My earliest days were spent on mountain tops where my father worked in mines. Later we moved to a lake where I lived until I left home. Only a few families lived on the lake at that time so I had a lot of interaction with nature. Nature has always been my teacher.
I spent a few years at university studying literature, writing, art & philosophy. Spent a few years writing for newspapers and a magazine which I also edited. Taught school for a year; like teaching but not institutions. Eventually settled on starting a fly-in fishing and wilderness retreat camp at Blackwater Lake (also called Damdochax Lake) with ex-partner in 1978.
The fishing business has grown and changed and moved down the river so now the lake camp is available for a dream I have had for it, which is for wilderness healing retreats of all kinds.
I have watched almost all the people that have come for over 30 years leave healthier and more relaxed than when they came. Most of the reason is the wholeness of the natural environment which is a headwaters lake and river for the mighty Nass River.
There are no roads, no logging, no commercial development. It is an intact ecosystem that has a large population of animal and birdlife. It is in the uppermost reaches of the inland coastal rainforest that lines the Nass. We fly in from Smithers BC using floatplanes to land on the lake. Occasionally we use helicopters or share helicopter use with our camps downstream.