Desolation Sound was the plan but plans change (lots of photos)

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  1. Westie

    Westie Active Member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Calgary
    2001 260 Sundancer towed with the power of an IFORCE V8
    7.4 L Bravo III
    Desolation Sound was the plan but plans change (even more photos with Orca photos )

    Here is a bit of an account of my 3 week holiday where I intended to spend most of the time in Desolation sound. As it tuns out I only got to spend a couple of days there.
    Total trip was 1224 Km and 1543 litres of fuel.

    So after a late launch at Cates park I headed up Indian Arm to Bedwell harbour in the dark

    Work up the next morning and found this view out the back of the boat. This is just about 10 Km away from Vancouver.

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    Stayed a couple of days near the bottom end of Texada Island. This is in Scotty bay on Lasqueti island.

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    Then it was off to Rebecca Spit on Quadra Island

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    Then up to octopus islands where there is a great lake for swimming about 4 Km up a trail
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    The weather forecast for the next few days remain good so this is where I decided that I wouldn't spend any more time in Desolation Sound. It was time to head north. I decide that I would tackle Johnstone Strait and head up to Blackfish sound and the Broughtons. Now those of you that know the forecast for Johnstone Strait almost always mentions strong wind warning or gale force winds but the trend over the last few days was calm in the morning and windy lat in the after noon. I decided I would go to forward harbour and see what it was like from there. Since I was by myself there would be no one to complain if it did get rought.
    First I hade to go through 4 sets of rapids, at hole in the wall, arron rapids and the dents (including a place called devils hole) and finally whirlpool rapids.

    I wanted to do them all in one go so it meant hittng hole in the wall about half an hour before slack on a flood tide
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    The destination that day was forward harbour.
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    Got up the next day to a few clouds but calm winds so up Johnstone strait it was.

    Leaving Sunderland channel looking up Johstone strait
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    More to follow of the most incredible place I have ever been on a boat.
     
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2014
  2. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nice shots, great story.
     
  3. strange weather

    strange weather Member SILVER Sponsor

    251
    Sep 4, 2010
    Lake Mead
    320 Sundancer 2005,Raymarine C80 GPS SmartCraft System w/Auto Pilot 5kw Kohler Generator
    T-VD 350 Magnum MPI Horizon
    Whew!!! What a sweet trip-the pics are great-keep sending them-be safe!
     
  4. Chris Nowell

    Chris Nowell Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 28, 2011
    Lake Okanagan, Kelowna B.C.
    '05 622 Hardtop w Alaska Bulkhead, 270 Mercury Marine sport inflatable, pulled by a 6.0L Silverado
    4.3 MPI Merc w Alpha I drive, 5 hp 4 stroke Merc aux.
    Awesome tour, thanx. We've done Johnstone Strait twice and lucked right out both times as far as wind went. Shootin' those rapids is a whole 'nother story though. We had lots of time to lollygag through at slack water. How did you carry your inflatable on the trip?
     
  5. BritLady

    BritLady Active Member

    Jul 30, 2011
    FL West Coast
    2006 - 340 SeaRay Sundancer, Garmin 840XS GPS & Garmin 7401XS GPS
    2013 - Mercury 280 RIB Dink 8'10"
    Inboard 8.1 Horizon Mercruiser & 2015 6HP Tohatsu O/B.
    Great pics, beautiful area, takes me back to when we lived North thanks for posting!
     
  6. mwph

    mwph Active Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Lake Guntersville, Tennessee River, Alabama
    1998 250 DA
    7.4L, B3
    Very nice. Thanks for taking the time to post the pictures.
     
  7. Bob & Sue

    Bob & Sue Active Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Browns Point Tacoma WA
    Sold 1999 270DA Sundancer
    5.7l Mercuiser
    Great pics and write up looks like a great time, beautiful country someday we hope to head north.
     
  8. Nehalennia

    Nehalennia Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Marysville, WA
    2001 310DA twin 350 MAGs, Westerbeke 4.5KW
    Twin 350 MAG V-drives
    Nice!
     
  9. Westie

    Westie Active Member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Calgary
    2001 260 Sundancer towed with the power of an IFORCE V8
    7.4 L Bravo III
    Chris : I have my dingy on weaver davits on the swim platform. My dingy is the one on the beach in Forward harbor, no motor on it. Carring it like that works quite well but I do have to put a couple of D rings on the transom because right now I just tie it down to the handle on the transom locker.

