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Cruising up beyond Northern Vancouver Island, during June, July & August of 2013.

Day 60 (2013): Comox to False Bay, Lasqueti Island

Day 60 (2013): Comox to False Bay, Lasqueti Island

Monday, August 12 It was raining hard in Comox this morning when we walked up to the avenue for coffee and a visit to the very nice yarn shop there. The rain came and went all day, and the sky was black and foreboding when we were crossing from Comox to Lasqueti Island. But by the time we dropped anchor in False Bay the sky had cleared and we had a lovely, peaceful evening doing not too much.

Day 59 (2013): Comox

Day 59 (2013): Comox

Sunday, August 11 We hung out in Comox today — went to an art show that was set up in the park at the marina, walked down to Filberg Lodge and had lunch in their tea house, and walked a trail in the Mack Laing Nature Park further down the road. Naida and Steve drove up and we had a good visit, hearing all about their trip to Ireland.

Day 58: Cortes Island to Comox

Day 58: Cortes Island to Comox

Saturday, August 10 Receiving word that Mum wasn’t well and was being admitted to hospital influenced our decision to head for Comox today in case I wanted to get home quickly. It was a lovely day to cross the top of Georgia Strait — flat calm and a gentle northwest wind. We kept a sharp look out for whales and heard there were orca between Savary and Hernando, but didn’t see anything. We tied up in the Comox Harbour marina…

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Day 57: Evans Bay to unnamed bay, Cortes Island (Plunger Passage)

Day 57: Evans Bay to unnamed bay, Cortes Island (Plunger Passage)

Friday, August 9 Most important news today — Casey Christine Mumford was born to Steve and Lindsay at 11:13 am. Ron is a grandfather! A pair of Common Loons was in the bay as I sat in the cockpit with my coffee this morning, and seals were making snorty and growly noises on the islet at the mouth of the bay. A line of seventeen mergansers swam from one side of the bay to the other. They usually seem to…

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Day 56: Von Donop Inlet to Evans Bay, Read Island

Day 56: Von Donop Inlet to Evans Bay, Read Island

Thursday, August 8 We made a short hop across Sutil Channel this morning, looking for a quieter anchorage (and cleaner swimming water?). We ran up to the head of Evans Bay on Read Island, looking for unnamed nooks where we might tuck in. We’ve been up there before visiting people who have a kayak expedition business and advertised in WaveLength. There are off-the-grid homes all along the east shore of Read, some quite substantial with multiple solar panels and wind…

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Day 55: Tallac Bay to Von Donop Inlet, Cortes Island

Day 55: Tallac Bay to Von Donop Inlet, Cortes Island

Wednesday, August 7 Suddenly it’s hot! Being below the rapids makes a big difference in air and water temperature and in boat traffic and chatter on the marine radio. We flew through Dent and Yuculta Rapids at the start of the flood tide, and rode it down Calm Channel leaving the Rendezvous Islands to port, then into Sutil Channel and finally into Von Donop Inlet. This is a long, narrow inlet with plenty of room and good depth to anchor….

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Day 54: Telegraph Cove to Tallac Bay, Cordero Channel

Day 54: Telegraph Cove to Tallac Bay, Cordero Channel

Tuesday, August 6 Today was a travelling day — we motorsailed the length of Johnstone Strait, bore left into Sunderland Channel, then right into Wellbore Channel (through Whirlpool Rapids) and then left again into Chancellor Channel, thorough Greenpoint Rapids, finally dropping anchor in Cordero Channel after 60 nautical miles and 9 hours, averaging 6.6 knots and having taken advantage of a flood tide and north wind. There are several sets of rapids that skippers have to plan for when travelling…

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Day 53: Telegraph Cove

Day 53: Telegraph Cove

Monday, August 5 In Jim Borrowman’s words, it was a spectacular day for watching marine mammals today. The Dall’s showed up pretty much right outside Telegraph this morning and followed us down Johnstone Strait as we headed towards Blackney Pass. It was quiet for awhile, then in Blackney Pass a group of Pacific White-sided Dolphins joined us and stayed with Snug a long way up Blackfish Sound, swooshing around the boat and criss-crossing her bow. We had heard there were…

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Day 52: Pearse Islands to Telegraph Cove

Day 52: Pearse Islands to Telegraph Cove

Sunday, August 4 We got into our slip in Telegraph Cove mid-day and headed for the showers, not sure how early the crew from Nanaimo would arrive. Which they did about 2:30. Linda had driven the whole way and was ready for a rest but David and Jesse were keen to get out on the water, so we cast off again with a promise to be back in time for dinner in the pub. There was a group of orca…

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Day 51: Eden Island to Pearse Islands

Day 51: Eden Island to Pearse Islands

Saturday, August 3 We’re setting ourselves up to be in Telegraph Cove tomorrow to meet our David, David’s friend Jesse, Linda (Jesse’s Mom) and another David (Jessie’s step-dad), so made out way to the Pearse Islands which are directly across Johnstone Strait from the cove. Jesse and family will be camping at Telegraph and we’ll take them out to see whales (hopefully) on day trips. After leaving Eden Island, today’s travelling took us on a meandering path among islands and…

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