The Pacific Northwest is a gorgeous getaway all year long, and Thetis Island, BC is no exception! This guest blog post was authored by Marie Marrs, who traveled to Andy and Virginia Lamb’s getaway, Cedar Beach Ocean Lodge, this summer, having been a winning bidder at the 2017 Fish on the Fence gala. Andy and Virginia gratefully donate part of this trip each year, and we hear from every traveler how wonderful it was…we encourage you to check out Cedar Beach and learn with the best – noted marine life expert Andy Lamb.
We all LOVED this trip. Having perfect weather was certainly frosting on the cake.
On the way to Chemainus Ferry Terminal, we visited Duncan Raptor Center, which was wonderful. Chemainus is a lovely little town that apparently has a noteworthy theatre operation. We did enjoy wandering around the town, viewing all their murals representing historical events & places and sampling goodies at the town bakery. On the funky ferry to Thetis we really enjoyed talking to all the First Nations students headed home from their school day in Chemainus to Penelacut Island, an all-Native island directly across from Lamb’s property on Thetis. It was the first ferry stop before Thetis.
The Lambs were very helpful when we chose a date, suggesting that low tide days were the best for treks to the beach with Andy, a biologist of some repute! It turns out that he has written many articles and books of Pacific NW marine biology. We found him to be accessible, articulate and hilariously funny. Of course we bought his books before we left! Virginia Lamb is a wonderful cook and operations manager. Andy’s sister also lives with them in their Lodge compound. She was a delightful individual who creates fused glass jewelry for craft shows. We all ate together, family style, at a huge banquet table. The atmosphere was warm and stimulating. The Lambs gave us lots of choices, including just relaxing under their fir trees, overlooking the water. But, adventurous as we are, we took everything: the tide pool walks, the kayaking, the woodsy hike, the tour of the island, good conversations, and relaxing under the firs — all punctuated with delicious meals! We can understand why several local couples have bid on this trip more than once. It is simply wonderful.