Author Archives: Karin Cope

About Karin Cope

Karin Cope lives on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. She is a poet, sailor, photographer, scholar, rural activist, blogger and an Associate Professor at NSCAD University. Her publications include Passionate Collaborations: Learning to Live with Gertrude Stein, a poetry collection entitled What we're doing to stay afloat, and, since 2009, a photo/poetry blog entitled Visible Poetry: Aesthetic Acts in Progress. Over the course of the last decade, with her partner and collaborator Marike Finlay, Cope has sailed to and conducted fieldwork in a number of remote or marginal coastal communities in British Columbia and Mexico. Their joint writings range from activist journalism and travel and policy documents, to an illustrated popular material history of the Lunenburg Foundry entitled Casting a Legend, as well as their ongoing west coast travel blog, West By East.

The Sound of Running Water–Butedale Cannery

22 July 2012 We had planned to sail by Butedale, and rush onward to the hot springs at Bishop Bay.  But as we rounded the corner into Fraser Reach, BC Ferry’s Northern Expedition headed towards us, forcing us in closer … Continue reading

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Mysterious Music (Khutze Inlet)

21 July 2012 Klemtu to Khutze Inlet A pattering of rain all night, but come morning, there were glimmers of sun.  The fog lifted, the wind rose; we could see and count the mountaintops. And then they disappeared: fog and … Continue reading

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In Klemtu Anchorage

19-20 July 2012, Klemtu Anchorage (Clothes Bay) Marike Muses Anchored in Klemtu Anchorage, a mile south of the public wharves. It rained all afternoon. At 13h00 Zulu, we left No Name.  That was morning where we were. Zulu time so … Continue reading

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Why We Like Outposts

17-19 July 2012  Codville Lagoon Marine Park, King Island, Fisher Channel/ Shearwater, Denny Island & Bella Bella (Waglisla), Campbell Island/ Unnamed cove on Cunningham Island, off of Troup Passage We would have liked to stay in Codville Lagoon and hike … Continue reading

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Learning to Read the Weather

13-17 July 2012 Little Frypan, Penrose Island/ Codville Lagoon, King Island When you arrive on a new coast and listen to the weather forecast, the first challenge is to figure out where the weather reporting stations in your general region … Continue reading

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Rounding Cape Caution to Fury Cove and the Central Coast (Paradise!)

8-12 July 2012 Mound Island/Port McNeill/Blunden Harbour/Cape Caution/Fury Cove We met up again with our friends Rick and Dawn on Kalagan  at Mound Island, and crossed Blackfish Sound to Port McNeill, near the top edge of Vancouver Island.  There, to … Continue reading

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Circumnavigating Gilford Island (Indulging a Longing for Inlets)

6 July 2012 Viner Sound/Tribune Channel/Bond Inlet and the Ahta River/Sargeaunt Passage/Knight Inlet/Tsakonu Cove After days of rain and fog, summer suddenly arrived in the Broughton, hot and bright. We stayed moored to the Forest Service buoy in Viner Sound … Continue reading

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Fishing Lessons II (In which we kill a lingcod and learn to fillet it)

4 July 2012 Viner Sound, BC We were moored to a Forestry Service buoy in Viner Sound and our provisions were running low.  A fresh fish would be lovely, we thought. Our friend Rick, who had persuaded us to come … Continue reading

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The Sound of Something Vanishing (Billy Procter)

2 July 2012 Echo Bay, Gilford Island, BC We were eager to meet Billy Proctor, a lifelong resident of Echo Bay, now in his 70s.  Billy had worked as a fisherman, a hand logger, a beachcomber, a salvager, and an … Continue reading

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Echo Bay

When we first began sailing in British Columbia in 2011, we met many people who talked about how damaging and contentious salmon farming was in the province.  They talked about how dangerous salmon farms are to the wild salmon fishery—one … Continue reading

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