary

 below Wapta Falls.

 Check the current “Fishing Regulations Summary”.

 A National Park Fishing Permit is required.

 Mountain bikes are allowed only on designated trails

in Yoho.

Designated trails includes these fire roads: Kicking

 Horse, Amiskwi, Otterhead, Ottertail, Ice River.

Check the Backcountry Guide to Yoho National

Park, for specific details.

Off trail bicycling and cycling on the O’Hara fire

 road is prohibited.

Mountaineering and Climbing route descriptions

and photos are available at the Visitor Centre.

 Anyone wishing to climb Mt. Stephen or travel

 through Dennis or Duchesnay passes must first

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Paul Harder Bronze Scultor


Paul Harder is a bronze sculptor with a love of creatures small and large.
His experience as an ecologist has led to his fascination with fish, marine creatures, reptiles, birds and mammals.
His current focus is on the diverse and magnificent wildlife of British Columbia.
Have a look at what`s new on Paul’s blog.
Tel: 250-656-7783 • Email:
612 Downey Road, North Saanich, BC, V8L 5M6
Paul has taken his love of the wilderness and his many work and travel experiences
and developed a new career as an impassioned bronze sculptor.
He has been drawn to a diverse array of creatures and has been continually
adding to the sculpture garden around his studio in North Saanich, BC.
Recent Examples
Some recent examples of west coast inspired bronze sculptures include
the Timber Wolf, Cougar, Grizzly Bear, Great Blue Heron, Great Horned Owl,
Oyster Catchers, Tufted…


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Exploring Lake O Hara

High peaks, cirques and rock basin lakes, alpine larch

 stands, rock lichens, alpine plants — this is the

Lake O’Hara Valley.

 These special features attract many visitors who wish

 to experience the area’s unique beauty; however, the

 area’s fragile alpine environment is susceptible to damage

 from overuse.

 A quota helps minimize impact and supports a quality

 wilderness experience.

Lake O’Hara Campground is 7 miles (11 km) up the

 Lake O’Hara Road from Hwy 1 on the east side of Spiral

 Tunnels, followed by an 8-mile (13-km) hiking trail.

If you’d rather not walk in, you can access this

 campground  by bus.

 Reservations are required to take the bus to Lake O’Hara

for day use and camping.

 The bus operates from June 17 through September 30,

plus reduced bus schedules from October 1 through

 October 5.

To protect this sensitive alpine area, a quota system limits

 the number…

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Yoho National Park on the British Columbia/

Alberta border is home to waterfalls, glacial lakes,

snow-topped mountain peaks, roaring rivers, deep silent

 forests, and spiral tunnels inside the mountains.

Through erosion, nature has carved some of the most

 dramatic landscapes in the country.

 See the natural rock bridge spanning the Kicking

 Horse River, and visit the Kicking Horse Pass

National  Historic Site.

 See the Hoodoos, immense boulders balanced atop tall

pillars of glacial till.

By the time Hwy 1 reaches the park’s headquarters in

 Field, a distance of about 18.5 miles (30 km), the tone

of the landscape shifts to one of glaciated Rocky

 Mountain peaks.

 The east gate of the park is at the British Columbia-

Alberta  border on the Continental Divide.

Total distance between the two gates is about

30 miles.

 About 1.5 miles (2.5 km) west of Field, Emerald

Lake Road leads north from Hwy 1 to the parking

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