There are a group of islands on the most northerly tip of BC – where the next stop is Alaska – known as the Queen Charlotte Islands or also referred to as Haida Gwaii, the home of the Haida People. It has been #74 on my bucket list for a long while to make the trek north yet it is no small journey so needed to be planned among a summer of fun.
The journey was worth it.
6 lovers hopped a plane from Vancouver to Sandspit:
where we rented a car with Budget (not recommended – it was far from budget!) and drove 2hrs north to a little fishing village called Masset (totally recommended!). It poured rain for the 2 days we were there so we mastered long naps, big walks on the beach in Tow Hill where we discovered a cute lil hobbit house selling freshly baked cinnamon buns and more naps!
Alaska View Lodge located right on the beach was a perfect home base for napping and cooking. (Grocery stores were limited and fresh produce wasn’t necessarily in abundance. Bacon, on the other hand was available!) We were glad to have ventured north to see Graham Island in it’s entirety. Two noteable mentions: stopping for lunch with one of the friendliest servers at the SeaRaven en route north and a pit stop at the Haida Heritage Centre with totem poles on the drive south.
From there, we spent two nights at the Seaport B&B. (And far too many meals at the ‘Inn at Sandspit’ – another very friendly server!) We were graciously given a truck (ya, THAT friendly!) to bomb around town for one afternoon and drove out to Grey Beach to take lovers pics & self made totem poles:
And then headed to Copper River to experience bears catching salmon right outta the river! It doesn’t get more Canadian or West Coast than this, except of course if it was a Spirit Bear with killer whales jumping in the background! As the sun set on day #3 of this adventure, we were feeling mighty chuffed with ourselves and authentically rugged with our iphones capturing both giggles of fear and delight as these creatures pounced on their fish.
Day #4 was spent out on the ocean with Moresby Explorers and our guides Abby and Amanda. These chics have got it goin’ on and took us city hipsters into the native lands of the Haida – we learned from the Haida people about totem poles and saw cork boots & tractors from the 40’s when islands were getting logged. It was stunning and made me question every piece of paper I feel so inclined to use as trees growing back in 2nd and 3rd growth are not nearly as big as the old guys. It made me appreciate the solitutde of an adventure with absolutely no one else around and it certainly had me realizing that Vancouver is indeed a pin-prick of a lil spot on the map of this great big province that absolutely deserves exploring! It also made me appreciate girlfriends that find hilarity in the lil things so boyfriends can find something to chuckle about. #momentsnottobetakenforgranted
We finished the day with a cold bevvie on the patio of our B&B meeting new friends who were double our age and full of life. They offered words of wisdom on how to stay happily in love and hunt moose in their pink panties!
Heading back to the airport, feeling drunk on fresh air and rejuvenated from being offline, really & truly for 4 big beautiful days. It makes me think that unplugging might be more necessary even though instagramming bears in action does feel soo perfectly 2013. We have a feeling that this place won’t be quiet for long as it delivers one heck of an outdoor experience. So while others might start venturing here, what I know for sure is that adventures with your favorite friends really does make for a good time. Next stop…who knows…but something tells me there will be at least 6 of us in tow!
I’m sharing this adventure, hyperlinked et al, not because i think you care about every daily detail…but rather because this trip was planned 100% off of awesome referrals from people who had been there/ done that before us. And if i can share adventure tips with you, well, that would make me happy! So adventure-on, friends! Mary & Baby Raven await your arrival.