Three-Week Desolation Sound Flotilla Itinerary

Week 1

Day 1 - Bellingham to Bedwell Harbor (Poet's Cove) - Sail around the north end of the San Juan Islands archipelago to Bedwell Harbor on South Pender Island, BC. This is the Canadian Customs clearance point and the entrance to the Gulf Islands. Dock at the beautiful, new Poet's Cove Resort and Spa, taking advantage of the resorts pools, hot tubs, tennis court, pub and restaurant. Or you may tie up to a mooring buoy at nearby Beaumont Park (a short dinghy ride to the resort).

Bedwell Harbor

Day 2 - Bedwell Harbor to Telegraph Harbor - Wind you way north through the forested shores of the Canadian Gulf Islands into Telegraph Harbour. Telegraph offers 2 marinas plus anchorage options, a general store, barbecue area, and pub/restaurant. Get there early and you’ll have time to take the inter-island ferry to Chemainus, a charming Vancouver island town offering boutiques, antique shops and live theatre. (The ferry stops at both marinas.)

Telegraph Harbor

Day 3 - Telegraph Harbor to Nanaimo - Head north along Thetis Island and the unspoiled shores of four smaller islands. Slip through Dodd Narrows at slack to dock at the Nanaimo Port Authority. This city-front marina is located directly adjacent to the city with shops, cafes, grocery shopping and a beer/wine/liquor agency all within walking distance. It’s an excellent "jumping off point" to head across the Strait of Georgia to the Sunshine Coast and a great place to replenish your provisions before heading north. Nanaimo also offers a variety of restaurants and shopping.

Day 4 - Nanaimo to Secret Cove - Cross the broad expanse of the Strait of Georgia and head north through Welcome Passage to well-protected Secret Cove. Anchor (stern-tie option) or dock at the Secret Cove Marina. Peruse the local arts and crafts. The marina provides a restaurant, fuel, power, showers, ice, and a small selection of groceries, beer and wine.

Day 5 - Secret Cove to Lund - You'll head due north past Powell River up Malaspina Strait to a tiny fishing village at the doorstep of Desolation Sound. Lund provides docks (including floating docks without services), a small market and beautiful pub/restaurant overlooking the Strait of Georgia with its spectacular sunsets. In the morning, it’s a short stroll to a bakery with lots of delicious fresh-daily treats and specialty espresso coffees before departure.

Lund Harbor Lund Harbor

Lund Sunset

Day 6 - Lund to Grace Harbour - Then it’s north through scenic Thulin Passage between the Copeland Islands and the Malaspina Peninsula. And into Desolation Sound with its glacier backdrop and pristine scenery that make this one of the most spectacular vistas in North America! Then around the peninsula to protected Grace Harbour for a stern tie and dinghy ride to it’s nature trails.

Day 7 - Grace Harbor to Campbell River - A nice run west across the south end of Desolation Sound (have your cameras ready!) to Discovery Harbor Marina in Campbell River. Clean and tidy, with restrooms, shower and laundry. Provisioning, shopping, restaurants, liquor store and pub/restaurant right at the top of the docks. 15 minute taxi ride to airport, 5 minute taxi ride to float planes at Tyee Spit.

Week 2

Day 8 - Campbell River to Octopus Islands - Around the south end of Quadra Island, then north up Hoskyn Channel and through Surge Narrows. Anchor among an emerald cluster of islets. Idyllic coves and bays to explore with dinghy or kayak, or just sit back and relax and drink in the vistas.

Octopus Islands

Octopus Islands Octopus Islands

Day 9 - Octopus Islands to Toba Inlet (Wildernest) - From the Octopus Islands time the slack to breeze through Hole in the Wall and into the wide mountain-lined channels leading into Toba Inlet. As time and wind allows, make a run northeast along Toba and enjoy the many waterfalls. Overnight at the docks of the Toba Wildernest Marina.

Toba Inlet Toba Inlet Wildernest Wildernest

Day 10 - Toba Inlet to Prideaux Haven’s Melanie Cove - Down Homfray Channel around the east shore of East Redonda Island to one of the loveliest anchorages in Desolation Sound with its myriad of interconnected tiny coves for dinghy and kayak exploration. Great hiking trails to the coves if it’s time to stretch your legs. Hope you like oysters and clams!

