Pine Island Lighthouse, and oh yeah… a spray of life!

In the right forefront is the flat slab of the helicopter pad which marks where the original lighthouse stood until it was washed away by a rogue wave during a winter storm in 1967. This is working lighthouse staffed and operated by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Both the Strait of Georgia and Vancouver Island would be shortly behind us as the ship headed into the open waters of Queen Charlotte Sound.  It was in this location, we read, that sea life abounds in these waters; so very eager now, but at this point, we saw nothing in “abundance”.  Although a bit later, in the distance, a humpback whale blew a fountain of water from its spout and dove back down – lousy photo, I know; wasn’t quick enough… this time…!!  Adrenalin and senses at warp speed now!



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