#ShareAdventure – Living in the Wilderness of Vancouver Island



Story submitted by @CanadianVoyage

In the summer of 2011, my husband and I spent 189 days in the wilderness of Vancouver Island, not one night did we use a tent, we slept under the stars. Never have I felt so connected to the universe. Waking up in the middle of the night and gazing at a million trillion stars shining in the black night, it’s one of those stunning visions that takes your breath away and gets imprinted in your mind forever.

From our beach side campsite, we could see the flicker of bonfires across the ocean on the distant shores of Washington state. They must have been pretty big for us to be able to see them from such a distance. It’s a cool feeling knowing that other people are enjoying themselves doing the same thing you are doing, you feel a connection to people whom you don’t know and will probably never meet.

We never felt more alive, nor more at one with nature. We foraged for food, made shelters, collected firewood and learned what it felt like to live off the land. We ate fish that we caught; one of our favorite meals was eating the crayfish that we caught using our mosquito nets. These curious little creatures were attracted to shiny things, so we placed a bottle cap in the middle of the net and watched supper come crawling in…. Compared to the crayfish we are used to seeing in Northern Ontario, these are huge, which explains their nickname given to them by the locals of “poor man’s lobster”.

We met so many wonderful people along our travels, we had such amazing experiences and we have fond memories to carry with us forever. Vancouver Island is absolutely gorgeous, the beautiful vistas are around every bend in the river and around every turn in the trail…

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Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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