June 23, 2014: Welcome Harbour, Porcher Island

June 23, 2014: Welcome Harbour, Porcher Island

Chatham Sound was completely different when we left Rupert this morning—no wind, no waves. We fuelled up and ran down to have a look at the moorage facility at Rushbrooke (another dock a few minutes walk from town) for future reference, then out of Prince Rupert Harbour and over to Porcher Island. Conditions were great to have a tour of the north coast of Porcher, so we circled in and out of Humpback Bay, the site of an old fish cannery, and Hunt Bay where there were a number of homes, but only one with smoke coming out of the chimney, then down Edye Passage and into Welcome Harbour. Welcome Harbour is large, with numerous reefs, islets and islands (over 100 says one of our guide books)—lots of kayak exploring potential! By the time we got the hook down at 5:30 it was raining again and the wind was building. We spent the evening inside the boat looking out at less than conducive-for-exploring conditions—way too much wind and rain for paddling or rowing. Thank goodness for Snug’s pilot house! At 10:30 it was still light and the rain had stopped so we bundled up and sat in the cockpit watching the day fade. Wildlife seen today: seals, harbour porpoise, harlequin ducks, heron and eagles (of course).

 

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