I had been reading The Wild Coast series by John Kimantas since I’ve started living in Vancouver, hoping that one day, I too will dip my paddle along the untamed BC coast. Years later, I was still an armchair paddler, having spent only a few weeks on the water. In the summer of 2012, when my contract with my employer was about to expire, I knew that this is the time I’ve been waiting for. People reacted quite differently when my plans began to unfold. I didn’t tell anyone exactly where I was going. Probably because I didn’t know it myself. Initially, I was thinking to take on a southbound journey starting from as far north as I can, maybe from Prince Rupert and to follow the inside passage down to Vancouver… One day someone mentioned Haida Gwaii and that’s when I knew where I wanted to be.
Now as I sit down to write about it, it feels like whatever I put down on paper, I will never be able to convey how it is to be there — not that I ever think it is possible.
I spent six weeks in Haida Gwaii during the months of June and July; paddling, hiking, driving or otherwise doing “nothing”. I experienced all kinds of weather, witnessed amazing wild life and met wonderful people.
SPOT tracking marks are here (dates June 8 – July 20, 2012).
And here is a set of pictures from the trip.