BC Trip 2012

"Sea to Sky"


Yes, still some rain clouds around but ample amounts of sunshine. The Sunshine Coast has only 66 miles of highway. The area has no road access and can only be visited by boat, sea plane or ferry. We learned that the 78.00 ferry fee was a round trip. That includes the fare if you are going to Powell River via Egmont/Earl's Cove and Saltery Bay.
This is probably the most famous of landmarks on the coast. Molly's was featured in the CBC’s longest running Canadian drama “The Beachcombers.” Located in Gibsons BC, on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.
Everyone loves the Sunshine Coast!
This area has many many fine artists. Many I have never heard of and some I had. Makiko Kitama has an interesting history and some delightful paintings with an unusual style. The area's artist rag, ZOOM is a very interesting read no matter where you are from! The area is rich with talent and it boasts an environmental understanding that I have not seen elsewhere.

We stopped in the Sechelt information center on the way up the coast to see if we could find a place to stay for the night. The center host, Patsy, was so very helpful and had many recommendations for things to see and where to stay. Patsy hooked us up with Clint and Chrys Sample from the Francis Point B&B in Pender Harbour. A king size bed, wonderful accomodations and a breakfast to remember. Great folks! Highly recommended!

I came downstairs for breakfast and was immediately struck by the artwork on the walls. Wonderful nautical paintings by Esther Sample, Clint and Chrys's daughter in law!

This old sea captain was down at the marina on Francis Point.

Esther won the 2011 award for this image painted in acrylics. Esther won the honour of having her painting of a Chinook salmon appear on the federal fishing license decal that generates money for conservation of wild Pacific salmon. This is the first time in 23 years that a woman has won the art contest, which is run by the Vancouver-based Pacific Salmon Foundation. The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Stamp, known as the “Salmon Stamp”, is a $6.00 postage-stamp sized decal that must be purchased annually by anglers if they wish to keep Pacific salmon caught in saltwater off Canada’s west coast.
Esther Sample’s acrylic painting, entitled Hunger Strikes, won the contest following several rounds of balloting by judges on November 16 in Vancouver. This was her first entry in the annual art contest. Sample, 36, is a mother of three who lives in Comox and was previously a commercial fisher.

WOW! Great job Esther!

Some of our favorite images from the Sunshine Coast.
Earl's Cove ferry terminal going north to Saltery Bay and Powell River.
Squalls over Saltery Bay.
Egmont BC.
Kwatina has seen better days...
I love old trawlers!
Granddad's  Boat House
Even the stone masons are artsy!
This one is for you Danny Boy!
many many backroads yield postcard images
Stretching out on a lazy day
Pender Harbour Marina
Saltery Bay Sunshine and first snow on the peaks of this fall.
The cars come off and the cars go on... waiting for the ferry boarding at Langdale on the Sunshine Coast.
  The Last Video of boarding the Langdale ferry


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