A Tribute to the ‘Chico Mendes’

My oversized black gumboots thumped against my shins with every step. I was walking fast to keep up with my parents, who set a brisk pace down the ramp of the Maple Bay harbour dock. I didn’t want to get left behind; we were going to look at a new-to-us boat – a...

Unplug and Go Kayaking!

It may have been television, video games, and the advent of internet. It could have been overprotective parents fueled by media-induced child abduction panic. Perhaps it was that bulldozer paving the last green space to make way for a strip mall. Likely, it was all of...

The Essence of Kayaking

It might seem at first glance that kayak trips are all about paddling to beautiful places – and they are. Kayaks have carried me to some of the most mind-blowing spectacular vistas I’ve ever seen. Towering peaks, sheers rock faces, wildlife shows…I once paddled into a...

Winter Work (and whales!)

January has brought cold weather here in the Discovery Islands. Even the moderating effects of the Pacific couldn’t hold off the cold weather on Read Island. Bridges, paths, and roads are coated with a thin sheen of ice (yes, we get ice on the coast too), and...

Coast Mountain goes to America!

We spend most of the off-season right here at our home on Read Island. Besides the fact that it’s our favourite place to be, there seems to be a never ending list of projects and maintenance to keep us busy. Every now and then though, we head out to explore new...

Fall, 2016, The Wild Wet Coast

Fall Colour & Returning Salmon, 2016 At Coast Mountain Lodge, another  Discovery Islands sea kayaking season is done. We love the change of pace that offers time for watching the special ritual of salmon returning to the rain-replenished creek here at our home on...