A dream come true for the cruising yachtsman are Desolation Sound and Princess Louisa Inlet. Beyond the “Sunshine Coast” is a majestic forested land accented by cascading waterfalls and giant glacial peaks. Nature abounds here. Encounter soaring Bald Eagles, inquisitive Harbor Seals and Orca Whales, whose knife-like dorsal fins suddenly break the water’s surface and disappear. Visit this wondrous land with its most interesting and beautiful protected anchorages… you’ll be glad you did.
14-Night / 15-Day Itinerary
Day 1 | Anacortes to Friday Harbor
Cruising miles: 21
Depart for Friday Harbor, one of the most popular tourist destinations. This island community is on of the best spots for shopping and dining ashore. The port offers transient moorage for 130 yachts.
Day 2 | Salt Spring Island
After stopping at Bedwell Harbour to clear Canadian customs, it’s on to Ganges at Saltspring Island. Ganges is a small artisan community with great shopping opportunities.
Day 3 | Pirates Cove
Pirates Cove, one of the Gulf Islands most popular provincial parks, is located on De Courcy Island. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy the variety of activities such as hiking, kayaking and beachcoming. Here is even a good place to jump in the water.
Day 4 | Nanaimo
At the north end of the Gulf Islands is Nanaimo. The anchorage at neighboring Newcastle Island is a nice historical place to tie up and explore the trails crisscrossing the island.
Day 5 | Pender Harbour
Across the straits you will find and area known as the “Sunshine Coast”. This region receives more annual sunshine than anywhere else in British Columbia. Pender Harbour will provide many tranquil anchorages and your last chance to fuel or pick up supplies before Princess Louisa Inlet.
Day 6 | Princess Louisa Inlet
Like Yosemite at sea level, you will find Princess Louisa Inlet magnificent. You will be cruising by cascading waterfalls under glacier peaks. Be prepared for awe inspiring scenery.
Day 7 | Ballet Bay
At the base of Jervis Inlet is Ballet Bay. This convenient anchorage was supposedly named by a ballerina who felt that the motion of the water was like a dance.
Day 8 | Savary Island
You will find Savary Bay idyllic. This island is almost tropical in appearance due the the ring of uncrowded sandy beaches that surround it. The water temperature here can be 80 degrees.
Day 9 | Cortes Bay
Beautiful Cortes Bay gives you several options. The government float provides 520 feet of berthage or you can anchor out and send the crew ashore to go blackberry picking.
Day 10 | Squirrel Cove
One of the most popular anchorages in Desolation Sound is Squirrel Cove. This is a good spot to practice your “Med” Moor. Plan on one anchor deep and stern to a tree.
Day 11 | Prideaux Haven
Prideaux Haven is one of the most scenic and unique anchorages found anywhere! Stop early to allow sufficient time to explore the numerous coves and passages with the dinghy.
Day 12 | Smugglers Cove
Clover leaf shaped Smugglers Cove is just off of the Welcome Passage. You will find rings have been set into the rock surrounding the anchorage to help make stern ties easy.
Day 13 | Montague Harbour
The BC ferries will help you locate Porlier Pass. On your protected run, cruise along the western shore of Galiano Island, and you’ll find Montague Harbour. A short walk from the marina is beautiful Montague Marine Park.
Day 15 | Anacortes
Cruising miles: 26
Depart early this next morning as you cruise through the heart of the San Juan Islands, across Rosario Strait and back to Anacortes Yacht Charters to conclude the vacation of a lifetime.