Month: August 2019


We came to see bears. We saw bears. Mostly turning over large rocks with a casual flick of the paw looking for things to eat. After watching a bear swim from one small Island to another, I thought about the huge bag of garbage sitting on board Impromptu.

The Floating World

During Japan’s Edo period the phrase “the floating world” evoked an imagined universe of wit, stylishness, and extravagance—with overtones of naughtiness, hedonism, and transgression. But that’s not the floating world we’re here to talk about today. Like other places around the globe where folks make their living on the water, Northern British Columbia was once …

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The Islands are full of unexpected, sometimes amusing, things. In the Octopus Islands, someone once left a bit of driftwood in an old shack to commemorate their visit. Now it’s a tradition, with some pretty clever efforts.