Sea Kayaking with BeccaAn excellent way to slow down and see more of Berry Island is to take a sea kayak trip in one of our comfortable double kayaks. Being able to experience the area from a different perspective is a wonderful way to learn more about this delicate ecosystem. The slower pace brings peace and quiet as well as a chance to explore the intertidal zone in more detail. One of our kayak guides, Becca, tells us why this is her favourite way to get even closer to nature and experience the Broughton Archipelago at its best.
“Hailing from London in the UK, the words 'sea kayaking' and even 'the ocean' weren’t really part of my daily vocabulary. However, last year, my innate love of the sea encouraged me to leave the city behind for an adventure in the Canadian wilderness. When I arrived in the Broughton Archipelago I immediately wanted to see it all; from popping my head just behind the tree line to scaling the highest point of each island just in case the view was slightly different. While the crew boats are comfortable, fast and have allowed me to see so much of the area there is something extra special about slowing down that makes you appreciate where you are.
Each trip around Berry Island has brought with it new experiences, whether that has been a close encounter with a sea lion or an exceptionally talented guest playing bull kelp like an instrument (seriously)!
One particular trip that has stayed with me was a morning in the summer in which myself and Marlie took a group of guests for a paddle around the island. As we left the lodge the fog was so thick we couldn't even see the other side of the harbour! Yet as we headed toward the back of the island the sun started to burn through, revealing the most beautiful of mornings. The thin fog seemed to be floating on the surface of the water and everything was still and silent. We saw bright sea anemones, starfish, jellyfish and bald eagles all within the first 10 minutes.
The tide was high which allowed us to cut through a small channel at the back of Berry. Sandwiched between two islands we took a moment to sit in silence and listen to the world around us. It isn’t until you stop and listen that you realise just how alive everything is around you. Our silence meant that two black tailed deer were comfortable enough to come out of the forest and graze right next to the water. These shy animals usually run as soon as you see them but they allowed us to float alongside them for about 10 minutes, completely relaxed.
There is something incredibly humbling about being present in nature and realising that you are experiencing something that not many people have. Looking back there have been so many of those moments with Farewell Harbour. Slowing down, whether it be taking a kayak trip or a walk with bears is a great way to really be in the moment.”
-- By Rebecca Crilly
Past Blog Posts
Jun 13, 2022
Forest FungiForest Fungi are an important part in any forest ecosystem. Read more about how they reproduce, recycle nutrients, and work in symbiosis with others!
Apr 23, 2022
Staff Highlight: Daryl DancerFind out more about one of our most experienced guides, Daryl Dancer, from her love of sailing to her passion for Grizzly bears, she's got it all.
Mar 25, 2022
Sea Otter Success StoryDiscover more about the turbulent history of sea otters in British Columbian waters.
Mar 10, 2022
Wild Pacific Salmon EcologyFind out more about Pacific wild salmon. This post covers their diverse, intriguing ecology and why they're so important for our ecosystem!
Feb 20, 2022
How Hammerhead Got a NameFind out how the humpback whale, Hammerhead, got named! This is one of our favourite stories to tell at Farewell Harbour Lodge.
Feb 1, 2022
Tomato Basil SoupCheck out Chef Dylan's recipe for his delicious homemade tomato basil soup!
Jan 14, 2022
Rainforest EcologyJoin us on an imaginary journey into the Great Bear Rainforest, and maybe along the way you'll learn some ecology!
Jan 3, 2022
Reflecting on 2021Winter is the time of year when we reflect on the past before looking ahead.
Dec 13, 2021
Winter at Farewell Harbour LodgeMeet Cecil and Marisa, our winter caretakers, and get a glimpse into their winter life at Farewell Harbour Lodge.
May 1, 2021
Wildlife Guide - BearsWe put together a quick, easy guide to help you better understand what to expect when you go bear viewing with Farewell Harbour Lodge!
Apr 24, 2021
Farewell Kitchen - Paul's CioppinoWe uncovered a recipe from the past and had to share it with you! Enjoy with a crisp white wine in the sunshine!
Apr 19, 2021
Top Tips for Photography at Farewell HarbourWe are lucky to have some very talented friends, who also happen to be professional photographers! We asked them for some of their top tips!
Apr 10, 2021
Wildlife Guide - WhalesFind out more about whale watching in the Broughton Archipelago, from what you should bring with you to the best time of year to visit!
Mar 24, 2021
The Rest of the StoryThere are many stories that came together for Farewell Harbour Lodge to be where it is now. Ryne Brockway, co-owner and friend, tells us his.
Mar 11, 2021
Sweet Potato CookiesChef Robyn's easy and delicious sweet potato cookie recipe! Perfect for a boost of energy when out on the trails or just need a little pick me up.
Mar 2, 2021
Staying Jung on Berry IslandHave you ever taken a personality test? We talk about how MBTI is used to create better working relationships and strong connections.
Feb 25, 2021
Engage all your sensesThere are many ways in which we find escape. We look at how engaging all of your senses can help to switch off the outside pressures in a more mindful way.
Feb 11, 2021
A Love StoryTim tells us a Valentines Day story of how he and Kelli met and fell in love on this wild west coast.
Feb 2, 2021
The Forest Floor with MarlieOur rainforests are home to so much life! One of our guides, Marlie, helps us to notice the smaller things that are vital to its survival.
Jan 27, 2021
Going, going, SCONE!One of our guests' all time favourites! We get asked for this recipe more than any other, so here it is to enjoy from home.
Jan 17, 2021
A different perspectiveA wonderful way to see more of the vast landscape is by air! Read about one morning we took to the skies and experienced everything from mountain tops to sandy beaches.
Dec 21, 2020
Sea Kayaking with BeccaOne of our kayak guides, Becca, tells us why this is her favourite way to get even closer to nature and experience the Broughton Archipelago at its best.
Dec 18, 2020
Sointula - Place of Harmony on Malcolm IslandThings to do in Sointula! Full day excursions to Sointula and Malcolm Island. Pioneer history, whale rubbing beaches, historic lighthouse and more!
Nov 1, 2020
Differences between black bears and grizzliesA few things to look out for when bear viewing with our guides at Farewell Harbour. We look at some of the main differences between black bears and grizzlies.