Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Coastal BC Plants: Black Twinberry

T is for Black Twinberry

Black Twinberry (Lonicera involucrata)is also known as Bearberry Honeysuckle and Twinberry Honeysuckle. It a deciduous shrub that grows up to 5 metres tall. Black Twinberry can be found throughout North America. In British Columbia it is most common in the southern two-thirds of the province.  It prefers moist forests and thickets.

The leaves have short stems, occur opposite to each other, and have pointed tips.

Bell-shaped yellow flowers are in pairs. They develop into shiny black berries with bracts that turn red when the fruits mature.

This Twinberry Bush was found along the Theodosia Main logging road next to the river that flows into the head of Olsen Lake in June 2014.

For ABC pictures from around the world, stop by the ABC Wednesday blog. This is the sixteenth round of the meme established by Denise Nesbitt and now maintained by a team including Denise, Roger, Leslie, and other hard working volunteers. -- Margy

Sunday, May 24, 2015

FREE Kindle E-book "Up the Inlet" on May 24-25

Each month I have special offers for my Kindle readers. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to get a free book about boating in Coastal British Columbia.

Up the Inlet

Description: Come boating up the inlets of coastal British Columbia, where the mountains drop into the sea, and lifestyles focus on self-assurance and a different sense of purpose. Follow along as we cruise northward from the Strait of Georgia to Cortes and Quadra Islands, and beyond. More coastal cruising adventures beyond Up the Strait and Farther Up the Strait

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July 3-5

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Happy reading! - Wayne

Saturday, May 23, 2015

When the Dogwoods Bloom, Go Fishing

Up on Powell Lake the Dogwood trees are in bloom. Like everything this spring, they started a bit early.

As the fisherman's saying goes, "When the dogwoods are in bloom, fishing is good."

The Pacific Dogwood was adopted in 1956 as British Columbia's provincial flower.

I think it's a great choice. The large white flowers really stand out when you get up close.

Pacific Dogwood in Bloom

The tin boat (follow this link for a ride on YouTube) is our favourite for fishing near our float cabin. Wayne uses a smaller lake downrigger and fishes at about 25'. I let out a long line and work the surface waters. Once we got into First Narrows, I got hung up on a snag.

We maneuvered back and I retrieved my flasher and favourite lure. Then it was Wayne's turn. But this was no snag. He reeled in a nice rainbow trout. The first fish of the season that began on April 1. We continued to troll. I caught another snag. When I reeled in my line, there was a 2" (yes, two inch) bullhead. I'm sure you understand why I didn't take a picture. I'll try again before the blossoms fall.

Thanks for visiting part of my world this week. For more great posts from Our World Tuesday, click here. -- Margy

FREE Kindle E-book "Flying the Pacific Northwest" from May 23-24

Each month I have special offers for my Kindle readers. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to get a free book about flying in Washington and Oregon.

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Description: Airports of Western Washington and Oregon form the backdrop for adventures in the Pacific Northwest. Take the controls of a Piper Arrow, as your personal flight instructor leads you to out-of-the-way spots where recreational aircraft give us the freedom to pursue personal goals. Hints for cross-county and local flying, as presented by a 7000-hour FAA certified flight instructor. For armchair pilots and experienced pros, this book is an escape so realistic you’ll swear you’re airborne.

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July 3-5

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New Release: "Beyond the Main"

Beyond the Main
12th Book in Regional Series
by Wayne J. Lutz 

A new book in the series Coastal British Columbia Stories has been released by Powell River Books. Wayne introduced this series with Up the Lake (free for ebooks) in 2005, followed annually by additional titles that feature the Powell River region. All of the books in the series focus on the people and places along the Sunshine Coast.

The latest book in this series, Beyond the Main, uses a travel memoir format as the author explores the Powell River  backcountry by ATV.

Author Wayne Lutz at Olsen Lake.
I’ve concentrated on capturing the lifestyles of our region, where people are extremely self-reliant. When you travel the streets of Powell River, it’s a common sight to see quads in pickup trucks or loaded on a trailer, headed out of town. Where are all of these all-terrain vehicles going? And what is the attraction of this intense recreational sport? Heading off the beaten track, locals return again and again to the natural beauty of places where the mountains drop into the sea. -- Wayne Lutz

Beyond the Main is available at local Powell River bookstores and online through Amazon, Kobo, and other online booksellers. -- Margy

Friday, May 22, 2015

Reflections on Olsen Lake

Spring quad rides let us see lots of green and blue.

The water level in Olsen Lake between Theodosia Inlet and Powell Lake is pretty low this year due to the minimal snow pack in the high country. Even so, it's still a beautiful lake in the Powell River backcountry.

Today is Sky Watch Friday. Go to the Sky Watch Friday website and you'll see sky photos from all over the world! -- Margy

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Update: Float Cabins for Sale on Powell Lake BC

Spring is here! What a beautiful season.  Mild rain is interspersed with sunny warm days and cabin owners are enjoying the good weather. And the shoulder season is so quiet and peaceful. The Powell Lake real estate market has turned hot! There are lots of float and land options right now! Purchasing our float cabin was the best thing we ever did. Why don't you come up and see what Powell Lake has to offer.

Powell Lake Cabins and Properties

Are you interested in getting a cabin of your own? Here's an updated list of cabins and properties up the lake that are for sale. Some are through real estate agents, so you can get more information via their websites. Also, there's a unique opportunity to lease a float cabin, you pick the start date.

