Starting this week, we’ll be showcasing BC through the eyes of some amazing local Instagrammers. This week, meet our first #Guestagrammer, @Jeff3x, a Vancouver Island local.
“While camping on Clarke Island in the Broken Group, we paddled over to Benson Island, we beached our kayaks on the sheltered east side of the island and took a beautiful trail that lead us to the rugged west side of the island. This was the view looking towards Ucluelet. Shortly after this shot was taken we noticed a Grey Whale 30 meters off shore.”
“A campfire with some marine science nerds… Pachena Bay is located near Bamfield, at the end of the West Coast Trail. This beach is a beautiful site, and a great place to camp. You can do a day hike on the West Coast Trail and access some pretty magnificent places from here. Whales and porpoises are a common morning or evening sight due to its mostly calm protected waters.”
“On our last day kayak camping in the Broken Group, located between Ucluelet and Bamfield on Vancouver Islands West Coast, we were headed back to Toquart Bay from Hand Island when we found ourselves paddling through a pod of 15 humpback whales feeding. This humpback breached a safe distance away, however about 2 minutes after this shot was taken another humpback breached 10 feet off my bow. Luckily it did not fall sideways and ended up falling straight back down. He was so close I got wet from the water falling from his swollen mouth, which was full of fish that you could see wiggling out and falling back into the water.”
“This is the view looking back at Tofino atop Lone Cone on Meares Island in Tofino. You have to take a water taxi from Tofino to get to the island and the trailhead is not even a 5 minute walk from the docks. It’s a physically intense hike with an incredibly rewarding view at the top. The best part is, you can camp here. We found the trail easier to navigate going up than it was going down, fortunately for us we had two random dogs follow us up the mountain and would not stray from the actual trail the whole way down, even if we thought our way was the right way, the dogs wouldn’t budge from the trail, so we followed them down.”
“Probably one of the most photogenic beaches I’ve seen on Vancouver Island is Brady’s beach, located on Bamfield’s west side, you need to take a very short water taxi from the main town dock, to access the road that takes you to this beach. Camping is a common site along these shores with the waters getting surprisingly warm enough in the summer months to swim comfortably without becoming hypothermic.”
“There isn’t always a convenient path to take you to impressive sites like this waterfall, located a small hike off the trail leading to Mystic Beach. This water eventually empties into the Pacific Ocean not too much further from where this photo was taken. Mystic beach is an excellent day hike and place to camp on Vancouver Island. Located roughly an hour and a half from Victoria, on the Juan de Fuca trail.”
“This is the view out of Bamfield Inlet taken from the Bamfield Marine Science Centre, about an hour after sunset. The marine science centre is a great place to learn more about what lives beneath the waves on Canada’s west coast, as well as a very active teaching and research facility for the marine sciences.”
Jeff Reynolds lives on Vancouver Island and photography has been a hobby of his ever since he moved to the island 8 years ago for university. He graduated with a bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Victoria, which has given him a great appreciation and understanding of the nature on and around Vancouver Island. The island’s natural beauty is what inspires him and he tries his best to try and capture it for others to see.