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Sewell’s Marina aboard Air France!

wildlife tours, corporate adventure
Dec 07
wildlife tours, corporate adventure

Viewing the wildlife

In September we collaborated with Air France to shoot a video to entice visitors from France to visit the Vancouver area. The video is shot through the eyes of a french traveler. This french traveler comes in three forms based on which rental car you choose; a newly wed couple in a convertible, a family person in a family vehicle or traveling with a group of friends in an SUV. The great thing about Vancouver is that there are so many options for those visiting our city that there is always something to suit the needs of every travel to Vancouver. Whether you are looking for museums, beautiful gardens, adventure, culinary or shopping Vancouver has it all.

Click this link to see what you could be doing in Vancouver or Whistler:
http://doityourself.airfrance.com/vancouver?locale=en_US

We are fortunate to live in a beautiful place and provide an authentic experience along side so many other operators in Vancouver. Get out and explore whether you are a local resident or someone visiting Vancouver.

Sewell’s Marina Top 5 Points of Interest

Howe Sound marine wildlife tour
Aug 21

Sea Safari Eco-Tour

  1. Defence Islands -northern most islands of Howe Sound and large Bald Eagle nests.
  2. Howe Sound Caves – peak into these sea caves created by hundreds of years of the waves surging against the shore.
  3. Playing in the ferry waves – the best natural roller coaster experience in our outdoor playground.
  4. Lighthouse Park –  the largest stand of old growth forest in the lower mainland.
  5. Worlcombe Island – the southern most island in Howe Sound on the door step to the Straight of Georgia.

Boat tours Vancouver, boat tours howe sound, marine adventures

Self-Drive Boat Rental

  1. Pam Rocks – a seal colony where moms have their pups and teach them their ways.
  2. Snug Cove – a small island community with amazing local shops and bakeries.
  3. Plumpers Cove Park – a Provincial park on Keats Island with a great lawn for a picnic.
  4. Christie Island – a bird sanctuary and home to Cormorants and Gaulacous Winged gulls year round.
  5. Cliffs of Anvil – witness the immense nature of the cliffs of Anvil created during the last ice age 10,000 years ago.

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Fishing

  1. Hole in the Wall – a historical fishing location for Chinook and Coho Salmon especially in Spring
  2. South end of Bowen – the hump is always a good spot from 1/2 mile to 4 miles out into the Straight of Georgia
  3. Hutt Island & Tunstall Bay – the top producing winter fishing locations for winter springs (Chinook)
  4. Bell Buoy to T10 marker – A great location August through September for any salmon that are open to catch.
  5. Defence Islands – Often a great location for Chinook Salmon and a very successful herring spawning location.
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What makes the Arbutus tree special?

Howe Sound, Vancouver
Aug 17

The Arbutus tree; also known as the Madrona or Madrone,  is native to the western coastal areas of North America. It is very difficult to transplant and loves very rocky areas that face south in the sun. Their bark is a orange/red colour and it peels like the skin of a snake exposing a satin feeling trunk underneath. It is an evergreen tree that flowers in the spring and grows red berries in the fall. When the berries shrivel they grow barbs that they use to attach themselves to animals for transplant. These trees can grow up to 98 feet in ideal growing conditions. Their colours and curving trunk makes them a beautiful tree to sketch into landscapes.

Howe Sound, Vancouver, boat rental, rent a boatFirst Nations people used the bark and leaves to soothe stomachs and sore throats. Often the bark was brewed into a tea to be consumed. Many birds feed off of their berries along with deer and bears.

They are made of such a dense wood and can grow relativity quickly that they do better after small forest fires that take out the Douglas Fir trees that block their sun. They can tolerate droughts as we have seen this summer but don’t fair well in an overly wet winter that leads to fungi growth on their leaves.

The best places to see them in Howe Sound is along the rocky shorelines that face south. Rent a boat or join the Sea Safari and check them out off Deeks Creek, the cliffs of Anvil, Lions Bay or Halkett Pt on Gambier Island.

Natures wonders are all around us, get out and explore!