The excitement was building as we headed up Knight Inlet in search of Grizzly Bears in an early June morning on the west coast of Canada. There was a chill in the air, and a thick fog covered the still ocean as our boat made its way up the inlet. The anticipation of what laid in store was truly palpable onboard the boat, yet there was an eerie stillness that lingered in the air as we made steady time. It was only a matter of another hour or so and the scene would change rapidly as the sun broke through the morning mist and a bright day emerged. It was a truly magical day, one that will follow us forever.
Knight Inlet is a place unlike any other, with seascapes that change by the minute as land emerges and then hides again as the rolling fog transitions. These landscapes are alluring and haunting at the same time, leaving us all profoundly changed as people as our personal experiences intermingle with the reality just outside the window. An island emerges from behind the veil of fog, leaving us all speechless as the profound natural beauty sinks into our very souls.
The lead boat cuts a path for us to follow as everyone begins to crane on the lookout for whales, dolphins and the ever elusive bear. The trees that cover the mountains seem to reach for the very heavens above, creating a thick green carpet that comprises the rainforest that we all love so much. Beauty can be found everywhere in the world if you look for it, yet somehow we all feel that we’ve entered into a very special realm, one made just for us on this wonderful morning.
As we look back out the boat, the landscapes once again become enveloped in the thick fog, almost feeling as if they disappear. These feelings would follow us for quite some time before day broke and the sun emerged casting a joyous feeling that reinforced the building excitement. Everyone knew what was ahead, yet for most of us onboard these experiences would be a first for us, and will never be forgotten.
The west coast of Canada is an ever-changing place, with seasons, time-of-day, and weather painting new scenes upon the canvas of our imaginations at every turn. In many ways these scenes will haunt our souls to our last day.
Thanks for joining us once again as we explore our fantastic trip to the northern end of Vancouver Island. Please stay tuned as we have many more photographs of Telegraph Cove, Grizzly Bears, Pacific White-sided Dolphins and other wonders to share with you. In the meantime, please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below as we love to hear from all our visitors.