A Free Feast

While descending to the rocky shoreline on our Gowlland Tod Provincial Park hike, I wandered over a beach covered in pebbles and shells. I didn’t notice what lay over the boulders at first. I was too busy studying a starfish half hidden amongst the rocks.

But after gazing at the expanse of water across Saanich Inlet from Finlayson Arm, and the giant firs  and arbutus close to the water’s edge, I discovered the shells covering the rocks. They may have been camouflaged by barnacles, but once I cracked open one and tasted that distinctly pungent flavour, I knew we were on to something.


After we slurped down one tangy oyster after another, we tossed the left over shells into the sea and were amused by baby crabs fighting over the pickings.