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Celebrate Bird Week!

Apr 04

Celebrate Vancouver Bird Week May 7-14. Whether bird nerd or bird curious there are walks, workshops, films, and lectures all week long and for all ages to learn more about our fine feathered friends .

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The Sewell’s Sea Safari has partnered with the Vancouver Bird Week team and we are excited to be offering a Sea Safari tour, May 14th 2016, from downtown Vancouver out into Howe Sound and back with bird expert Rob Butler (President of the Pacific Wildlife Foundation). Don’t miss this opportunity to learn some real unique facts about birds you see along the shoreline and beyond.

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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:

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.

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!