Mainly kayaking photographs taken on the Isle of Man and beyond.

Thursday, 31 July 2008

Kayaking Isle of Man - Isle of Man Circumnavigation.

I received an email from Gordin Warner this morning. He is finally on his way to the UK, followed by the Isle of Man, arriving here on the 16th of August ready for his circumnavigation in aid of a cure for cancer. He has already raised over $5,000 for this cause and you can donate here.
I wonder what he will make of the Isle of Man? How will he contrast it to Vancouver Island where he lives? Having spent well over a month in B.C. myself I feel that these two Islands are very different. I really love both the Isle of Man and Vancouver Island, but in very different ways.Vancouver Island is 286 miles long, 50 miles wide and has a population of over 700,000. The Isle of Man is just over 30 miles long, 13 miles wide and has a population of approximately 80,000. The following is my impression of Vancouver Island.
Draw a line from just south of Port Renfrew to just south of Port Hardy. The line will be almost vertical but not quite. To the right of the line are the main population centres, industry and large conurbations. Some of these locations are stunning, and incorporate the Sunshine Coast and Gulf Islands. But they are organised and shaped. The tourists have taken over and there are vast Malls, billboards and wide streets. To the left of the line is the rugged, mountainous, sparsely populated, and densely forested Pacific Coastline. Many native people live here on the numerous reserves and large areas have changed little over the years. Transport and communications are not easy out here , logging roads and zero mobile coverage being the norm. But make the effort and the most stunning untouched locations can be reached and you can experience a peace and solitude that is hard to find in 2008. There is a sense of past and history. It is possible to appreciate a little of the isolation the early settlers must have experienced as there are areas here where communications and access to medical and other services are not present. You really are on your own. This may cause discomfort to many, but it is a feeling that is difficult to achieve in the British Isles. This is what I found very special about this amazing place.
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