Haida Way Motor Inn
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We boarded the Naiad Explorer (owned and run by MacKay Whale Watching) for the first of four exciting ocean experiences.
We cruised north across Queen Charlotte Strait and Labouchere Passage towards the mainland.
On our way, we saw rafts of otters and interesting sea - vegetation interface. .
We had a leisurely morning and were picked up in South Nanaimo at about 11. After a couple of hours we reached Parksville where the Beach Club Resort offered us a meal of yummy beef curry soup with tuna and veggie wraps. No room for dessert.
We walked off our meal with a nice long …
... and historical island spots where we set up camp, or what an amazing opportunity it was to slap the granite-type monolith which was the mainland, and was timed perfectly for a rearward glimpse of afternoon sunshine. It was the perfect climax for our amazing group of kayakers during this journey… okay, maybe the final two transient orcas cruising past our kayaks just as we were heading into the final island bay to await our water ...
... the long winter hibernation. Eventually the female leads the big guy away from the two young cubs who are both hyper-alert and ready to bolt off into the sanctuary of the forest at any moment. It is another one of those slightly surreal moments that only registers fully once it is all over and you have walked away from the boat with a soppy grin spreading halfway round your head, and a hundred indelible pictures fizzing through your memory.
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... out in the moonlight. It was really bright but we couldn't quite make them out. It was late and we needed an excuse to go to bed so everyone quietly made their way to the tents to try to rest.
That night we could hear the low hum of diesel engines in the distance. One of the only unfortunate strokes of luck we had was that every so often, the government issues brief fishing passes to fisherman to catch salmon at the Robson Bight. Being a city dweller ...