Ellen and Michel Desjardins were among the first residents of Spirit Bay, moving here from the hallowed halls of academia in Central Canada to be closer to nature.
Their story for choosing Spirit Bay speaks to the deep connection our homeowners have with this place. As Michel says:
We were staying at a local BnB, and found a piece of land on a rock outcropping at Spirit Bay that really spoke to us. So we spent the next four days coming back to the rock, sitting on it at all times of the day, getting a feel for it. That was what convinced us that this was the place for us.
The Desjardins are avid canoeists. In fact, one of their first purchases at Spirit Bay was a lightweight canoe Michel could easily portage to areas around his home. Despite its light structure, the canoe has proven itself a great platform for halibut and salmon fishing. Of course, there are some…limitations.
Some of the local anglers see me trailing a line in my canoe. They all laugh and say that when I hook a big one, I should just wave them over so they can lend a hand landing the fish. The fish around here are certainly big enough to put your balance to the test when you land them.
Desjardins has found Spirit Bay – and the culture of the Sc’ianew First Nation – an inspiration for his children’s books. His first story written at Spirit Bay? The adventures of an otter who transforms into a human.
We had the opportunity to share a canoe paddle with Michel one morning not too long ago. Enjoy the film – it truly gives you a glimpse into the unrivalled beauty of the pristine waters of Spirit Bay.
Check out the video below