Nature lovers are going to love our Instagrammer of the week, @ninethreeseven! From the sandy beaches of Parksville to the rugged shores of Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, Katie takes us on a journey along BC’s west coast to showcase the biodiversity of Vancouver Island!
Located in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, Botanical Beach is home to some of the richest tide pools on the West Coast. Its deep, otherworldly potholes are filled with jewel-toned marine life — purple and red starfish and sea urchins, emerald green sea grasses, and anemones that look like underwater flowers. If you’re lucky, you may even see an octopus. Keep an eye out for the windswept, natural bonsai that grow in the area.
At low tide, Parksville’s long, sandy beaches are a perfect place to look for sea creatures. Beautiful starfish, sand dollars, crabs, and snails dot the beach. You won’t be the only one looking for the sea’s bounty — great blue herons and bald eagles are out in full force at low tide, scouring the tide pools for tasty morsels.
Victoria is home to many urban dwellers — don’t be surprised to see raccoons, rabbits, and even deer within the city. This little guy was left under our house when his mom and siblings moved to a new den. The story has a happy ending — momma raccoon came back for him the next day.
Growing up in Victoria, I spent a lot of time exploring Vancouver Island with my father, who was a biologist. He introduced me to some of my favourite places on the island and indulged my curiosity about the plants, animals, birds, and insects that call this region home. Vancouver Island is a treasure trove of pristine beaches and lush temperate rainforests, and I am so happy to be back in this beautiful little corner of the world.
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