Powell Lake Cabin for Lease

FOR LEASE - Float Cabin on Powell Lake: A rustic off-the-grid float cabin is now available for lease.  It comes fully furnished and ready for immediate use. Accommodations include two bedrooms plus a spacious loft, a large living room with woodstove, a kitchen with propane range and refrigerator, sink with a hand pump for easy access to lake water, and lots of outdoor deck space. It's located in a protected bay twenty-five minutes from the Shinglemill. Call now and be ready to experience all that Powell Lake has to offer. For more information, contact John at (604) 485-2471 (evenings only).

Powell Lake Cabins and Properties For Sale

MLS LISTING: Harry at RE/MAX has a listing for a float cabin in a beautiful spot about a kilometre north of First Narrows on the left (mainland) side. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, perfect for family and friends. A large 50x50 cabin float plus an extra 24x24 float give plenty of room. It comes fully furnished with a good breakwater, bathroom, shower, fridge, stove, and lots of extras. Annual costs include a $500 yearly water lot lease and $250/year taxes. The price is $129,900.  For more information click here, or contact Harry Zroback at (604) 483-8333 or

MLS Listing: A rare 95 x 300 ft. freehold lot and land cabin nestled among tall evergreens just 10 minutes up the lake from Mowat Bay or the Shinglemill. It features a breakwater, dock, ramp, and walkway to the 880 sq. ft. cabin with 2  bedrooms plus a loft, flush toilet, shower, and solar power. Sit outdoors on the deck for beautiful sunsets. Enjoy swimming, fishing, water sports, or explore secluded hiking trails to Inland Lake. All this for the very reasonable price of $189,000. For more information click here, or contact Harry Zroback at (604) 483-8333 or

Powell River PEAK Ad (May 8, 2015): Updated 40X12 houseboat on Powell Lake. "New 140 hp Volvo engine, full 150 gallon fuel tank, 150 gallon sewage tank (NOT full!), 32" flat screen built in DVD player, sound system, portable gas fire pit, solar panels, 600 watt Yamaha generator, 1750 watt inverter, and much more." Priced to sell at $40,000.  If interested, call 604-223-9510.

MLS LISTING: Curtis Yungen of Re/Max has a float cabin located across from Cassiar Falls to offer. The cabin needs some TLC, so bring your tool belt and enjoy the peacefulness of Powell Lake for the very reasonable price of $65,500. And you even get an 18 1/2 foot Double Eagle boat along with the deal.  Click here for more information and pictures. For more information, call Curtis toll free at (877) 485-2742.

CRAIGSLIST LISTING: Here's a float cabin for sale in the Rainbow Lodge area of Powell Lake.  It's 16 x 20 feet with a full upstairs, capable of sleeping eight for large families or friends. It even has a new deck for enjoying the outdoors. Reduced to $87,000. Call (604) 485-5709 or click here for more information.

CRAIGSLIST LISTING: Float cabin on a 70x45-foot cedar log float in a private location 4 miles up the lake. Two story cabin with four bedrooms; bathroom with shower, flush toilet, sink; kitchen has propane stove and fridge. Comes with 3500 Makita Generator, solar power, inverter, deep cycle batteries, and propane tanks. Other features include Bosch instant hot water heater, woodstove, within cell reception, and much more. Priced to sell at $140,000. Click here for more information and pictures.

MLS LISTING: LandQuest Realty is offering 98 acres with 4,300 feet of lakefront on Powell Lake. In this location there is no zoning or building permits required. It is one of very few deeded properties on the lake, and by far the largest. The property is located in an area called “Rainbow” by the locals. This area is the calmest and warmest part of the lake. The price is $699,000.  For more information click here, or contact LandQuest at (604) 694-7626 or

Powell Lake Cabins for Rent

Off-the-Grid Cabins for Rent: This 8.35 acre lakefront property is 16 miles from the marina. Five one and two bedroom cabins all have: pressurized drinking water; septic for toilets, sinks and showers; and propane stoves, lights and hot water. Lounge on your cabin porch, enjoy the meadow, or go down to the lake to fish, swim or just relax. Access is by boat or floatplane only. Water taxi service is available if you don't have transportation of your own. Rates are based on the length of your stay. Go to for more information or email at

Float Cabin for Rent: "Casa Lopez" is in protected Henderson Bay. There are two bedrooms and a one bedroom suite. Amenities include: stove, fridge, BBQ, running hot/cold water, flush toilet, shower, solar power, kayaks (2), and peddle-boat. There's a 7-night minimum at $160 per night. Transportation to and from the water access only cabin can be arranged. "A little piece of paradise." Click here for more information, or call (604) 483-1032.

Powell Lake Cabin Services

Powell Lake Cabin Services: Already have a cabin up the lake? We are always looking for help with projects around ours. Our good friend (and float cabin neighbour) Justin Behan offers services such as cargo delivery, lumber packages, cubes, propane tanks, wood stoves, and anchor and rope supply. In addition, Justin is now a distributor for Sun-Mar composting toilets just like the one we installed in our new bathroom addition. For more information, call Justin at (604) 483-6527.

Powell Lake Real Estate: Want a real estate agent that really knows float cabins? That's Harry Zroback (our man Harry who helped us get our cabin) from RE/MAX. Harry owns a cabin himself, so he's an excellent person to contact for all your "up the lake" real estate needs at 604-483-8333 or

Powell Lake Stories

Want to know more about life up the lake. Check out these books from Wayne's Coastal BC Stories series:

Up the Lake (Free for Kindle and e-books)
Farther Up the Lake
Cabin Number 5
Off the Grid
If you have any questions about Powell River, Powell Lake or cabin living, I'd be glad to help out. Just leave a comment or use the e-mail link in my profile to send me a message. -- Margy