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Doing a boat ride on a lake
So up next was another family visit, this time to one of my mom's holiday places on the wilder side of Vancouver island. Sayward is a small logging community near the coast within view of the Canadian mainland. Despite the numerous 'watch-out-for-logging-truck' signs business seems to have slowed down since the credit/mortgage crisis in the US (for all us ignorant Euros: they make houses out of wood here). The logging in Malaysian Borneo seemed to me almost like a landscape being raped, completely stripped from it's primary forest. Canada is so densily forested it seems they'll still have a long way to go before getting anywhere near that level of deforestation.
Sea planes in Campbell river. A lot of places here are so remote it's the only way to get there.

The pace of life was predictably slow in Sayward, but it has some great views of the sea and hills nearby. We went for a boatride, and I never imagined you could lug a boat with a Suzuki compact: boat on the luggage rack on top and outboard motor in the trunk, easy! Nature is pretty impressive, tons of small lakes surroundeed by pines and more pines to the backdrop of mountains which even in the summer have snow covered  peaks. RV's are all over the place in Vancouver island, from caravan attachments on trucks to bus size mobile homes. I guess this would be a nice place to live if you're fed up with hectic city life and need some really really quiet time in a nice setting and still have most of the western modcons.
I left for Port Hardy to take the next ferry to Prince Rupert near Alaska and passed by Telegraph Cove, a tiny (tiny as in 20 inhabitants) harbour village on boardwalks known for still having a bit of frontier flavour. Oh right, it started off as a telegraph line terminus, and apparently some soldiers were stationed here during WWII to guard it from a Japanese sneak attack. Must have been one of the quietest jobs of the war :)
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Doing a boat ride on a lake
Doing a boat ride on a lake
Sea planes in Campbell river. A lo…
Sea planes in Campbell river. A l…
Lining up for the ferry to Vancouv…
Lining up for the ferry to Vancou…
The fishing quay
The fishing quay
Who said you cant take a boat on …
Who said you can't take a boat on…
Logs in the harbour of Sayward
Logs in the harbour of Sayward
Wetlands
Wetlands
The Sayward pied-a-terre
The Sayward pied-a-terre
Metal totem pole dedicated to logg…
Metal totem pole dedicated to log…
Lunch near the lake
Lunch near the lake
Telegraph Cove
Telegraph Cove
Telegraph Cove
Telegraph Cove
Telegraph Cove
Telegraph Cove
Well, this is the most interesting…
Well, this is the most interestin…
Sayward
photo by: poswell