Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert with @kattancock

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Discover BC through the eyes of its locals and visitors! Each week we #exploreBC through a different Instagrammer who shares their favourite local spots and experiences.

This week, we’re featuring Toronto-based travel writer, @kattancock. She’ll be sharing scenes of her recent trip from Northern Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert.

The bright colours of Telegraph Cove Resort, wooden docks, boats in the water and dense forest behind the resort.

“We started our journey along the northern BC coast at the picturesque Telegraph Cove Resort on northern Vancouver Island. Hiking and kayaking were on this day’s agenda, but we managed to take some quiet time in the morning for photos, too.”

5 kayakers paddling in turquoise, yellow and red kayaks along the calm ocean in Port McNeil on Northern Vancouver Island with dark cloudy skies above.

“On one misty afternoon, we paddled the super-calm waters with @kayakwithwhales, followed by a gourmet salmon dinner at their Hanson Island base camp. You’re not supposed to approach wildlife, but we took a break in among some bull kelp and let the seals investigate us – one got so close I could see the warm breath coming out of his nostrils.”

A view of the side of the ferry as it glides along the glass water with the silhouette of hills to the left and the ocean reflecting in the window of the ferry.

“On the summer solstice, we took the @bcferries Northern Expedition through the Inside Passage from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert near the Alaska border – a 16-hour journey that included a lunchtime barbecue on the deck, a million photo ops and quite a few games of cards using a cribbage board we bought in the gift shop.”

An eagle soaring above the ocean, with it's wings outstretched and yellow talons and beak perfectly visible.

“One must-do in Prince Rupert is a tour of the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, accessible only by boat. We went with @prince_rupert_adventure_tours and saw grizzlies eating sedge grass, digging for clams and just lying around on a hot day. We also saw tons of bald eagles – this shot looks Photoshopped but I swear it’s real.”

White, brown, yellow and turquoise fruit boxes and brown burlap sacks lining the shelves at the North Pacific Cannery.

“The @northpacificcannery is the oldest standing cannery in BC and a national historic site. The history is so interesting, and I loved these vintage fruit boxes on the shelves of the company store.”

A magnificent purple and pink sunset lighting up the sky in Prince Rupert and reflecting into the calm ocean.

“Days are long this far north. On our last night in Prince Rupert, the sunset must have lasted for two hours and I must have taken a hundred photos of it. This one was taken quite late, around 11 pm. No filter!”

A female hiker standing on a boardwalk looking out at the trees and water from the Butze Rapids trail near Prince Rupert.

“The Butze Rapids trail just outside Prince Rupert is a smooth, well-maintained 5.4-km (3.4-mi) loop through second- and old-growth forests that goes to this lookout as well as a super-pretty stretch of beach complete with swings hanging off trees.”

About @kattancock

Kat Tancock is a Toronto-based travel writer who was born and raised in BC and gets back as often as she can – so far, three times this year! You can find her work in publications including the @globeandmail@westjetmagazineand @enroutemag, and at kattancock.com.

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