Day 11 - Melanie Cover to Von Donop Inlet - East past Mink Island then northwest up Lewis Channel where it seems like you can touch each shore as you glide along. A long, narrow, serpentine entrance leads to a peaceful, completely protected, lake-like anchorage.

Melanie Cove Prideaux Haven

Day 12 - Von Donop Inlet to Squirrel Cove - A lovely protected anchorage with islets and it's own lagoon. A gorgeous 360-degree lagoon view. Plan on a bon-fire on one of the islets…it’s a tradition! Nearby settlement offers small grocery, liquor store and chandlery as well as laundry.

Von Donop Inlet

Day 13 - Squirrel Cove to Campbell River - Down past Kinghorn Island, around Mary Point and through the scenic Twin Islands. You’ll continue west around the reefs of Sutil Point, then a nice sail west to Cape Mudge and up into Campbell River for a “night on the town” starting at Discovery Harbor Marina and its adjacent restaurants and pubs. 15 minute taxi ride to airport, 5 minute taxi ride to float planes at Tyee Spit.

Day 14 - Campbell River lay day - Some charter guests will be departing for home (15 minute taxi ride to airport, 5 minute taxi ride to float planes at Tyee Spit.) Others staying on for week 3 will enjoy strolling this Vancouver Island town and it’s many attractions. You can also take the 15-minute ferry ride over Quadra Island for an afternoon/evening at the Heriot Bay resort’s restaurant and pub, often with live entertainment (a fun destination for Quadra Island residents).

Week 3

Day 15 - Campbell River to Laura Cove - Depart early morning from Campbell River east and north up Sutil Channel, then down Lewis Channel to Teakerne Arm and it’s legendary double waterfall and hike to the lake above. Then south to protected Laura Cove for oysters, clams and a good night’s rest in this tranquil little bay.

Laura Cove

Day 16 - Laura Cove to Lund - Heading east while enjoying the famous glacier-topped mountains of Desolation Sound, then south around Sarah Point into Thulin Passage along the Copeland Islands to a tiny fishing village at the doorstep of Desolation Sound. Lund provides docks, a small market, a fun pub/restaurant and a fantastic bakery and espresso shop. Enjoy a beautiful sunset overlooking the Strait of Georgia.

Lund Harbor Lund Harbor

Day 17 - Lund to Ballet Bay - South past Grant Reefs and Harwood Island into the Malaspina Strait to a small, quiet anchorage at the entrance to Jervis Inlet. More spectacular sunsets to look forward to!

Day 18 - Ballet Bay to Princess Louisa Inlet - First, you’ll wind your way along Jervis Inlet. Deep-water fjords, mountain vistas and almost limitless waterfalls! Then through Malibu Rapids (at stack tide) and into the beauty of this breathtaking fabled inlet and roaring Chatterbox falls (just 3.5 miles from the rapids). It’s been describe as a “flooded Yosemite Valley” complete with a half-dome mountain! Enjoy the views well into the evening on a mooring buoy at Macdonald Island or from the park dock near the base of the falls. A short trail leads from the dock to the falls.

Jervis Inlet Princess Louisa Princess Louisa Princess Louisa

Day 19 - Princess Louisa Inlet to Pender Harbor - Another day to enjoy the twists and turns of Jervis Inlet (pause to view the ancient rock paintings). Then down Agamemnon Channel and into the intricate network of bays and summer-home lined coves of Pender Harbor. Choose to dock or anchor in Garden or Hospital Bays. Full-service grocery store and pubs/restaurants (a great one, often with live entertainment, at Garden Bay).

Day 20 - Pender Harbor to Sucia Island - A great full day of sailing south through Welcome Passage. Then into the open water of the Strait of Georgia. Depending on wind direction, sail southeast or one big tack across to Nanaimo, then into the U.S. After clearing customs at Point Roberts, you’ll continue south to the “gem of the San Juan Islands”. Sucia offers unspoiled natural beauty, mooring buoys, docking and many secure anchorages.

Day 21 - Sucia Island to Bellingham - Enjoy an 18 nautical mile sail back to Bellingham on this final day of the flotilla. Stop in to our office to say "hi" to our staff before starting your journey home.

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