The making of a wilderness retreat with Lou McKee

Pender Harbour Wildlife Society

After many years of paddling the waterways and outer coasts of the Pacific Northwest, author and talented artist Lou McKee planned a short kayaking trip near Vancouver Island with friends and family. During that trip they chanced upon an enchanting stretch of beach and spent several days collecting stones, exploring the nearby creek, and breathing in the wonder of untamed ocean and wilderness. This remote Pacific coastal beach drew them back year after year. Thus, the Klee Wyck Cabin, as it came to be named, was born from found cedar beach logs and other reclaimed wood.

McKee took her journal and sketchbook with her to the cabin, documenting the construction of the cabin and rendering local flora and fauna. Collected together in print, The Klee Wyck Journal showcases the cabin and her remarkable lifetime on and near the ocean. Prepare for a remarkable journey of an adventure with an eye for beauty as you join McKee at the Pender Harbour Secondary School, Hwy. 101, on Oct. 16. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a 7 p.m. start. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, email or see

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