Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Tofino, half the pace, twice the pleasure!

Tofino, at the end on the Hwy 4, is the paradise of surfers, nature lovers, fishers, vegans, naturalists… It is very relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. We enjoyed a lot the long and wild beaches encircled by lush forests.

We arrived just after the end of the Pacific Rim Whale Festival that celebrates the arrival of grey whales. The occasion also for marine education and creates awareness about the pristine ecosystem preservation. Tofino is one of the best locations in the world to view these beautiful cetaceans. (Unfortunately, we did not see them this time). There are many whale watching tour operators (mostly owned by local people) in Tofino and the Clayoquot Sound area to enjoy the migration from March to October. Once hunted by indigenous Nuu-chah-nulth First nations for their meat, bone, oil for rituals, then by massive commercial whaling in the 18th and 19th centuries, now these giants weighing up to 30 tons are threatened by toxic spills, acute noise and fossil fuel exploration, collisions with ships and entanglements in fishing gear. Lire la suite

De Vancouver à Tofino

Nous voilà enfin partis de Vancouver, après plus de 5 mois.

Par un jour de soleil, alors que la pluie était prévue, nous donnons les premiers coups de pédale en partance de chez Fernando et Terry (Thank you again for your kindness!), en compagnie de Marina. Enfin, c’est le grand démarrage du projet Sur la Route du Patrimoine!!!

Après plus de 5 mois scotchés à Vancouver, on en avait presque oublié les motivations de notre départ d’Europe. Les derniers préparatifs nous ont aidés à remettre les pendules à l’heure.

Premier objectif: rejoindre Horseshoe Bay, l’embarcadère du ferry pour rejoindre la fameuse Ile de Vancouver. Malgré nos premiers efforts, nous n’arriverons pas à prendre le ferry escompté. Le chargement est lourd, à peu près 40 kg chacun (2 sacs arrière + 2 sacs avant pour Miguel, 2 sacs arrière + sac de guidon + remorque trailer avec gros sac pour David) et la route vallonnée pour arriver là-bas nous a cuit les cuisses pas très entraînées (pas du tout pour tout dire)… Lire la suite

Vancouver Island: 1st Detour into the Wild

Our first tour will be in south of Vancouver Island, the natural beauty island of British Columbia (not the only one!).

We plan to cycle around 10 days there, meeting several persons about forest management, tribal parks, First nations’ culture preservation, whales, eco-housing in the trees, tourism accessibility…

You can have an overview of our expected itinerary in the island in the map here (in blue)

and also here Itinerary Page.

See you soon!

A Wilderness Committee for Saving Old-Growth #Forests

The Wilderness Committee, founded in 1980, is a registered non-profit society with charitable status. With over 60,000 members, donors and volunteers, we are Canada’s largest membership-based, citizen-funded wilderness protection group.

The « Sur la Route du Patrimoine » Project’s Team met with Ms. Stephanie Gribble at the Headquarters in Vancouver to talk about the action to preserve the natural heritage of Canada.

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Old-Growth forest

The mission of Wilderness Committee is to protect Canada’s biodiversity through strategic research and grassroots public education. This NGO believes that the right, the duty and the ability to act are integral to citizenship, and that the preservation of the natural heritage is absolutely vital to the health of people, communities and the planet. See the 2012-annual-report. Lire la suite