All of the beaches on west coast of Vancouver Island have huge accumulations of flotsam and jetsam in the form of logs and other debris from the forestry industries farther up the coast. April 25, 2009, we went for a walk on Whiffin Spit, which is a long neck of beach in the village of Sooke, a few miles west of Victoria. The spit separates the harbour (Sooke Basin) from the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which in turn separates Canada and the USA out to the open Pacific Ocean. We came upon this whimsical manor house which someone had taken the time and effort to construct(?) out of a few logs on the beach.
There was room to get inside and on a nice day was probably a great spot for a picnic. However, the roof leaked. A lot.
Taken with a Fuji S100FS camera.


  • Wanda Raines
    Wanda Rainesover 5 years ago

    Just imagine the hard work to put this together. Great find.

  • Hi Wanda.. I was quite surprised when we found it, it looked really quite comical, but you’re right, somebody went to a lot of effort to put it together!

    – George Cousins

  • Adrian Kent
    Adrian Kentover 5 years ago

    Someone was keen to leave their mark!! Great photo!

  • Hi Adrian, many thanks. It was probably one of those things where someone suggested it as a dare and a bunch of others took him/her up on!

    – George Cousins

  • annk
    annkover 5 years ago

    Great capture and so intruiging and I wonder how long it took to build.
    Kind regards ann

  • Thanks Ann, I imagine it took awhile and quite a lot of muscle. Those old logs get much heavier after being in the ocean for a long time. Cheers!

    – George Cousins

  • Kazzoom
    Kazzoomover 5 years ago

    Congrats on being Featured in the Flotsam & Jetsam Group

  • OaklandPhoto
    OaklandPhotoabout 2 years ago

    Great photo! Looks like someone wanted a little hide out! x

  • Yes, smaller kids would have had a lot of fun with it, but it had to be some big husky ones to put it together.Maybe it was their place for beer and whatever…lol!!!

    – George Cousins

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