    Once I got to the end of Johnstone Strait and into Blackfish Sound the welcoming committee was waiting for me.

    These little guys were all over the place.
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    And so where these big guys.

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    And there were even some critters on shore to see.
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    More pics to follow. (You can't go all the way up there without getting some pics of Orcas)
     
  10. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Great shots. I can't wait until we can get back up into those waters. It's gotta be one of the most beautiful boating areas in the world! Thanks for taking us along with you.
     
  11. Jim W

    Jim W New Member

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    Jul 29, 2014
    Lakeland, TN
    2001 310 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7L vDrives
    Very nice pictures of what appears to be an excellent adventure. :thumbsup:
     
  12. katricol

    katricol Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 4, 2008
    LONG ISLAND SOUND
    2000 540DA
    CAT 3196 660 HP
    Nice post Westie !!
     
  13. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    This thread is fantastic. Wow, thank you for posting the pictures, those are outstanding.
     
  14. eweise

    eweise Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    453
    Aug 23, 2013
    Jacksonville, FL
    2005 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3L 220 HP, Alpha 1 Drives, 5E Genny, AC
    UNBELIEVABLE! What a fabulous looking place. Thanks for sharing.
     
  15. Westie

    Westie Active Member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Calgary
    2001 260 Sundancer towed with the power of an IFORCE V8
    7.4 L Bravo III
    Re: Desolation Sound was the plan but plans change (lots MORE photos)

    From there I went up Knight inlet.
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    And stayed overnight at a place called Glendale cove. There are a lot of grizzly bear tours in that area but I didn’t see any when I was there. I was also the only one in the best anchoring area that night.

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    When I went for a swim that evening I noticed two things. The water is pretty much fresh water up there and it is quite cold.


    Next day I went up Knight inlet a little further to see the sites.

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    Then it was back to Blackfish sound.

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    Stayed that night at a place called Crease island. Beautiful place and only one other boat there.

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    Perfectly calm that evening and the next morning

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  16. Fly'n Family

    Fly'n Family Member

    525
    Sep 19, 2013
    TX / CO
    2002 Cruisers Yachts 3870
    2003 Boston Whaler Sport 130 w/40 hp Merc
    Twin 425hp Crusaders
    Wow......beautiful, thanks for posting.
     
  17. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Great shots. It's nice when you cruise that area and get the flat waters like you did. Good planning on your part!
     
  18. Ctsearay

    Ctsearay Member SILVER Sponsor

    836
    Apr 19, 2009
    Milford Ct
    2002 360 Sundancer Twin 8.1's Tender
    10ft Hardbottom Walker Bay Genesis with Johnson 15 Hp
    Twin Pleasure Bringing, Fire Breathing Mercruiser 8.1 HO's
    WOW it looks amazing!
     
  19. jrseitz

    jrseitz New Member SILVER Sponsor

    307
    Jun 11, 2012
    Elkhart, IN
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing.
     
  20. Westie

    Westie Active Member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Calgary
    2001 260 Sundancer towed with the power of an IFORCE V8
    7.4 L Bravo III
    Then it was an other day for some more whale spotting. Lots more humpbacks but also saw these guys.


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    The following day it was down Johnstone Strait to Campbell River. Only problem was it was quite foggy. This is after the fog had more or less cleared once I got to the south end.

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    I got to just above Seymour Narrows when I saw these guys. I had about a half hour before slack tide at Seymore narrows so I watched them for a while. With the super moon the tides were very extreme, about 5 meter swing so you really had to time the passage through the narrows well.

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    Any of you who have ever heard the marine forecast for the Pacific waters in BC would have heard of Chatham Point light house. Well here it is
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    And one more shot before on the final night in Smuggler Cove.

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    The next morning it was raining and windy so I had about a 2.5 hour run back to Vancouver in less than ideal conditions. This was the only bad weather I had on the trip though so I can't complain. I never even put up the canvas for the whole trip. I got to Vancouver, hauled the boat and decided to head back to Calgary that day. I planned on only going part way as it was already 3:00 pm by the time I left Vancouver. I figured I just stop when I felt I was tired, but I ended up driving all the way and arrived back in Calgary at 3:30 am the next morning.
     
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2014

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