I’ve been busting to share my latest ‘Travel Diary’ with you from Nimmo Bay in Canada from when I visited last year. This is an exciting one, and I have been waiting a whole year!
I was asked by Qantas Magazine if I would like to go away on an assignment to photograph Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, hidden in the Great Bear Rainforest and the Broughton Archipelago of British Columbia, in Canada.
The location so remote it’s only accessible by seaplane or boat.
Remote? Seaplanes? Canada? Count me in!
So I packed my bits and made the 13.5 hour journey to Vancouver with writer Vanessa Fazzino, then boarded a smaller plane bound for military airport Port Hardy.
From there we squeezed into a robust seaplane, or as the Canadians like to call them – ‘floatplane’ – onwards to Nimmo Bay.
Flying above the landscape in the old seaplane felt a bit like something from a film.
Flying high and then low, around the mountain ranges, as we followed the bends of the snaking rivers and pine tree fringed lakes below, with the constant sound of the small planes single engine buzzing.
This was the very first glimpse of Nimmo Bay which greeted us as we gently skimmed across the water to land in the seaplane.
The timber cabin second from the right would be where I would call home for the next three nights, floating on the water – literally, rising and falling with the tide.
I’m always one for a great interior and one of my favourite aspects to Nimmo Bay was the floating dock.
The floating dock is where guests gather for breakfasts and dinners on communal tables. It’s an indoor / outdoor experience.
There are chesterfield sofas upholstered in oilcloth to keep them dry from the elements (clever), chandeliers hang from the exposed timber rafters and there are lots of classic red and black buffalo plaid blankets to keep you warm from the cold winds which come off the water.
The major drawcard here is nature. If you want to dive into nature then Nimmo Bay is for you.
Glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, fjords ( I didn’t even know what they were), heli-fishing, grizzly bears, orcas, seals, dolphins, humpback whales, the list goes on.
This pocket of British Columbia is abundant with nature, so if you want to be outnumbered by the animals, then this is your homeland.
The lodge receives two drops of food each week, other than that everything else is gathered wild from either the woods or the sea, which I absolutely loved.
Each evening I would look forward to sitting by the outdoor fire in the night air on the timber Adirondack chairs.
With a sheepskin throw warmed by the fire, I would watch the stars dance across the northern sky and the sap from the firewood spark and think about all the incredible things I had seen that day, until about 8.30pm when the jet lagged Australians would have to head off to bed.
Every mode of transport is utilised to get very close to nature here; helicopter, zodiacs, kayaks, paddle boards.
Whatever it takes to be able to admire the unspoilt ecosystem. We landed on glaciers and flew up to waterfalls in the helicopter, followed humpback whales and visited colonies of seals in the zodiac within the archipelago.
Everything was so considered and thought out at Nimmo Bay, I suppose you have to be like this when you are so remote.
It was here I learnt about negative ions – and how they change your mood.
Everyone was like – ‘Kara, you have to try the waterfall’, and I was like, what do you mean, try the waterfall?
‘Try it for the negative ions? ‘ The what? You Canadians are crazy!
Turns out, negative ions have a positive effect on the human body, basically you feel better when water is breaking on your body – in the surf, in the shower or under a waterfall. I’m now all about the negative ions.
One of the best days out on the ocean was when conservationist Adrien Mullins took us out to spot wildlife on the waters. Orcas, humpbacks and colonies of seals clustered over rocks.
What impressed me the most was that each person at Nimmo Bay was so knowledgeable in their field and so very generous.
So, after our whirlwind four days, we climbed back in the seaplane and said farewell to the pristine landscape of Nimmo Bay and the Great Bear Rainforest.
I felt so energised by what I had seen and experienced, or maybe it really was the ions in the water, either way I still feel so incredibly lucky to have experienced and photographed this secluded paradise in British Columbia, overflowing with sacred nature.
If you would like to read the story from Qantas Magazine, click here for the digital version.