Shelter Point, with its picnic tables and concession well-stocked with ice cream, is as spiritual as it is beautiful. The huge trees form a picturesque backdrop, and in the summer there is even a sandcastle competition on site. The competition weekend also featured live entertainment, slow-pitch ball games, games and races, a beer garden, a barbeque, a pig roast, and a dance. In and around Shelter Point are easily accessible campsites and glorious hiking trails.
On a hike along the south-western edge of Texada, I finally spotted it. The 2.1 meter-wide Douglas Fir dubbed the ‘Grandfather Tree’. On a bank above the beach below, clocking in at over 600 years old, this tree was un-huggable in its girth. Locals dispute the actual name – some call it the ‘Magic Tree’ and others have dubbed it the ‘Mother Tree’. Many have said to have achieved new levels of spirituality in its presence and I had to shoot a panorama vertically in order to capture its majesty. On the beach the special flower rocks native to the island were prevalent but then something truly sacred happened. Doby found a rock with the symbol of change on it - a line cutting through the centre of an endless circle around the outside. Perhaps people are right about the powers of the magic tree. I saw peace and joy grace his face with this discovery and he excitedly carried the rock back to the car. I can't wait for my next journey back to this land of gold, 600-year-old trees magic rocks and healing.