Growing-up Islander.


Imagine waking up in the morning, as a young child, and having 24 acres as your playground. Imagine taking a small 16 foot boat to school everyday. In fact imagine that the only way to get anywhere is that boat – to neighbours, groceries, friends, extended family – all a boat ride away. Imagine it’s just you, and your family on an island.

This is how I grew up.

I grew up with my mother, father, and brother on an island of 24 acres, off the coast of Vancouver Island.

That island I called home was Dayman Island.

We learned to appreciate nature, how to use the wind for power, the ocean for food, to tend to , and to look after each other.

With no phone, no hydro and only a small well… You learn to use VHF radios, to cook with a wood stove, to conserve water, make fire, and to be self sufficient.

Because we had to be.

We learned the difference between , and food. How to farm shellfish, chop wood, drive tractors…

We learned how to live a rustic .

I wouldn’t trade it in for anything.

Beautiful BC; thank you for a great life.

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