There are many wonderful day paddles available from our location, as well as forest trails to adjacent “pocket” beaches, a stream, and swimming lake. The local community also has a lot to offer, and your support makes a meaningful difference in our lives & micro-economies.
Billy Proctor continues to invite the public to view his remarkable, display of First Nations stone tools, as well as coastal settlers’ memorabilia, in his sea-side museum. A visit and chat with Billy demonstrates what it is like to have lived a lifetime homesteading here in the wilderness. Visit his gift shop, full of books on the BC coast, art, cedar baskets, pottery, cards…. Please bring some cash to make purchases in addition to your stay with us.
Highly recommended, is the opportunity for guests to experience presentations, tours, and story-telling with our local wilderness expert Nikki van Schyndel. Nikki provides cultural – naturalist excursions throughout the Broughton, as well as lodge based activities such as fire-by-friction demonstrations, plant and seashore life identification and preparation, and she also tells amazing stories and legends of wilderness survival. Nikki recently wrote a book www.BecomingWild.com.
Visit her website – www.EchoBayEcoventures.com
If a love of art inspires you, plan to include a visit to the working studio of artist/writer Yvonne Maximchuk. Visit Yvonne’s studio to view and/or purchase a painting celebrating coastal scenery. Book a private lesson in watercolor, drawing or acrylic, or a plein air excursion into the archipelago, or a “make your own ceramic dish” day at SeaRose Studio. Yvonne gives readings from her two published books about life in the coastal wilderness; “Full Moon Flood Tide” with Bill Proctor and “Drawn to Sea – Paintbrush to Chainsaw: Carving out a life in BC’s Rugged Raincoast” at Paddlers’ Inn, if requested, and available. All visitors are welcome at SeaRose Studio. For more information, or to book a visit, see www.yvonnemaximchuk.com
The folks at Salmon Coast Field Station are inviting our guests to visit their operation, to see what they are up to. They have an “open-house” every Saturday and occasionally by appointment on other days. The station is a focal point for people studying the effects of aquaculture on the marine environment, and they are branching out to welcome other conservation-oriented research to increase the scope of their ecosystem monitoring projects. See www.salmoncoast.org
Echo Bay is about 1 km away, and offers corner store ammenities, as well as fuel, laundry, and dinners (by reservation) – www.pierresbay.com
First Nations Tours of Alert Bay and the U’mista Cultural Centre, as well as other locations, are available. Please contact Mike Willie @ www.seawolfadventures.ca for more information.
We invite you to come to the Broughton Archipelago, to enjoy the beauty of this coastal wilderness, and to experience the cultural lifestyle of homesteading BC’s wilderness coast. We appreciate your support for our tiny community. Thanks!