Ed Ricketts was a pioneering ecologist, a friend and muse to iconic writers John Steinbeck and Joseph Campbell, the inspiration for the character Doc in ‘Cannery Row’ and other works, an astute philosopher, the author of the book ‘Between Pacific Tides’, which describes the ecology of marine species from Alaska to Mexico, and the individual who created the concept of “the Outer Shores.”
The quest to understand the Pacific coast was central to Ricketts’ life and work as he delved into the intricate interplay between humans and the natural world. His work encapsulated a deep appreciation for the fragile ecosystems that thrive in these coastal regions. He recognized the profound interconnectedness of all living things and advocated for their preservation, leaving a lasting legacy of ecological awareness.
According to authors who have chronicled Rickett’s life, some of the happiest and most productive times of his life were spent on the shores of Vancouver Island, Clayoquot Sound, and Haida Gwaii. He never finished the grand survey that he dreamed of writing about the entire Pacific Coast, from Baja California to British Columbia. In 1948, Ricketts was hit by a train at a crossing near Cannery Row, just as he was preparing for an expedition north to the outer shores with Steinbeck. He would die three days later.
Outer Shores Lodge embraces Ricketts’ vision, providing a gateway to the outer shores where guests find their own connections with the natural world. The Lodge’s commitment to conservation and education aligns with Ricketts’ ethos, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the intricate coastal ecosystems. Just as Ricketts sought to explore the outer shores and uncover the wonders they hold, Outer Shores Lodge invites you to embark on your own transformative journeys, immersing yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty and profound power of this part of the world.
By adopting the name derived from Ricketts’ pioneering work, Outer Shores Lodge pays homage to the spirit of exploration, ecological stewardship, and reverence for nature. It serves as a reminder of the enduring importance of preserving the delicate balance between land and sea, inspiring guests to venture beyond the outer shores and embrace a deeper connection with the world around them.