West Coast of Canada: Cortes & Hornby Islands

We just returned from an extended visit to my homeland on the west coast of Canada. A few years ago, when our daughter was born, my husband & I started an annual tradition of renting a big house on the ocean and inviting friends and family to stay with us. It is the most beautiful place I could ever imagine, and we love to share it. It is a place where food literally falls from the trees – apples, walnuts, hickory nuts, grapes, and any number of berries. We cook, eat, and drink. We walk and swim. I photograph everything. It’s refreshing to be in a new place, with different light, and surrounded in ocean-weathered textures.

From where I live in the Hudson Valley, NY, it takes two travel days to reach these Northern Gulf Islands that I love. But it is worth it. Miles and miles of shoreline are uninhabited. And the people who live there are island-folk. They make pottery, they paint, they farm. I will follow up in coming posts with some of the fun cooking projects we did. But for now, a glimpse to the remote islands of Cortes and Hornby.

Hornby Island BC
A beach on Hornby Island, BC. I will be seeing a lot more of this spot over the coming years
ocean view
My dad, daughter, and husband on Cortes Island, BC
BC Ferry boat
The ferry boats get smaller as you move toward the smaller islands.
apples on tree
I have never seen so many apples as I did this year. One house we rented was surrounded by different varieties.
raspberry picking
My daughter picking raspberries in her grandfather’s garden on Vancouver Island
grapes on the vine
A bunch of grapes hang on a vine in my dad’s garden
walnut tree
Walnuts on a family tree ripen and fall to the ground
table outside
An outdoor table at my mom’s became the ultimate picnic spot
West coast of Canada barn window
An old barn window on a farm, Hornby Island, BC
ferry view West Coast of Canada
Leaving is bittersweet. I love the west coast and I love NYC and the Hudson Valley.

Published by Jennifer May

Jennifer May is a food photographer based in New York’s Hudson Valley and Brooklyn.

Food stories in New York's Hudson Valley and beyond from photographer Jennifer May