Desolation Sound

We met Anne and Henri of Ariel X at Pender Harbour and spent the next 10 days getting an expert tour of the Desolation Sound Area and learning to use our prawn trap. After Anne and Henri went back to Vancouver we met up with Nancy and Phill of Forever Young and they showed us some of their favorite spots. For the last week we have been on our own, exploring more coves and bays. The last couple of days we have had some pretty severe weather but we are safely anchored, waiting for the storm to pass.

Now, for a little history: This area was named by English explorer Captain George Vancouver in 1792. He was tasked with surveying and charting the west coast from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Alaska. Although this area is extraordinarily beautiful, with soaring peaks, fjords and much wild life, George is quoted as saying “there was not a single prospect that was pleasing to the eye” – the old beauty is in the eye of the beholder thing, I suppose. Vancouver died at 40 of an unspecified disease, but he must have been supremely depressed to come away from here with that impression.

This area is largely undeveloped, although very popular with boaters. One very odd thing is that the water in the area is much warmer than southern waters. While we have been here it has varied from low 60s to low 70s. We’ve done a lot of swimming here, and we are having such a great time. It is truly a gorgeous area. The photos can’t do it justice, but I’ll let them tell the story. We are planning to head south in a few days, working our way back to Vancouver to get read to put Toga away for winter.

Anchored at Tenedos Bay

Anchored at Tenedos Bay


Sunset at Squirrel Cove

Sunset at Squirrel Cove


Mussels grow on trees here

Mussels grow on trees here


Hiking at Roscoe Bay

Hiking at Roscoe Bay


Squirrel Cove sock

Squirrel Cove dock


Roscoe Bay entrance

Roscoe Bay entrance


Side tied with Forever Young at Lagoon Cove, Pendrell Sound

Side tied with Forever Young at Lagoon Cove, Pendrell Sound


Alfred Island sunset

Alfred Island sunset


Sad goodbyes

Sad goodbyes


Ralph and Henri - pals!

Ralph and Henri – pals!


Salmon at work

Salmon at work


Beautiful sailing

Beautiful sailing


Sailing VIsta

Sailing Vista


Melanie Cove

Melanie Cove


Deer at Melanie Cove

Deer at Melanie Cove


Low clouds

Low clouds


DInghy parking for Charlie's walk

Dinghy parking for Charlie’s walk


Outdoor chess game at Herriot Bay

Outdoor chess game at Herriot Bay


More vistas

More vistas


Rebecca Spit park

Rebecca Spit park


Von Donop inlet sunset

Von Donop inlet sunset


Beautiful, harmless jelly fish

Beautiful, harmless jelly fish


Many jellies

Many jellies


Anne and Charlie kayaking

Anne and Charlie kayaking


Delicious prawn feast

Delicious prawn feast


Catching prawns!

Catching prawns!


Bucket o'prawns

Bucket o’prawns


ArielX and Toga rafted together

ArielX and Toga rafted together


Caught one!

Caught one!


Desolation Sound views

Desolation Sound views


Entering Desolation Sound

Entering Desolation Sound


Hiking at Lagoon Cove, Pendrell Sound

Hiking at Lagoon Cove, Pendrell Sound


Hiking at Roscoe Bay

Hiking at Roscoe Bay

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3 thoughts on “Desolation Sound

  1. Such beautiful scenery, and the sky is amazing. I am so glad you traveled to spots not accessible by road. You are true adventuring mariners!
    Is it the end of summer already?! Surely it’s too soon to head south? I guess when the weather turns, you’ve got to pay attention! Safe travels!!

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