Beach highlights the wild west coast

On the Pacific Ocean side of Vancouver Island, a huge inlet makes its way northeastward, extending arms in every direction. At its mouth it is scarcely discernible from the open ocean and boasts headlands with surf that will “knock your socks off”.

Hecht beach presents the visitor with a “roaring cauldron of surf.”

On the Pacific Ocean side of Vancouver Island, a huge inlet makes its way northeastward, extending arms in every direction. At its mouth it is scarcely discernible from the open ocean and boasts headlands with surf that will “knock your socks off”.

One of these spots is at the headland guarding Hecht Bay, an exhilarating beach reached by a logging road from Winter Harbour. On this day I arrived in a rainstorm and sketched from under a huge Coastal Pine. Watching at low tide from a safe distance, I could hardly hear the monstrous surf just beyond the dark rocks to the right of the painting.

This beach is not as accessible as Grant Bay, just a little farther inland on this same shore, but is well worth the effort. A stop in Winter Harbour to ask directions is probably a good idea since, with active logging, the access roads here can change.

One of the reasons I like Hecht Beach is its feeling of a still wild, pristine wilderness. There are huge stretches of beach here that have hardly been explored and offer the hiker hope of finding some true “beach treasures”.

This is a place where the enormous tides in this part of the Pacific totally change your perception of a quiet haven of sand into one of a roaring cauldron of surf; a place to remember that you must retrace your steps to get back home!

Just Posted

Port Hardy Reigns compete in Nanaimo at Island Championships

“We are very fortunate to have this opportunity for our youth in Port Hardy”

Derina Harvey Band – Heartfelt, Energetic, Celtic rock comes to Port Hardy

Front-woman Derina Harvey leads this Celtic-rock act, who offer an authentic east-coast experience.

OPINION: Urgent care room will cost lives

“Seniors, of any demographic, are the most vulnerable to the loss of emergency care.”

James Hayward coroner’s inquest rescheduled hours away from where RCMP shooting occured

The family is “a bit disappointed that it’s going to be held in Campbell River”

Deadline looming for North Island College scholarship applications

Students have until April 24 to apply for a record number of… Continue reading

‘No answers:’ Canadians react to Sri Lanka bombings that killed hundreds

The co-ordinated bomb attacks killed at least 207 people and injured 450 more on Easter Sunday

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

Most Read