This is our new favourite local place to walk and explore. It’s also going to be a great place to run with Kep in the spring and summer. Prince Rupert is located on an island connected to the mainland via a bridge so it might surprise you to learn that we have very little beach. With the deepest natural harbour in North America, the downtown waterfront is lined with a narrow patch of characterless rocks.

Little treasure in hand. Still alive.

This little sandy beach is near Ridley Island, which is actually not an island at all! It’s where large ships bound for far off places are filled with coal or grain. There’s quite a bit to explore when the tide is out but the intact snow on the isthmus of the beach indicates that there’s still some beach to enjoy at high tide.

Exploring the beachHey Cam!

Lily’s eager to stay on the beach investigate shells and find rocks, like quartz. Leif is more interested in following paths through the forest between the beach and the ocean. I’m drawn to the few tide pools and walking on and under giant beached logs. Cam is simply content to be home with his family after such a long time away!

Kep, Leif and Cam going further

Deeking under a huge logAlder oxidising on the beach

(click to see any of the pictures bigger!)

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6 Responses to Ridley Island

  1. Erin says:

    You sound grateful to have found this spot! I like how there seems to be various nooks and crannies to explore, it keeps it interesting for when you want to spend longer stretches of time there. A different view perspective each time you come! Our closest beach is great, but being one long swath without the little jetties, isthmuses (is that the right pluralization?!), outcroppings etc it gets (a tiny, tiny) bit boring. I still love it though!!

    It’ll be great to see how it changes over the seasons via your lens!

    ~Erin xo

  2. Kendra says:

    This is a little odd, but I’m not sure how else to do this…
    I don’t actually know you, but I’m a mama in CA – really enjoying your writing, your process, how you (seem to) be with your kids & family…
    I’ve also been reading ‘Our Report Card’ – though I don’t know her either :)
    Now that ORC is ‘invite only’, I’m trying to find a way to contact the author & ask if she will invite me…
    Do you actually know her?
    If so, would you be willing to pass my request along?
    Thank You!

  3. Annie says:

    Kendra- I don’t know her as well as I’d like but I was able to pass the message on to Katherine. xx

  4. Annie says:

    Hee hee… Isthmuses- I think that’s right! I’m thrilled about this spot. Not only beach but sand too! That’s incredible for here. Most of the time you have to head out on the boat to get to a great beach. I think we’ll be heading to this one on a regular basis. I’d love to see your beach. I bet your boys would enjoy showing Lily and Leif it too!

  5. Tannis says:

    Hi Annie, I just discovered your blog and have really enjoyed reading it. I also live in Prince Rupert – we moved here 2 and a half years ago. I’m a mom of a 12 year old boy and a 10 year old girl – I’d love to connect and chat some time.

  6. Annie says:

    Hello Tannis! So good to meet you. I recognise your name. I think your husband invites me to a lot of neat community events on facebook! It would be great to meet sometime. I’ll see if I can find you on facebook…

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