Vancouver Island's West Coast | A Photo Journal
I will start by saying that Vancouver Island is truly worth your money + efforts. You'll find free spirited hippies throughout, ready to send you love + happiness; endless coffee shops full of entrepreneurs planning their next big gig; countless beaches dotted with sun lovers; and an abundant amount of surfers restlessly fighting to catch the perfect wave. The Island is a place to completely lose yourself in the natural state of wonder, constantly being in awe of what surrounds you. I've spent most days outside exploring my surroundings, trying to capture the beauty of it all and the Island has taught me to appreciate where I am, to take one day at a time, and to enjoy the simple things. Growing up here was truly a privilege.
Of the many courageous moments and stories created along this rugged coastline, one memory has stuck with me: a weekend getaway to Tofino. The whole experience encompassed what it meant to be an explorer, a dreamer, a creative soul, and most importantly an Islander. I learned about myself and about people. I came to sudden realizations and created the best memories I could hope for. It didn't matter what was happening elsewhere. The only thing that mattered was what was right in front of me. I was present.
That weekend away in Tofino started me on a path of determination to build a creative outlet for myself and for viewers. It's led me to amazing destinations I didn't even know existed on the Island and gave me an opportunity to grow as a photographer.
Our last night there, my best friends and I shared an evening of laughter and spontaneous beach photo shoots. It was full of moments that hit me square in the face. I realized this is where I belong. This is my home. It made me want to create and share with people the epic beauty of this quiet gem. This Island is to be shown, exuding peace and excitement all at one time.
With that, I share with you a collection of images from around the Island, collected over the course of many months. Enjoy the West Coast Collection!
Jaydia Leigh is a photographer based on Vancouver Island. You can see more of her beautiful images on Instagram at @jaydialeigh_photography.