We spent the last week of August on Vargas Island but definitely have it in mind to return to this incredible area next season. Calm conditions in the Maurus Channel on the east side of Vargas Island Heading to our campsite at the northwest corner of Vargas Dick and Jane’s Beach This giant drift wood tree root was a great place to hang our wet gear. John Dowd’s dog, Lolita. As we were setting up camp, we were pleasantly surprised when Mr. Dowd dropped by for a chat before heading off to one of his favorite salmon fishing spots at the north end of the beach. He returned later that afternoon with two decent sized fish. While he does still occasionally paddle, he now seems to prefer rod over paddle. We pitched our tents further back from the beach head where it was more sheltered. Synonymous with this part of the west coast, a late afternoon fog rolls in and, in no time at all, completely envelopes the entire area. A few beachside photos The Whaler Islets - This stunning piece of real estate is an irresistible place to stop and have lunch[/b] Ideal conditions made it a leisurely paddle over to Flores Island Whitesands Cove On the final two nights, we camped at the north end of Ahous Bay where we also met up with several members of the SKABC (Seakayakers Association of BC) On another day trip, we encountered some decent sized swell as we made our way around the outside of Blunden Island. One of several protected coves that fringed Blunden Island Interesting fungi along the trail behind our campsite at Ahous Bay The wooded trail eventually led to a dune beach on the exposed side of Vargas. Wolf tracks on this long stretch of beach added further evidence to the howls we heard behind our camp during the previous night. On this day, we had the entire beach to ourselves. Sweet! Three SKABC kayakers paddling back to the campsite after a day on the water. Life is good. Our last day in the sound as we departed Ahous Bay along with our new found friends of the SKABC. A member displaying his home built sail. Making our way back to Tofino through the La Croix Group, otherwise known as the ‘Snakepit’ by some locals.