Last year we found a lovely anchorage in an unnamed bay on the east coast of Read Island with a beautiful view down Sutil Channel and the mountains of Vancouver Island. We headed there today, hoping it would be unoccupied and that the water temperature would be warm enough for swimming. The bay was empty and no one was at the very cute cabin at the head either—perfect! It’s amazing how few boats are on this side of Cortes Island, considering how many are in Desolation Sound on the other side of Cortes. The water was a little on the cold side for my liking (62 F), but I did get wet—can’t claim to have actually swum, but I did get wet. A little offshore breeze held Snug’s bow into the bay in the evening and we sat in the cockpit with a glass of port in hand, enjoying the view.