Explorers and Exploring

BRMB Vancouver Island, Victoria and the Gulf Coast Backroad Mapbook 7th Edition ISBN 978-1-926806-52-5 backroadmapbooks.com

Chasing Clayoquot : A Wilderness Almanac. Second Edition David Pitt-Brooke 2004. This book of natural history, environmentalism, and politics explores one of the Earth’s last primeval places: Clayoquot Sound. Pitt-Brooke takes the reader on 12 journeys, one for each month of the year. Each journey covers the outstanding natural event of that season, such as whale-watching in April, shorebird migration in May, and the salmon spawn in October.

 Converging Waters: The Beauty and Challenges of the Broughton Archipelago by Gwen Curry and Daniel Hillert Sept 2020 Explores an area on the northern coast of Vancouver Island on the edge of the Broughton Archipelago: Queen Charlotte Strait, Broughton Strait, Cormorant Channel, Blackfish Sound. This part of the Namgis First Nation territory is characterized by tree-covered islands, pebble beaches, foggy mornings, rocky islets, orcas, eagles, and an ever-changing light. Boats are at least as important as trucks for the few who live here. The sea and sky dominate the land, and marine mammals and fish seem to overshadow the human residents. Daniel Hillert’s inspiring photographs focus on the wild essence that still permeates these converging waters, while Gwen Curry’s prose dives beneath the surface to appreciate not only the natural wonder of this place but its history, people, and present-day challenges

Easykayaker: A guide to Laid-back Vancouver Island Paddling ISBN 978-0-9687858-1-22002 by Paul Grey and Gary Backlund. Aimed at families and their children or beginner and intermediate kayakers. As opposed to the more adventurous and intimidating books written about the exhilarating sport of kayaking. Iintroduces kayaking as a relaxing sport as well as a thrilling one.

Explorer’s Guides Victoria and Vancouver Island A Great Destination by Eric Lucas ISBN 978-1-58157-128-8 “Consistently rated the best guides to the regions covered…Readable, tasteful, appealingly designed. Strong on dining, lodging, and history.”—National Geographic Traveler More than a million people visit Vancouver Island by air and sea each year, three quarters of them from outside Canada. Besides detailed coverage of Victoria, Eric Lucas gives wide-ranging context to the island’s culture, cuisine, and arts. There’s also a wealth of practical information to help you plan your stay in this land of natural wonders

Four Years In British Columbia abd Vancouver Island: An Account of their Forests, Rivers, Coasts, Gold Fields, And Resources for Colonization(1862) by Richard Charles Mayne Paperback 2010 This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original.

In Nature’s Realm: Early Naturalists Explore Vancouver Island; Layland, Michael, Touchwood Editions 2019 (the lengthy bibliography covers dozens of references worth pursuing) Leaving no stone unturned cartographer Layland has brought to life a cast of characters a mile long and each one a little masterpiece of story telling.

Nu-tka: Captain Cooke and the Spanish Explorers on the Coast( Sound Heritage Volume V11, No 1) by W.J. Langlois 1978 PDF from Royal BC Museum Shop or Amazon

  Secret Beaches of Southern Vancouver Island: Qualicum to the Malahat by Theo Dombrowski 2010

This is your guide to dozens of spectacular and often hidden beaches on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island between Qualicum and the Malahat. While some of them are well used by people living nearby, many are virtually impossible to find without combing through official maps and back-road guides. From tiny rocky coves to broad sandy beaches, these public-access spots are enormously diverse

Secret Beaches of Greater Victoria: View Royal to Sidney by Theo Dombrowski 2010 Secret Beaches of Greater Victoria is a comprehensive review of nearly 100 beaches on the Saanich Peninsula and in the Greater Victoria area. While some of these are well used by people living nearby, many are virtually impossible to find without combing through official maps and back-road guides. Even the seemingly well-known shoreline from Oak Bay to Beacon Hill hides its own tiny pocket beaches and obscure coves.

Secret Lakes of Southern Vancouver Island: Exploring the recreation, nature and history of 25 lakes from Saanich to Sooke by Theo Ungstad 2012 Paperback Secret Lakes of Southern Vancouver Island is the first, most comprehensive guide to the beautiful lakes that make southern Vancouver Island such a wonderful place to live and visit. Find the best place to soak up sunshine, where to launch your boat, and how to avoid the crowds. You’ll find plenty of practical information..

 The Northwest Dive Guide : A Scuba Handbook for BC, Washington and Oregon by Mike Hughes. Harbour Publishing, ISBN 13: 978-1-55017-476-2 Cold water diving is more gear-intensive than warm water diving, but the diversity of marine life and panoramic beauty of the world below the water line are a delight to explore. Try the shallow waters of BC’s Hornby Island for a cold water shark dive where spiny dogfish zip around like short fused rockets and you have a good chance of spotting a blunt nosed six-gill shark. Or visit Sund Rock in Washington State, a marine protected area sheltering wolf eels, sea whip beds, various shrimps and crabs and the occasional wandering giant Pacific octopus. When it comes to quality and quantity of wrecks to explore, the Northwest is a diver’s playground with warships, cargo ships, and wooden ships dating back to the 1800s….

The Wild Side Guide to Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim Long Beach, Tofino, Ucluelet, Port Alberni, Nitinat & Bamfield by Jacqueline Windh, Harbor Publishing ISBN 13: 978-1-55017-398-7

The Pacific Rim of Vancouver Island’s wild west coast, with its picturesque coastal villages of Tofino and Ucluelet and expansive wave-washed sands of Long Beach, has become one of Canada’s top tourist destinations.   The Wild Side Guide to the Pacific Rim provides necessary facts and information on how to get there, where to stay, what to do, where to eat, as well as the little stories and inside scoops that will enrich any visitor’s experience.

 Tod Inlet: A Healing Place by Gwen Curry2015. Paperback Tod Inlet has been a place of refuge for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, but few are aware of its history. This tiny fjord, less than a half hour from downtown Victoria, is part of Gowlland Tod Provincial Park and is accessed by a forested path beside Tod Creek. For centuries it was the home of the WSÁNEć (Saanich) people, providing everything for their spiritual and material sustenance. In the early part of the twentieth century a small company town grew on its shores. When the Vancouver Portland Cement Company had exhausted the limestone quarries, Jennie Butchart began her ambitious gardening project, Butchart Gardens. Developers made plans for marinas, golf courses and hotels to be built on this quiet inlet, but local citizens, environmentalists, scientists and First Nations people fought back.

Visions of the Wild: A Voyage by Kayak Around Vancouver Island by Maria Coffey and Dag Goering 2001





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