BC Ferries Inside Passage Vessel
3500 km, 1 new water pump, 3 weeks and too many cups of coffee later, we are back home in beautiful but rainy Vancouver. The van smells aweful and the pile of laundry is huge but we are happy as clams.
We left Terrace, BC, early on Friday morning to drive the 1.5 hours to Prince Rupert. What a spectular drive along the Skeena River, bound in my the coast mountains and heading for the ocean again ! Continue reading
Sarah Artis here – a high school friend of Oceangybe champion Hugh Patterson. My boyfriend Brett and I have had the pleasure of hosting Hugh and Bryson in our home in Thornhill, just outside of Terrace, BC, for the last couple days.
I’m uber impressed with the mission these guys are, and have been on, during the last few years. Sailing around the world; surfing and exploring; and spreading an environmental message about the dangers of plastics to boot. Wow! Who wouldn’t want these guys as their friends?
Hugh speaking at Walnut Park Elementary
Onwards goes the red van around British Columbia. We arrived in Smithers, BC yesterday after a long drive from Canmore, Alberta.
Smithers, BC is home to about 6000 people and is a regional service center for the entire Bulkley Valley. The town is set against the backdrop of Hudson Bay Mountain to the west and the Babine Mountain range to the east which makes a very picturesque setting.
Wow, what a change. We went from the relatively small towns of the Kootenay’s to metropolitan Calgary in a short three hours. Luckily a good friend from Uvic, Julia Kwinter, generously took us into her flashy downtown apartment. We got refueled with some good local microbrew and went straight to bed.
Friday we visited Centennial Highschool in southern Calgary. For our first presentation we switched it up from our usual, low-key format to a massive gym where we had about 20 minutes to speak to over 600 students. It is often a challenge to connect when speaking to this many people, but it is that much more exhilarating when the message gets across. The video from Oak Bay Johnny Prod, and Ryan’s excellent pros, we rocked it. After that, we visited two mixed grade leadership classes with about 20 students each. Both were fun, and we got lots of great feedback from the teachers and students.
Ryan Speaks at Centennial High School Calgary
Surrounded by the evening light playing on the majestic mountain peaks around the mountain town of Fernie, BC, we sat with friends and watched an incredible hockey game. Wow! It was early to bed though, because we had a jam packed agenda for the following morning. We had the pleasure of visiting both the junior (Isabella Dickens Elementary) and high school (Fernie Secondary) of this wonderful town, giving two presentations to the younger kids, and a larger presentation to the high school students. Continue reading
After a small delay to get a new water pump for the Big Red Van, we headed south-wast past Big White Ski Resort towards the Nelson, BC. Situated on picturesque Kootenay Lake on South-East BC, Nelson is famous for being a very sustainable and environmentally aware town. We were invited to speak at LV Rogers Secondary School and Hume Elementary School. It was a pleasure to watch all the students file into the gyms and see not one disposable plastic water bottle but numerous reusable stainless steel water bottles. Excellent to see…
We even managed to squeak in a quick bicycle ride around in the local hills before getting back in the car and heading for Fernie, BC in time for the Stanley Cup Game 1 hockey game. Go Canucks Go …
The OceanGybe school tour is underway, with the crew having visited 2 schools, and 1 government organization to date. We left Vancouver yesterday, May 30th, on our two week tour of BC and Alberta. Before departing Vancouver we had an opportunity to do a lunch and learn as a part of Environment Canada’s E-Week (Environmental Week) where we spoke to members of Environment Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). This morning in Kelowna we visited Mr. Wishlow’s Grade 11 biology class at Kelowna Secondary School, and followed it up to a group of 300 students at George Elliot community School. To those we met today, thank you for having us. Next stop: Nelson!
What an incredible morning; sunshine glinting off the calm waters of Sooke Inner Harbour. After beating into a stiff South Easterly most of yesterday, it was a pleasure to pull into these flat waters, and also to find Hugh’s parents, the Pattersons, anchored within and waiting to serve us a curry dinner with champagne! The party did not stop there, in another hour the s/V Centurion with Andy and Nancy Paine and our good friend Lawrence arrived to complete the 3 boat raft!
Anchored in Thrasher cove, port renfrew. These waters are new to Khulula but very familiar to her crew! The sun is shining, the muffins are cooking and we will soon pull up anchor and head to Sombrio and onwards to Sooke for the night. Did we get epic surf yesterday? Oh yes! Thank you, Neptune, for your unexpected gift!
How many islands in the broken group? Must be hundreds! Khulula is anchored in a dead flat bay in the middle of Effingham Island, the landing point of Captain Cook in Barkley sound. It is cold, rainy, misty and foggy – a true west coast day. Khulula is re-provisioned, topped up with diesel and water. Her crew is well rested, surf satisfied and showered thanks for the fantastic Ucluelet hospitality of Matt Curry and his lady Ashley!