I have said it many times, but we have incredible talent here on Vancouver Island. This is definitely the case regarding the large driftwood creations you can spot scattered around the island. You'll find them on beaches, in the forest, in a few local businesses, or on the side of the road.

There's a large concentration of these driftwood creations in both Victoria and Campbell River. Over the last few months, I've made it my mission to try and find as many as possible. I call it a driftwood creations treasure hunt.

It's been such an enjoyable task that I thought our readers would enjoy it, too.

Below, you'll find clues to help you find these amazing structures along Hwy 19A in and around Campbell River. In Victoria, there is an entire park home to many driftwood creations. You can find that information at the bottom of the article.

Let the driftwood creations treasure hunt of Vancouver Island begin!

Drift

Driftwood Creations Treasure Hunt: Campbell River

Seagle and Beagle

This magnificent duo hangs out at a well-known Royston resort and spa
With a garden so inviting, one has no choice but to sigh, “Ah.”
Not only are the oceanside accommodations and restaurant top-notch
You'll be safe and sound with these two eagles keeping watch.


Peabody

The official city greeter is Peabody the Racoon
Waving hello and telling you to come back soon.
Located along the sea wall north of Rotary Beach Park
Or along the same walk south of the 50th Parallel Mark.


Fergus

This sly fox has had a few mishaps
It has been stolen twice by some greedy chaps.
He's finally found his new resting spot
At the Campbell River Visitor Centre, a place loved a lot.


Buckminster

This grey owl has a home along Hwy 19A
Where he stands on a beach near a creek and a bay.
Oh, the stories he'd tell if he could only talk
You'll find him turning left from the parking lot.


Drift

Drift, a whale sculpture, nine metres long,
Created by Witcombe, sturdy and strong.
From Quadra to Campbell, by truck and by sea,
Now, at Willow Point, a sight for all to see.


Sarah

Sarah the Hererrasaurus is thanks to donations to an art campaign.
This dinosaur lives on a beach with Willow Point as its name.
With the beach to your left, head down the path
She's hiding among a few bushes and tall grass.


Richard

This One-Eyed Seal hangs upside down at Dockside
Hoping for some fish and chips and other things fried.
Keep watch in the harbour waters for its namesake
The real Richard may be swimming behind the boat wakes.


Chadwick

A strong-looking beast made out of driftwood sticks
This Cougar's home is at the Tyee Spit.
Much like Fergus, he's painted orange, black and white
Which helps him blend into his surroundings just right.


Bruce

Bruce the Bear stands tall and grand,
A driftwood sculpture crafted by a skilled hand.
In Campbellton River Village, he's a sight to see,
A community treasure where art and nature agree.


The Creator

The driftwood sculptures found at the locations mentioned above are made by the talented Vancouver Island artist Alex Witcombe. Since creating his first driftwood sculpture in 2015, Alex has created unique West Coast-inspired driftwood pieces for resorts, spas, developers, cities, events, and private clients. You can find more information about Alex and follow him on Instagram to keep up with his latest creations.


The Road to Get There

Many driftwood art sculptures mentioned in the above treasure hunt are found along Highway 19A. While travelling along this oceanside route, there are plenty of other great things to see and do.

Mayhew on Quadra

A Few Notes

The above-mentioned driftwood creations were the ones I searched for. However, my search does not complete the entire collection of driftwood art found in the northern part of Vancouver Island.

Another very notable creation by Alex is found on Quadra Island. Mayhew the Sasquatch resides near Rebecca Spit Marine Provincial Park.

To find Mayhew, go up the hill past the office of Wei-wai-kai Campground. At the end of the campsites, follow the trail going down to the ocean on the side facing Cortez. Turn left at the bottom of the trail, and you will find him nearby.

Also, if you turn right and walk for about ten minutes, there is a very interesting memorial to a plane crash years ago.

South Island Driftwood Creations

Esquimalt Lagoon must hold the record for having the most driftwood creations!

People flock to this beautiful area near Victoria to bird-watch and sunbathe. However, amongst the people and waterfowl, you'll find many unique creations by an artist named Brother Paul.

While there, we found 12 of his creations dotting the beach path. All 12 were various types of birds, and each one was just as incredible as the next.

How many can you find?

A creation by Alex (the artist mentioned above) is also found on this same beach. McGnarly, the Beach Ent, was created for the 2017 Eats and Beats Festival and is now the protector of the Lagoon, keeping a close eye out for birds and wildlife.

Ringwald

One last sizable creation (that I know of), made again by Alex, lives at Royal Bay Beach Park. Originally created for “Driftwood Days,” Ringwald the Mammoth and her calf now greet you when you arrive at the beach.


Answers to the Treasure Hunt

The following Google map link is helpful if you are unfamiliar with the areas mentioned in the above treasure hunt. However, to keep it fun, only use the map if you are stumped. The map also showcases a few extra driftwood creations not mentioned in this article.

Google Map of driftwood creations by Drifted Creations.


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  1. These are so beautiful! I saw a few whenever I visit the islands…

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