This Easter weekend, Sean Sherstone and I took another photographic road trip.
We left Ladysmith around 7:30pm on a Thursday and drove non-stop through the night (some 500km's and 8 hours) up to San Josef Bay in Cape Scott Park at the very northern tip of Vancouver Island.
We drove through rainstorms, hail and wind, and even a full fledged blizzard, on our trip to Port Hardy, then Holberg, and finally to Cape Scott Park.
The reason for this crazy drive? To catch the sunrise at San Josef Bay naturally.
We also visited Cape Palmerston to catch some awesome open Pacific wave action and then spent a night at the village of Alert Bay on Cormorant Island.
I have to thank Sean for introducing me to San Josef Bay and Cape Palmerston. They are both amongst the most beautiful places on Vancouver Island that I've ever seen. Just imagine miles of beaches every bit as beautiful as those in Pacific Rim Park in Tofino minus about 3 million tourists.
And I in turn got to introduce Sean to the charms of Alert Bay. You may think you're taking an ordinary BC ferry from Port McNeill to get to this quaint little village on Cormorant Island. But it's not really a ferry. It's actually a time machine cleverly disguised as a BC Ferry! This small village boasts a watefront that at least for me, is like stepping back in time 40 years here on the Island. There are old docks and buildings on pilings that you just don't see any more. And they are the stuff of dreams for long exposure photographers . I guess there's no room for this kind of history on an Island that is rapidly filling up with multi-million dollar resorts and vacant waterfront mansions-summer homes.
Here are some of my favorite images from our short but awesome trip.