Pacific Northwest, Summer 2016

This July, we returned to my homeland, in Canada’s Pacific Northwest. I have already made a couple of posts about this trip, below, but before the summer completely gets away from me, I wanted to collect a bunch of images together. Below, in order of appearance: The wide open beaches of Tofino, BC. The view from the new family home on Hornby Island, BC (complete with rainbow). My brother, the permaculture farmer. The view from where we stayed 10 nights on Cortes Island, BC. The seaplane that delivered friends from Vancouver. My sister running with her dog. My dad swimming. A last bonfire on the beach. My girl looking out the ferry window. July, Pacific Northwest, I miss you.

 

tofino ocean jennifer may food photographer Pacific Northwest

Hornby Island British Columbia Jennifer May

digging for potatoes

digging for potatoes

heart potato by Jennifer May

garlic hanging in a farm

chard in the farm garden

cortes island bc Pacific Northwest

sea plane on the water

swimming in the pacific ocean pacific northwest

running on the beach with dog

pacific ocean swimming

bonfire on the beach

ferry boat by Jennifer May Pacific Ocean

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.

Pacific Northwest Vacation

I just got back from two weeks visiting family & friends on and around Vancouver Island. We took 6 ferries in 12 days and…

valdez boat access only island british columbia
Spent 3 nights on Valdez, a boat-access-only island
that has no electricity or fresh running water
but is deluxe all the same
We sourced goods from local islands
camped on a hill in a tent that became target practice
went fishing
and rested in a hammock overhanging a cliff.
Back on Vancouver Island, my dad and I visited what used to be our front yard
butterfly brand smoked scallops on the beach
and had a snack.
pork roast rotissserie
My mom and step-dad hosted a pork roast
and invited the neighbors.
fishing on salt spring island bc
We took a ferry to Salt Spring Island where my brother tried to catch a fish
and later I swam with my sister.
Off to Deep Bay on Vancouver Island where my second family lives
fresh caught prawns to grill
they caught a whack of prawns and grilled us a feast.
Then we took one last ferry on the way to the airport.
Food stories in New York's Hudson Valley and beyond from photographer Jennifer May