Archive for the 'Harbours' Category

Winter Harbour

Posted on August 17th, 2006 by Steven

Winter Harbour is a small village. It has fish charters in the summer that support a half dozen lodges, a gas dock, and a store. The roads are uneven, the housesites rugged, and the settlement has a frontier feel. Winter harbour is large and deep, with a small entrance. This made it suitable for 19th […]

Sea Otter Cove

Posted on August 16th, 2006 by Steven

Sea Otter Cove ( 50°41′N, 128°21′W ) is a well protected bay about 10 nautical miles south of Cape Scott. It is well sheltered from the wind and swell: there was 1-2m swell outside the cove but no swell in the cove. The entrance is narrow, rock filled, and almost unmarked. The preferred channel is […]

Bull Harbour

Posted on August 15th, 2006 by Steven

Bull Harbour used to be a significant port. Roger Rue’s 1982 Circumnavigating Vancouver Island: A Cruising Guide says that there was fuel, water, ice, groceries, and a coast guard pier. None of that is there now. Bull harbour is still a must see. It is very well sheltered from the wind and wave. The harbour […]

Port Hardy

Posted on August 14th, 2006 by Steven

Port Hardy is the largest town on northern Vancouver island. Port Hardy has all services. Hardy bay is several kilometers wide at its mouth and several kilometers deep. The town is at the end of the bay. There is a narrows to a harbour, where there are three sets of protected docks. There are two […]

Alert Bay

Posted on August 13th, 2006 by Steven

Alert Bay is one of the few towns along our voyage. Alert Bay has stores, restaurants, hotels, even a police station and a hospital. Sailing directions lead us to believe that Alert bay had several marinas and a fuel dock. On our arrival we discovered that there really is only one set of docks and […]

Blenkinsop Bay

Posted on August 12th, 2006 by Steven

Blenkinsop Bay ( 50°29′N, 126°00′W ) is just a bay. There is no particular reason to stop there, it just happened to be a convient distance along our route. As is clearly indicated on the charts, most of Blenkinsop Bay is mud flats. There is a ridge that shelters the the North shore and beaches […]

Blind Channel

Posted on August 11th, 2006 by Steven

Blind Channel is a small resort marina. There may have been a village at some time in the past, but currently there is only the store, restaurant, marina, and a couple of houses. The store was very well stocked, and everything was done to a higher standard than we saw elsewhere. We didn’t eat at […]

Squirrel Cove

Posted on August 10th, 2006 by Steven

Squirrel Cove is a village and anchorage on Cortez island, facing Desolation Sound. The anchorage is past a narrows, with the village along the bay outside the narrows. The anchorage was crowded with dozens of large (40-70 foot) power yachts, but there was still plenty of room in the shallower areas, where the depth was […]

Copeland Islands

Posted on August 10th, 2006 by Steven

The Copeland Islands Marine Provincial Park( 50°00′N, 124°48′W ) is a popular stop south of Desolation Sound. The Copelands are quite pretty. We saw a number of Kingfishers, along with the usual collection of bald and american eagles. There are no facilities. We anchored among five other sailboats. We took a stern tie, just like […]


Posted on August 9th, 2006 by Steven

Westview is the small boat harbour in Powell River. The shore at Powell River is straight and the water is deep right up to shore. So the harbour at Westview is a dock with five fingers behind a stone breakwater. This arrangement works much better than I expected; the wind and wave did not bother […]