Every couple of years I yearn for a winter trek through Carmanah Walbran. Easily one of Vancouver Island’s most incredible wild places, Carmanah is a forested sanctuary located 20km northwest of Port Renfrew.

This year my plan was quickly activated during a gap in assignments around New Years. We awoke before dawn and hit the road to find snow at Cowichan, eventually deteriorating as we approached the west coast.
Soaked in hoarfrost, the forest showed her unobstructed beauty as the sun sat low in the distance.